Written & produced by: Dave Doyle & Tony Momrelle
As the voice of the legendary Incognito and one half of soulful house maestros Reel People, Tony Momrelle has always been listed as a featured artist rather than the main man, but all of that is about to change with the release of Fly, his seven-track EP due for release on November 11th. We have already sampled the title track, and now he has released the project's second single "Spotlight," and it's exactly what we have come to expect from the man who was the go-to backing singer for acts such as Sade andWhitney Houston. The track's dreamy, piano-laced groove is the perfect vehicle for Tony's honey-coated vocals as he sings about shining his "spotlight" on that special lady. Check out a three-minute sample of the track right here, then mark your calendars for November 11th.
Very PROUD to announce that you can preorder my latest single 'Spotlight' with the super talented Tony Momrelle!
Written & produced by Myself & Tony Momrelle
Pre-Order now @ the Reel People store!
Such a BEAUTIFUL track, forthcoming on Reel People as part of the FLY EP!
Very proud to have produced this with & for Tony Momrelle!
R&B superstar Jody Watley took some cues from some of her favorite songs when prepping her single "Nightlife," the debut from her first album in seven years.
"Nightlife" is a feel good, soulful dance record that offers an uplifting message with lyrics like, "Life ain't easy. I feel like I want to get out. Have myself a good time."
During a recent three-part interview with Yahoo Music, Jody said songs like McFadden and Whitehead's "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" inspired "Nightlife."
"I started listening to some of those songs I had not heard in a long time and that even if you never heard it before it just lifts you up, the O'Jay's 'Message In Our Music,' Phyllis Hyman's 'You Know How to Love Me,' Shalamar's 'Night To Remember,'" she said in Part 1.
Jody said she wanted to give her listeners a reason to feel good about themselves. "A lot of music you can dance to but the message of it and there's no call to be fabulous, get your hair done, nails done," she said.
"Nightlife" will be featured on Jody's 2014 full-length release "Paradise" which is co-produced with various European musicians Count Da Money and Mark de Clive Lowe and will be among her most upbeat records in a while.
Also in Part 1, Jody discussed why she likes working with producers overseas and why she thinks some of music's most beloved recording artists may not have gotten record deals in the States.In the second segment, Jody remembers getting her start in entertainment as a dancer on "Soul Train" when she was only 14-years-old. Just six months after moving to Los Angeles from Chicago, a church friend invited her to be his in fill-in dance partner on the popular syndicated show.
Even though Jody's guest appearance was a one-off deal, she remembered the location and returned every week to get on the show.
Her persistence and talent paid off and got the attention of "Soul Train" creator and host Don Cornelius who later handpicked Jody and her dance partner Jeffrey Daniels to be part of the group Shalamar that was signed to his Soul Train Records.
In the second segment, Jody remembers getting her start in entertainment as a dancer on "Soul Train" when she was only 14-years-old. Just six months after moving to Los Angeles from Chicago, a church friend invited her to be his in fill-in dance partner on the popular syndicated show.
In Part 3, Jody reminisced about the early days in Shalamar, lineup changes, playing for small audiences, egos, bad contracts and finding the courage to go solo.
"I would never have had the success that I have if I never would have stepped out and believed in myself," she said.
Her solo career has afforded her nine albums, an independent label and the 1988 Best New Artist Grammy, among numerous other accolades.
Jody considers her Grammy win as one of her most significant accomplishments.
"I thought Terrence Trent D'Arby was going to win because he had the rock thing going, he performed on the Grammys that year," she said about the Grammy victory. "But it was probably the most triumphant thing that I could ever experience, especially, at that time, coming out of what I was up against. I felt like I was rewarded by God and the universe for believing and just stepping out there and going for it."
Pre-order NIGHTLIFE now on iTunes!
Track 3 is my mix & the only mix that features Gerald Brown from Shalamar ;-)
Jody Watley. Nightlife Update For October
Posted on October 24, 2013
Disco Fabulous! Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez. Make-Up: Billy B.
This month was exciting with new developments as the single continues to build and be well received from the urban base which is where I chose to start the campaign. I completed a whirlwind and jam-packed press trip to New York. I was thrilled it coincided with my son’s birthday week and that we got to spend time together and celebrate his birthday while I was there – between his schedule for work and college.
In the UK “Nightlife” will enter the Music Week Urban Chart at #20 next week (charts are always a week out by date). I’m so happy about this! In the UK, we haven’t begun to go for chart positions on the commercial club end of things, though the single is getting a solid 8 out of 10 with DJ’s who continue to support it with club kids dancing to it. Things are boding well for the dance chart as well. In America, I’ve just hired Maxi-Promotion who my company has worked with on previous singles for “The Makeover” – to great dance floor and chart success. The single will officially go out to U.S. clubs next week. Though we live in a digital age and things seem to move quickly and at times they do, working records independently it’s all about continued word of mouth and building “Nightlife” organically. I’m in no rush as I’ve mentioned previously. This is not a corporate push where music tends to come and go at a rapid pace. It’s been the goal to work this single through years end into the start of 2014 and that’s what’s happening.
The remixes are scheduled for November 4. I must say, “Nightlife Remixed” is one of my favorite remix packages with stellar production from Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona and Luminodisco. There’s also a new bonus Soulpersona Classic Soul Phyllis Remix that I’m excited about that features Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown as a duet. It’s really the closet thing there’s been to a new Shalamar duet record with originals since 1978 – pretty monumental. The remix is also my way of acknowledging one of music’s great female singers and production teams in the 70′s and 80′s (Reggie Lucas and James Mtume) they were the inspiration for the “Classic Soul Phyllis Remix.” My Yahoo Music interview should be going up any day now, as well as some of the other interviews I’ve done this month including Jet, Essence, Ebony, Eurweb, Hello Beautiful, Urban Daily, Hype Hair, Black Hair Sophisticates and more.
The “Nightlife” video is still being edited and pieced together as it’s not a typical video. I’ve had a few of my friends submit short clips of their “Nightlife” to be included as well. Catch me with Donal Ware on Box to Row 1PM ET/12CT SiriusXM Channel 141 Friday October 25 you can also listen here: http://www.boxtorow.com/lunchonsiriusxm.php Catch me or DVR: Access Hollywood Live Tuesday October 29, 2013, I’ll be LIVE on air in the UK on JEMM1 Radio October 30 with Phil Marriot 6 PM British Time – stay tuned – more to come!
I’m also excited that I’ll be doing V magazine for their special music issue!
Save a date in late June 2014 – I can’t tell you why, but remember this post. PS. -No, I’m not getting married, lol.
A special thank you to Juanita Stephens PR and all of the early supporters including the fans of “Nightlife” and the forthcoming “Paradise.” “It’s In The Music!