It’s Official – Jody Watley Day In Atlanta Confirmed

Dr, Jody Watley Day In GA

Jody Watley. Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release – Pamela Broussard The BNM Publicity Group May 12, 2022

The Iconic Singer Songwriter will be honored at a special event and receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at Georgia State Capital. June 2, 2022.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – UNITED STATES,  – Atlanta is celebrating iconic singer Jody Watley with Jody Watley Day event inside the Georgia State Capitol onThursday, June 2, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

The legendary singer will also be publicly recognized for her time, effort, and dedication to humanity in the form of the prestigious Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. She is confirmed to attend the event.

“We are so excited to designate June 2nd as Jody Watley Day in Atlanta, Georgia,” says Georgia Assemblyman Billy Mitchell,” “She is truly the epitome of grace, excellence, class, and a gifted songstress and songwriter.”

Dr. Jacqueline Mohair, founder of Trinity International University of Ambassadors adds, “There is not a more deserving recipient to receive this honor than Dr. Watley who have paved the way for so many others.”

Former representative Dr. Dee Dawkins-Haglier and candidate for Georgia Secretary of State who will be providing remarks at the ceremony says, “Dr. Watley is a music icon whose music has blessed and inspired millions.” “It is a joy to recognize her in the State of Georgia.”

With over forty years in the music industry, the iconic singer, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop who continues to be a solid and stellar fixture in entertainment. Her enchantingly smooth voice and memorable favorites can be heard all over the world. 

From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim pairing that is the first to crossover R&B/Hip-Hop, Pop and Dance into the Billboard Top 10 “Friends,” to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Ms. Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

As a solo artist, the pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and Platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. In 2018, Billboard Magazine included Jody Watley in the Top 60 Hot 100 Female Artists of All Time and Top 25 Top Female Dance Artists of All Time. Her timeless series of hit songs such as “Looking For a New Love,” “Real Love,” “Still A Thrill,” “Some Kind of Love,” “Everything,” and “Friends ft. Eric B & Rakim,” are favorite classics still today played on the airwaves. Ms. Watley was also named as First Ambassador in 2021 to the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville and in 2022, she received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business. 

“I am truly honored for this recognition from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris,” says Dr. Jody Watley. “I am also grateful to Representative Billy Mitchell and Dr. Jacqueline Mohair for nominating me for this prestigious award.” 

About Jody Watley

Dr. Jody Watley, singer, songwriter, producer, businesswoman, and motivational speaker is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim pairing that is the first to crossover R&B/Hip-Hop, Pop and Dance into the Billboard Top 10 “Friends,” to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre. Ms. Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

As a solo artist, the pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and Platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. In 2018, Billboard Magazine included Jody Watley in the Top 60 Hot 100 Female Artists Of All Time and Top 25 Top Female Dance Artists of All Time. Ms. Watley was named as First Ambassador in 2021 to the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville and in 2022, she received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business. 

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About The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards are an annual event held to honor those in our nation who exhibit outstanding character, worth ethic, and dedication to their communities. The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards has rapidly become recognized as an immense honor and highly anticipated annual event. In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to honor outstanding citizens giving their time to volunteering and helping their communities.

Jody Watley – Talks Songwriting In New Interview

The Jody Watley interview with Carl Wiser Songfacts only scratches the surface of Watley’s extensive history and diverse catalog but definitely a worthy read with some origins of what inspired that aspect of her life and career. We wish he’d asked about writing the poignant “16” covered by Destiny’s Child on their multi platinum “Writing’s On The Wall!” album.

by Carl Wiser – Songfacts

“2022 marks the 35th anniversary of Jody Watley’s groundbreaking debut album, which earned her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Watley wrote lyrics and melodies on songs like “Looking For A New Love,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Still A Thrill,” and “Some Kind Of Lover.” They had power and attitude, and some very memorable lines, including one Arnold Schwarzenegger stole: “Hasta la vista, baby.” Watley’s songs were all over the radio, and her high-concept videos garnered lots of airplay on MTV and BET, where she set trends in fashion and dance.

She’s been making music ever since, writing, producing and recording in a variety of genres from R&B pop, dance/club, house, jazz, to ambient electronica, releasing it since 1995 on her own independent imprint, Avitone Recordings. The discography is extensive, with a long list of entries on at least 20 different Billboard charts and many more globally. Among her honors and achievements: six Top 10 Hot 100 singles, 15 Top 40 singles, 13 #1 hits on the Billboard Dance chart, and the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award. An example of her visionary thinking is her 1989 track “Friends,” a collaboration with Eric B. & Rakim. It was the first Top 10 hit to pair a singer with a guest rapper, and it remains the gold standard. As Watley explains, Rakim was the only rapper she envisioned for the song, and it worked because she gave him the space to do his thing.

