Jody Watley 2017 Favorites

2017 was another memorable year on the journey.

Here are some of my favorite moments topped with being the recipient of 2017 Crossover Music Icon on the broadcast new awards show Black Music Honors. One of the special elements of the show is their connection with National Museum of African American Music. The sculpture “Traveling Through Time Rhapsody and Rhythm” represents 50 plus genres of African American Music spanning 400 years of American culture designed by Jamaal B. Sheats exemplifying the mission of NMAAM to celebrate, preserve and educate contributions African Americans make to American music.

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The music tribute by Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Greene was beautifully done.

A Jody Watley Inspired Collection at LA Fashion Week Presentation by Richard Hallmarq

Great Concerts – one of my favorite was The Greek Theatre Freestyle Festival and I really enjoy the different of generations and diversity in my squad. The little ones call themselves WatleyBabies. Music transcends all to those open to it.

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Receiving an Honorary Proclamation from the City of Long Beach while their to perform at Pride.

80’s In The Sand. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – I’ll be back again in 2018! Book early!

With Downtown Julie Brown!

Concerts!!

Colors of Christmas

Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and Ruben Studdard

Silent Night with Ruben Studdard

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Sanctuary Video and Song a Reminder create positive and loving environments.

Japan Billboard Live is always fantastic – I love Japan!

My trip to Beijing China to perform a special Valentines Concert and the Blue Note afforded me to opportunity for some incredible sightseeing experiences including visiting the Great Wall Of China.

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Started the year with a sold out birthday concert at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of my Grammy winning solo debut.

In gratitude- looking forward to more adventures in 2018!

Up next Blue Note Napa January 27 for my birthday celebration.

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Tickets: Blue Note

Jody Watley ft. SRL Concert Review. The Roxy Theater 2017

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Jody Watley. Live at The Roxy 2017. Photography Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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Jody Watley. The Roxy Theater. Photography: Duane Abner.

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SRL. Live at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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#SRL set within Jody Watley concert. The Roxy Theatre. New Music. Jody and Rosero Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

Read the Review from the sold-out The Roxy Theatre on HighWireDaze: Here

Concerts Up Next:

Tokyo Feb.6-7 Billboard Live

Osaka Feb. 9-Billboard Live

Beijing Feb. 14 – Blue Note “An Evening of Love and Soul” with Jody Watley

Chicago May 25 The Promontory, Hyde Park

Niagra Falls  May 26 Seneca Niagra Resort & Casino Bears Den

New York  May 27 B.B. Kings

More dates TBA.

 

Jody Watley Celebrates Jody 30 and New Music ft. SRL at Another Sold Out Concert at The Roxy Los Angeles

It was another unbelievable night of good vibes and loved delivered and shared with a sold-out rapturous and diverse crowd at legendary The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA on the Sunset Strip.

Local house music DJ Ben set the mood.

A lot of songs from my debut of were performed of course,  and as well I mixed it up with hits and gems from other albums including the current “Paradise” – but the night was really a celebration of my Grammy nominated debut single “Looking for a New Love” and Grammy winning introduction as a solo artist, as well as it being my birthday weekend and having the opportunity to share with my fans. My style vibe accented the night with some pieces from the Marc Jacobs classic MTV inspired 2017 Fall Capsule Collection, as well as a custom lace tux by designer Kevan Hall for ‘Real Love’ finale. Levi Seacer Jr. my new music director did an incredible job updating some of the arrangements giving the band an overall funkier feel.

Because pop icon George Michael was also a part of my first record, an acoustic tribute to him , performing one of my fav’s of his ‘Waiting For That Day’ was also a part of the evening of music. My emotions ran high.

One of my favorite elements of the new show for Los Angeles was adding little kids to the dance squad – a nod to my ‘Dancer’ video. It’s about diversity and that means a variety of ages onstage as well.

 

SRL. devoted our set to new music including a preview of our song called ‘What’ which will be on the forthcoming “Bridges.”

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Squad. Sir Charles, Emma Wages, John ‘Havic’ Gregory, Gabe De Guzman, Will Smith II, JoeJoeGrooves, Tahani Anderson, Lyric Heck with Jody Watley and SRL.

 

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Sold Out.

 

Fan photo’s.

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SRL. Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy.

 

 

Photography by Duane Abner. All rights reserved.

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Love. Jody Watley. Live at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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SRL. Jody Watley with Rosero McCoy. LIVE at The Roxy. What. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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SRL. Photography by Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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A great  spontaneous moment at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c)2017

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“Anyone want to freestyle with us?!” The answer was yes! Two original Soul Train dancers  were in the house and turned it out..even gave us a classic hustle that was everything!

