Capping Off Summer to Remember

With Black Music Honors and all of the great variety of concerts I performed this summer with and without SRL. this has truly been an extra special summer for me.

Saturday night in the intimate Yoshi’s Oakland where it always ends up feeling like a spirited though always classy house party full of love.

Thanks to all!!! Ready for what’s next!

Soundcheck with the squad.

Even the pre show meet and greet was sold out – thank you eternally to those who are able to do this and I spend as much time as I can .. I snapped this when we were done and they were all seated before doors opened.

Wattage Nation community some of our daily love warriors online – Shoni Curless and Ed Simonelli from NYC

Sweethearts! I really appreciate their Mom for exposing the little ones to quality music and live performance. My shows are full of all ages and ethnicities.

Showtime. Jody Watley ft.SRL.

Acoustic George Michael Tribute accompanied by Hubert Wang.

The first act of the concert was devoted to my solo debut anniversary and included a tribute to George Michael (we did a duet together) and he was extremely supportive of my solo career – great person and artist , will never be forgotten.

SRL. Second act focused on the group and new music preview…they also joined me for a few of my favorite Shalamar classic tunes I originated.

Nate from SRL joining the Jody Watley freestyle finale. I have the hottest group in the game – no one is doing what we are and brings what we do to the stage.

 

Precious moments.

After show – solo in my dressing room.

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Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud – always. It’s a blessing to make people happy through music and just on a daily basis trying to bring good vibes into the world. We need it all.

Jody Watley. August Updates and Transmissions of Love

As the world continues to turn for all of the bad and good..life keeps ticking. I choose to focus of the energy of always being the change I want to see and encouraging others – love is the message.

Diligence.

I’m Nashville as honoree “Crossover Music Icon” for my contributions to soul and pop music as trendsetter and Icon – it’s really even more special to be honored on same night as The Jacksons (rest in peace King of Pop Michael Jackson)..they were such an inspiration to me growing up as I’ve said along the way of my career and life journey- my Mom could tell you that! Music is such a powerful force in life. Heals, inspires, motivates, gives hope..and so much more. I’m so thankful to continue to spread joy and to also continue to inspire others to be yourself, stay strong and do you — no matter what people have to say.

The taping is this evening and will be televised in September and October.

This!

We still have a long way to go as human beings on planet earth…

In Nashville, I came across the reminder of how those who fight for change with the system being as it is are often penalized. Hats off to fighters for civil and human rights then and now.

What the commemorative sign reads : “On February 13, 1960 124 students from Nashville’s historically black colleges and universities walked into Woolworth’s, Kress and McClellan’s and sat down at the lunch counters and asked to be served to no avail. The students also targeted Walgreens, W.T. Grant as well as Harvey’s, and Cain Sloan Department stores. Their goal was to desegregate Nashville lunch counters. The student protesters experienced no violence until February 27. On that day at Woolworth’s and McClellan’s white resisters threw the students from their seats, punched, kicked and spat upon them. Nashville police only arrested the student protesters. 81 students were arrested and charged with loitering and disorderly conduct. Two days later, the court fined each student 50.00. They took a principled stand and refused to pay the bail and spent 33 1/3 days in jail. ” let that sink in and fast forward to 2017

Music Honors, Rosero McCoy (SRL) choreographer for the Jody Watley Tribute and other artists in the show snapped this photo.

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Current single “Sanctuary” – peace of mind and happy times..create an environment of love – cherish the time.

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Upcoming concerts:

Sept.2,2017 Jody Watley ft SRL. Yoshi’s Oakland (I’ll be doing a tribute to George Michael) and celebrating Jody Watley 30! As well SRL on the show and we will be previewing two new songs.

Tickets

Oct 6 Palm Springs Private Event – Jody Watley solo

Oct 21 Columbia “Famously Hot South Carolina Pride”

Info – Jody Watley

Nov 11-18 – 80’s in the Sand Punta Cana Resort Dominican Republic – Jody Watley

Colors of Christmas Tour December 2018 : Cities and Tickets – Jody Watley

More to come Jody Watley AND Jody Watley ft. SRL.

Summer Concert Highlights!!!

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Music Therapy. Jody Watley. SRL. Yoshi’s Oakland.

Needless to say this week and election season was emotionally draining and yes for millions a massive disappointment as thousands took to the street in protest. I always pray and meditate on thoughts of love, togetherness and equality in an often divisive and hateful world. Music is a healer, and can take us away into imagination, dreams, inspire become a vessel for catharsis.

Going into Friday night’s sold-out concerts at Yoshi’s Oakland in my heart more than ever was to not only give a great show but to send them into the night, to their living spaces full of love, faith and hope or at least in gratitude for being alive no matter the obstacles and uncertainty. Even some of the Yoshi’s staff were emotional and told me after the show how I’d made them feel better too. As I like to say – It’s In The Music! No matter what keep it movin’ forward. Stay alert, woke, spread love, kindness and look out for others, pay attention to your surroundings..everyone is not on that ‘love’  page.