Watley is often asked about her videos, her performances, and her style, but rarely about her songwriting, which is at the core of her creativity. We set out to rectify that here. Just days before we spoke, Watley was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the T.I.U.A School of Business in recognition of her accomplishments in business and entrepreneurship. She also received the Women of Distinction Award from the United Nations Global Women Foundation during the ceremony.” ….

Read the Q&A: HERE ON SONGFACTS

Sheen Magazine – Producer Andre Cymone Gives Props To Iconic Singer Jody Watley In Interview About How Her Impact Has Influenced Generations

Andre Cymone with Jody Watley Live Onstage

“Her music and incomparable style is pure and stands the test of time still today, 35 years later.”

When asked if he knew her debut album would reach its platinum status and beyond, Cymone responded, “Yes, I did. I knew we had something really special.” Read the full feature on:

SHEEN Magazine

Throwback Thursday. Jody Watley Represents As Honey Magazine ICON Of The Month.

Jody Watley. Honey Magazine Icon Feature during ‘Midnight Lounge’ era and promotion. The feature touches upon independence, perseverance and my opinion that women are more than eye candy.

NEW Video Upload On The Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel – Behind The Scenes Palm Springs and Phoenix Pride 2021

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Rest In Peace – DJ Lisa Moody – In Celebration Of A Life Well Lived

Jody Watley and DJ Lisa Moody 2020.
DJ Lisa Moody always with the Wattage vibes of good vibes.
DJ Lisa Moody, Jody Watley, Ultra Nate’
Joy – Wattage Crew in NYC after the concert-the staff were trying to kick us out for going overtime – it was a lovefest – this night we won’t forget.
Rest In Peace to a wonderful spirit and bad ass DJ.
Killin it!

Rest In Peace dearest DJ Lisa Moody – very sad to learn this news -really can’t find the right words.

Such a great lady, with a welcoming smile all the time and DJ always ready to bring joy and make every event special, lifting everyone’s mood through her skills — by the time I’d take the stage (dancing in my dressing room with the tunes bumping “Yess Lisa Yess!” – the atmosphere was perfect. Miss Lisa Moody always understood the assignment setting the tone for my concerts creating a festive musically soulful atmosphere spinning house music classics at some of my East coast shows in recent years NYC & D.C. – bringing so much joy and sense of oneness and community – truly special.

As half of Sugar Girl Squad with the great Ultra Nate’ – I also send my deep condolences to all the family, friends and colleagues in the Deep Sugar and House Music Community.

The good vibes, love and memories will live on, you will be missed. Soar with the angels and house music greats Miss Lisa Moody. To have touched so many people through the music turntables and beyond, for everyone to remember your kindness is a life well lived.

People will forget what you said, they may forget what you did, but they will always remember the way you made them feel. – Maya Angelou.

Lisa’s birthday message to me earlier this year.

From Lisa on my birthday;
I couldn’t let this day/night go by without wishing a Happy Happy Birthday to the #icon, Queen of Cool and everything fierce & fabulous @jodywatley! During these tough times you continue to inspire & encourage us all! Cheers to you! 🥂♥️🤗 ✨ #wattage

😔❤️🙏🏽✨🕊 #djlisamoody 🎶🎧💿

Jody Watley. Iconic. Inventive and Living Life On Her Own Terms . NEW Cover Story XS10

Read the full story – see what I have to say about Rihanna too!

https://issuu.com/xs10magazine/docs/xs10magazine_dec2020

Wattage Thoughts. Protect Your Magic. Your Peace.

Jody Watley. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

Life can be tricky and people can be shady – not wanting you to succeed, be happy or see you shine. We experience these things in so many ways. I’d have to say as a woman constantly navigating efforts to undermine, devalue and marginalize efforts and achievements can be frustrating and tedious but as I wrote a while ago “The beat don’t stop..”

Cultivate & Protect Your Magic. Carry On.

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Just In! Jody Watley Will Be On Fox 5 Atlanta September 24.

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Jody Watley News One Now KLAS Las Vegas

Continuing to get the uplifting message of “The Healing” Out! I was on at 3:30.

Have a safe holiday weekend!