Jody Watley is back again, but this time with her group Shalamar! They have a new song is called "Slow Dance." And you are going to love it!
Who is Shalamar? Here is my overview: Shalamar was created in the late 70s by the people behind the TV show Soul Train. Their biggest hits were "Second Time Around" in 1979, "This Is For The Lover In You" in 1981, "A Night To Remember" in 1982 and "Dead Giveaway" in 1983.
Jody was in the group until 1983. She left the group because of internal issues. There is a great YouTube series where Jody talks about what really happened in Shalamar. It is very interesting, start watching Part One of Eight here.
After Shalamar, Jody went on to be a solo star. And no doubt, you've read about my love for her as she has been one of my favourite musical artists in my lifetime. Her song "Nightlife" was Poptastic Confessions' #1 song of 2013. And I had the joy of meeting Jody in 2014.
So why is Jody back with Shalamar? Well, after Jody quit the group, they continued making music with another female singer until around 1990. Since then, the band would tour now and then and often times using group photos from when Jody was in the group. And sometimes, they even used her name. Jody's lawyers asked them to stop using Jody's name and photos of her to promote themselves. But it didn't stop. At the same time, it was discovered that the name Shalamar wasn't currently trademarked. So Jody was able to get the ownership of the trademark to the brand name that she helped founded.
Makeup and Hair: Tres' Major Graphic Design: Ray Easmon
Jody enlisted singers Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy to be a part of the reloaded Shalamar. They've been touring all year, and finally have a record to put out. That brings us to "Slow Dance." Have a listen ...
Wasn't that lovely? I think so! "Slow Dance" is available on iTunes and other digital outlets. Support the artists! Legally buy the track.
P.S. Get up-to-date information by liking Shalamar's Facebook page. Also like Jody Watley's Facebook page while you're at it!