JODY WAT­LEY RELOADED

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

By SHAN­NON HAMES

Jody Wat­ley is a name that first emerged with the 1980s band Sha­la­mar. She hit her stride when she be­gan her solo ca­reer in 1987 and won a Grammy for Best New Artist. In 2008, she won Bill­board Mag­a­zine’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award. Now, with her new band Sha­la­mar Reloaded, she is set to head­line At­lanta Pride on Oct. 8. We caught up with Wat­ley to talk to her about her new band, a book that changed her life and her ideas about chang­ing the way we treat each other.

Ge­or­gia Voice:

You’re now tour­ing with Sha­la­mar Reloaded but you’ve re­ceived heat for not re­unit­ing with your old band­mates in Sha­la­mar. In re­sponse, you wrote a very em­pow­er­ing open let­ter ex­plain­ing why you won’t be re­unit­ing.

Yes – I wrote it be­cause for­mer mem­bers put lies out about me. One of the un­for­tu­nate things in our so­ci­ety to­day is the lack of fol­low-up or factcheck­ing. Things can be said on tele­vi­sion or ra­dio

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