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Jody Watley “Looking for a New Love” 30. Photography (c) 2017 Duane Abner

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Jody Watley ‘Waiting for That Day.” Tribute to George Michael  Live at The Roxy.

 

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Nate Allen Smith. SRL. Levi Seacer Jr. Photography Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love. 30. The Roxy limited edition poster.

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Three generations. America’s Next Top Model winner and designer Naima Mora, with her Mom and sister. Limited edition T’s at The Roxy.

Naima Mora – Check out her boutique! I’ve worn one of the designs from her collection, I’m such a fan of hers and met her recently – total sweetheart.

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A great night! Jody Watley ft. SRL Photo by Wallace Butts, Avid Music Inc.

Jody Watley Performs Classic Celebrating New Love 30 on Good Day LA

Celebrating the Grammy nominated debut single “Looking For a New Love” and my breakthrough Grammy winning debut release – 2017! “I’m going home now..where are my keys?!”

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Before rocking it, early morning Fox 11 Good Day LA (Joe Joe Grooves, John ‘Havic’ Gregory. Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy, Sir Charles)

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Good vibes! Good Day LA. with on air personalites Bob DeCastro and Araksya Karapetan

 

Watch it Now: Here

Up Next: The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles January 28, 2017. This will be a special evening!

 

Jody Watley Discusses Enduring Music Career and Upcoming Local Performance – KTLA

 

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Jody Watley with KTLA Entertainment’s Sam Rubin

In case you missed this morning’s interview with the always charming Sam Rubin of KTLA 5 Entertainment. Watch it Now : Here on KTLA 5

 

Jody Watley The Live Experience.

 

This month!

Catch Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded “SRL” – Celebrating my solo debut single, new music from SRL, another year around the sun and the blessing of life in a crazy unpredictable world.

January 28 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles – Tickets: Here

Jody Watley Upcoming Concerts and Thought of The Day.

It’s your life – live it!

 

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Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

 

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SRL.  Photography: Viktoria Paschuta

 

 

Up Next:

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January 28, 2017 The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded aka SRL

Get Tickets: Ticketfly

 

Jody Watley and SRL – A Soulful Blend

It has been and exciting year full of concerts, new music and video. Jody Watley was just named one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine. You know you’re in for a good time whenever she hits the stage  in a genre blending catalog that covers Pop, R&B/Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ambient and Electronica with a message always rooted in love. That’s inspiration.

Jody Watley and the hot new trio SRL with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy are set to return to the stage with their soulful blend of music and sleek choreography to the stage in recently announced concerts including the just announced return to B.B. Kings New York in Times Square. Here are the new series of promotional flyers for BB Kings NYC.

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This is a must experience concert event.

Get Tickets BB KINGS MAY 27, 2017 : TicketMaster

LIVE AT THE ROXY THEATER LOS ANGELES JANUARY 28, 2017 – TICKETFLY

BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO FEB 6-8

BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA FEB 9

ALSO ON SALE :

80’S IN THE SAND PUNTA CANTA RESORT NOVEMBER 11-18, 2017 : BOOK NOW

MORE DATES TBA!!!

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DANCER (Cut Correct and Rhe’ Remix) Concept Video.

 

Just Announced. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Set To Return to New York.

We’ll be going back to another of our favorite music venues – B.B. Kings in Time Square. Good food, good music, good times. Let’s get it IN! Get your tickets early this is another date that usually sells out. By that time the new Shalamar Reloaded ‘Bridges’ collection should be out and as always my show as well as that of SRL is always evolving and changing. As well, our shows have turned into social hookups and mixers with Wattage fanfam crew showing up and connecting in the music and making friendships in real time offline.  It’s not just a concert with two shows in one – it’s an experience. Tickets: Here

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Also On Sale Now:

Riverside Casino, Riverside Iowa Dec. 17, 2016

A Saturday Night Experience!! GoldenVoice Concerts Presents Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded LIVE The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles Jan.28, 2017 Get Tickets: Here

“Jody Watley is serving notice she isn’t resting on her past glories and proved she is still a talented force to be reckoned with.” Harriet Kaplan SoCalMusicToday Concert Review, 2016