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Soundcheck. Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded (SRL), Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Band: Levi Seacer Jr., Kerry Griffin, Prince Damons, Michael ‘Tiny’ Lindsey, John ‘Havic Gregory, Eric McCoy, Michelle ‘Soulchild’ Garman, Clarissa McElroy

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Showtime. Jody Watley featuring SRL.

 

Up Next:

Dec. 17  Riverside Casino and Golf Resort

January 28, 2017 – GoldenVoice Presents Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded LIVE at The Roxy Theatre  – West Hollywood, CA

Get your tickets Now HERE – this will sell out again..it’s also my birthday concert celebration!

Feb. 6-7, 2017  –  Billboard LIVE Tokyo

Feb. 9, 2017 –  Billboard LIVE Osaka

 

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!

Just Announced. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Return To Yoshi’s Oakland Fall 2016.

 

 

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Jody Watley LIVE performing solo hits, fan favorites and music from Paradise.

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Shalamar Reloaded LIVE. Performing specially rejuvenated curated hits and new music.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded are set to return to Yoshi’s November 11, 2016 with a new set of concerts. Last appearing to ring in the new year of 2016 to a sold out crowd – it should be another memorable concert experience for the bay area fans.

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Holiday and New Year Reflections.

We’re already a bit more than a week into 2016 – life continues to move on and what a gift it is to be here and share it with those we love. New adventures, obstacles to overcome and triumphs to enjoy.

We’re all works in progress – be gentle to yourself as much as my Mom says “To thine own self be true.” Work, revise and tweak your goals. Things may not always go your way, but what’s a rainbow and sunshine without some rain – keep on keeping on.

It was extra special to have my Mom and daughter Lauren with me for New Years for the shows in Oakland at Yoshi’s. Watley girls in full effect – three generations. We had a fun time together and my daughter was tickled at ‘Grandma Rose’ getting her groove on an dancing during the shows. I was fighting tears in one show – suddenly overcome with emotion thinking of all of the young people, and those in general who didn’t make it home this year with lives cut too short. I also made sure to acknowledge the untimely passing of Ms. Natalie Cole who leaves behind a great legacy of music and personal triumphs.

As well, I had a blast with Nate and Rosero from Shalamar Reloaded-our shows get better and better each time for us in that portion of the show. It really is a unique and fun concert experience. If you have a chance to see us – don’t miss it!

Wishing everyone the best always. Here are a few photo’s there are more on my Facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial Page.  (there was a Jody Watley imposter for the past month friending people with a fake page, asking for donations in exchange for concert tickets, dates..and who knows what – be alert and advised I would never friend anyone I don’t know on Facebook – and there is only one verified page that I communicate through link attached, always report anyone pretending to be Jody Watley no matter how many of my photo’s they poach).

SCENES.

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Three generations of beauty, smarts and love! Rose, Jody and Lauren Watley.

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Nate Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar Reloaded before meet and greet at Yoshi’s Oakland Dec. 30

 

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Meet and Greet with Lisa Henry. Shalamar Reloaded.

 

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Soundcheck. Donnell Spencer Jr. Geemack, Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero mcCoy, Sam Sims, Rodney Lee, Eric McCoy

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New merchandise courtesy of Bob Fierro and Zebra Marketing. I’ve known Bob since my early Shalamar days when he did our merch. 

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The new T-has glitter lips though on the photo you can’t see that detail. We’ll also be doing a white option.

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Love. Me, my Mom and daughter – glammed up and ready for 2016!

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Ringing in 2016 onstage – pausing for a selfie as everyone in the audience was doing the same after the balloon drop! Shalamar Reloaded. SRL.

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Jody Watley and Dana Lawrence (Rosero’s beautiful sister). Oakland is Rosero’s hometown making it special for him to be with family as well..we also celebrated his son Eric’s birthday. Eric also works with me from time to time as a dancer.

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After the final show of the series  January 1 -we made it to Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square with family and friends – it’s a tradition now.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. New Year’s Eve

It’s going to be a celebration for a great year of music, travel and camaraderie that we’ve shared with each other throughout the year and with fans from coast to coast and of course Japan, Brazil, Netherlands and the UK. Yoshi’s has welcomed us back to end the year (we sold out in February and March to kick off 2015). It’s only fitting we close out 2015 upbeat, high energy, up close and personal in the bay and take it into 2016. Half of the concert is Shalamar Reloaded and then it goes into Jody Watley world! It’s not just a concert, it’s an experience.  Get your tickets before they sell out – it will also make a great music gift! Buy  Here

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