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.

Get tickets NOW: Here

 

 

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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Jody Watley in The WAVE Lounge.

On air personality Pat Prescott and Jody Watley 94.7 The Wave 11/12/15

On air personality Pat Prescott and Jody Watley 94.7 The Wave 11/12/15

Check out my  latest interview on 94.7 The Wave inside the WAVE Lounge. Here

Concert Updates. Jody Watley and Shalamar.

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November 14, 2015 Anaheim Honda Center

NOVEMBER 14, 2015 ANAHEIM HONDA CENTER- TICKETS: HERE

 

November 21, 2015 CenturyLink Center, Bossier, LA

November 21, 2015 CenturyLink Center, Bossier, LA

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Jody Watley and Shalamar® November 21, 2015 Century Link Center Bossier LA

NOVEMBER 21, 2015 CENTURYLINK CENTER, BOSSIER, LA NATIONAL BLACK RODEO FINALS WITH GRAMBLING STATE MARCHING BAND –  TICKETS (I have no idea who Ms. Jody is – but that’s not me!)

 

 

Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Photography: Christopher Burke.

Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Photography: Christopher Burke.

Dec. 30-31 and January 1 : YOSHI’S OAKLAND, CA  — TICKETS: HERE

Jan. 18 – 19, 2016 – TOKYO, JAPAN BILLBOARD LIVE

Jan. 21, 2016 – OSAKA, JAPAN BILLBOARD LIVE

Jan. 29, 2016 – THE ROXY THEATRE LOS ANGELES, CA TICKETS: HERE

Feb. 13 – ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

Feb, 26 – MIAMI BANK UNITED CENTER – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

Feb. 27 – ORLANDO CFE ARENA  – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.