Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jody Watley and Shalamar--Reloaded

I want to thank God for creating me in 1960, so I can enjoy real talent. By that, I mean music artists that could sing and write lyrics with meaning, unlike the some of the artists nowadays who auto tune their voices to make it sound audible. Whenever I hear "Second Time Around,” "For the Lover in You" and "A Night to Remember,” it takes me back to 1979, 1980 and 1982--the years of my young adult life. I remember Jody Watley and Howard Hewett singing these songs, OMG!  their voices. Good ole voices from a good ole times. Music that still lives and plays on and in the hearts of many.

  Well enough of all that, this blog is about Jody Watley. Did you know she used to dance on “Soul Train” in the 70s when she was 14 years old? She also sang in the group Shalamar from 1977 to 1983. When Shalamar broke up, I was sad because the musical chemistry was so good. During Watley’s solo career she put out nine albums from 1987 to 2006. Now at the age of 56,  she’s still doing what she loves. In May of 2014 she registered the Shalamar trademark. This was a big controversy with Howard Hewett, you can read all about it in this link Watley is now singing and booking shows with Shalamar reloaded with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. They have a single out called “Slow Dance,” which I have listened to many times and still love it. I have always been a fan of Shalamar but for me it was Watley who made the group and of course the one who had an incredibly successful solo career (including Grammys). Watley not only looks amazing, she still has it. I look forward to the new album. Jody Watley and Shalamar reloaded will be playing Yoshi’s in Oakland California on December 30, 2015 thru January 1, 2016 and SAP Center in San Jose on February 12, 2016.

Here are some other places you can also catch Jody Watley and Shalamar reloaded:
Nov. 6-8 Blues Alley Washington DC,
Nov. 14 – special guests of Jody Watley 94.7 The WAVE Presents Freestyle Explosion Anaheim Honda Center
Nov.21 – CenturyLink Center Bossier, LA
Jan. 18-19 Billboard Live Tokyo
Jan. 21,   Billboard Live Osaka, Jan. 29 – The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles Feb. 13 Las Vegas Orleans Arena special guests of Jody Watley Freestyle Classic

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