JODY WATLEY RELOADED
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.
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