"Shalamar" singer Jody Watley proves that aging is not all about living a quiet life; it also involves living life to the fullest while managing to look the best! Check out the intricacies of this ageless glamour and life after the band.
Jody Watley is a real-life superhero who has used her natural gifts, mixed with her passion, to influence the entertainment industry.
Her melodious voice, onstage confidence, riveting performances, display of wits in creating, producing, and owning her music are all exceptional.
Watley was a former prominent member of the "Shalamar" band that reigned from 1977 to 1984. After her time with the band, the talented singer established a solo career that recorded huge successes; from topping charts to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history.
Apart from having a thriving career, she possesses an ethereal charm derived from her composure and paying attention to every detail about her appearances. Watley combines a graceful attitude and style when it comes to her lookOver the years; the singer has graced the covers of numerous fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Italian Vogue, Essence, and Sars.
She has also been an inspiring icon in terms of fashion, and at 62, she still maintains her charm, and beauty, all the while showing that age has no restraints on her.
Undoubtedly, the singer has grown older but has chosen to cheat nature as far as her physical appearance is concerned. The veteran looks unforgettable and half her age.
WATLEY'S LIFE AFTER THE BAND
Jody Watley was an amazing singer but her powerful vocals were better as a solo artist and she had the privilege to distinguish herself from other famous acts. Standing alone also made it easier for Watley to select her songs and work on her creativity.
Without disappointing herself, and fans, Watley worked hard enough to take on any genre. She was exceptional in R&B, jazz, and underground club culture. By 1995, the singer had already created her music label, Avitone Recordings.
Watley began to work with other singers. Veterans and younger artists could influence her brand; that is not to say that she brought nothing to the table. She was skillful, and her numerous tours made it easier to accumulate more fans.
The former "Shamalar" band member wasted no time in releasing jaw-dropping albums like "Affection," "Flower," "The Saturday Night Experience," "Japanese Exclusive," "Midnight Lounge," and "The Makeover," which became one of her most successful releases.
ALL ABOUT WATLEY'S BUSINESSES
Watley's ability to cut across genres stretches farther than music, and it is not a secret. Throughout her life, Watley has showcased intelligence in all her affairs.
In recent times, she has proved that she has a unique business sense. The producer runs a creative brand involved in producing affordable luxury fragrances and candles for homes. This idea was born out of her love for a peaceful environment filled with candles and royal scents, contributing to wellness and experiencing optimum self-care.
IMPACTS IN THE MUSIC WORLD
Over the years, she has racked up fifteen Top 40 Singles, 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, Gold and Platinum albums, thirteen Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1's, MTV Awards, Soul Train Awards, and NAACP Awards.
Through these awards, it is clear that her music, content, and works have always been appreciated. However, recently, she assumed a new role.
The African American community awarded her the post of first-ever membership ambassador for the National Museum of African American Music. When asked if she understood the post and assignment, the singer said:
"It's an honor. My duties involve bringing attention to the museum in charming ways and encouraging people to support the museum...My impact on music made me a choice for this honor."
In addition, she explained that it is an exciting journey to make such a record, and she intends to put in her best, like in all her endeavors, to make the most of such an opportunity.
WHERE IS WATLEY NOW?
Watley is active in the community. One of her recent ongoing projects involves teaming up with Ozy studios. They reached out to her after going through her life works and decided to make a biopic of her story.
Apart from that, Watley is having the time of her life looking pretty and youthful. She is very active on Instagram, and the 62-year-old loves to flaunt her ageless looks, including an infectious smile and sweet poses while sharing motivational messages in the caption section.
The goddess-like beauty is always seen looking half her age and does not mind rocking her signature giant earring hoops, artificial lashes, or a cute face beat. In July, the singer posted a snap that showed her seated and composed with a fixed smile and quipped:
"Yes to always protecting your peace and doing what's right for YOU. I've always said this, made one of the biggest and best decisions of my life in my early 20's..."
When Watley is not sharing motivational talks and urging people to live their best lives on her page, one is sure to find her entertaining her audience.
Although it has been over three decades since Watley was first introduced to the big screens, she has maintained such an incredible consistency of putting smiles on the faces of her fans to date by pledging to continue her onstage performances.
A month ago, she reported to the Footprint Center to render a breathtaking delivery of great tunes. In a documented post, Watley appeared excited as she held onto the microphone, dancing and singing in her stylish rockstar-themed outfit.
Without a doubt, Watley is in a good place in her life, despite having been divorced and having to care for her only child.
Watley has made the best out of her life through her experiences and choices and has become a role model to many women in music, TV, her community, and the world at large.