Grammy Award Winning Pop/R&B/Dance and Style Icon Jody Watley has the distinction of being named “one of the most prominent visionaries of her era” by Wax Poetics magazine. With millions of albums sold, 13 #1 singles including classics “Don’t You Want Me”, “Looking for a New Love” with it’s signature pop culture phrase “Hasta la Vista Baby” and “Friends” with Eric B & Rakim the groundbreaking single that first catapulted the rap/sung verses into the mainstream). She was also the distinct sound of the group Shalamar as an original member with such hits as “Take That To The Bank and club classic “A Night To Remember.” Watley’s music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, HipHop, Dance/Electronica as well as recent collaborations with modern boogie ambassador Dam-Funk, nu jack duo French Horn Rebellion, venerable jazz and dance musician remixer Mark de-Clive Lowe and folk artist Peter Harper – Jody Watley continues to evolve artistically. Add groundbreaking ad campaigns, and fashion layouts and you’ll understand why Watley remains a venerable force creating the template for other female artists in music today.

It’s also her modus operandi with Shalamar Reloaded “SRL” her new vocal dance trio for the new millennium. “We’re not a group from the past, though there is some obvious inspiration and a nod to that. We are new and now. Our sound is smooth with an edge.. and I bring my unmistakable sound” states Watley. “Our stage show has fresh choreography and state-of-the- art musical beds composed of innovative beats and forward grooves. We are originals – a new group for a new generation. ” Adds Rosero McCoy. “This is not a throw back group, Jody is not a throw back nostalgia artist. This is an experience where classic meets new and it holds up to any contemporary show touring today.”

Joining Watley for Shalamar Reloaded are Oakland born and raised singer/performer/choreographer Rosero McCoy (KekePalmer, Usher, Beyoncé, America’s Next Best Dance Crew, Shake it Up, The Sing Off) and breakout new male lead talent Nate Allen Smith a native of Ohio. With critically acclaimed singles and video (SlowDance, O.R.I.G.IN.A.L.) including the hot new single “The Mood” under their belt; television appearances, a special on SIRIUSXM, rave concert reviews and sold out shows; Jody Watley and SRL are set to release their debut album “Bridges” in 2017.

 

Jody Watley. November Update.

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In case you’ve missed posts – out now is the new single and video “The Mood” from my new group SRL – Shalamar Reloaded featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. We formed in 2015 and have performed countless sold-out concerts in the USA to rave reviews, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), Brazil, London (Let’s Rock London, Happy Day Music Festival), Netherlands (Amsterdam’s Melkweg). We just did 2 TV shows in Washington DC as a group (WUSA9 and Roland Martin NewsOneNow), I did 2 solo TV appearances (Fox5DC and ABC7 Good Day Washington). There are numerous blog reviews and interviews like this one on ABCNews RadioOnline, and our second special aired on SIRIUSXM ‘The Groove’ with BK Kirkland October 29. Get in The Mood – iTunes

My most recent solo release is the critically acclaimed “Paradise” as well as ‘Dancer’ Remixes available at digital outlets worldwide. I’d still like to do a video for ‘Sanctuary’ and or ‘The Dawn.’ In this era there really are no rules with regard to releasing music and how long a project lives in the social realm. Youtube is the place for video releases no more waiting for networks to play it. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Here I’m still amazed at how behind the times some fans remain in how they discover and keep up with artists they like – speaking of veteran artists like me primarily. We live in an information age..but some don’t use tools of reading and research no matter the topic to keep up or simply get informed.

After performing with Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony I’m inspired to make my next solo release symphonic. It will take time and I’ll probably do a crowd-funding for it due to the nature of recording a project like that. Stay tuned. As well, check out my recent collaborations with Dam-Funk from his ‘Invite The Light’ collection (Virtuous Progression) and French Horn Rebellion (Dancing Out, Cold Enough)..and I’ll keep you posted on my recent recorded duet ‘A Million Miles” with folk artist and sculptor Peter Harper (brother of Ben Harper).

 

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DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Get taken away to PARADISE: iTunes DANCER Concept Video: Watch it Here

Up Next:

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November 11 Yoshi’s Oakland  it’s a new show from the last time we were there one of the exciting changes is the SRL set is now more focused on our own new music and my solo set has also changed -it’s hotter than ever. Tickets

Dec. 17, 2016 – Riverside Casino & Gold Resort Riverside Iowa

January 28. Golden Voice Presents Jody Watley and SRL  Tickets Now on Sale for my return to The Roxy Theatre for another birthday concert party – Tickets

Billboard Live Tokyo Feb. 6 – 7 , 2017

Billboard Live Osaka Feb. 9, 2017

 

Keep it movin’ forward!