Grammy award-winning artist Jody Watley is spreading some festive cheer with the release of a jazzy rendition of the quintessential holiday song “Christmas Time Is Here” from her favorite, Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” now available on all streaming platforms.
“This is an ambient and chill rendition perfect for warm cocoa, a laid-back atmosphere, and a fireplace real or virtual,” says Watley of the release due on her longtime independent imprint Avitone Recordings. “I originally recorded this for my devoted fans and had it available for a free download for a short while quite some time ago.
“Christmas Time Is Here” is produced by Rodney Lee (Midnight Lounge, The Makeover) and myself. This is the first official release of the newly mixed and remastered single and I’m happy it will now be available on all streaming platforms for holiday seasons to come.”
A brilliant songwriter, artist, entrepreneur, producer, and visionary has continued recording new music and sharing her gift of artistry globally.
The beautiful icon in music, video, fashion, and style, often referred to by her fans as “The Queen of Cool,” is as prolific as anyone who’s ever set foot in a recording studio, and as proficient as anyone who’s ever decided to be a song lyricist. She is not only a great singer—she is a great songwriter and performer.
As one of the architects of 21st-century pop and contemporary street style mixed with high fashion, her 1989 hit “Friends,” featuring hip hop/rap legends Eric B & Rakim, is the first pairing of pop/R&B/rap/dance to crossover into the Billboard Top 10 on multiple charts.
Watley’s vision — the trendsetting, forward-thinking marriage of high fashion and street fashion with music in the 80s — long before it became the norm — along with her fusion of jazz and underground club culture — demonstrates her keen pop instincts and ease with which she crossed, and still crosses, genres. Jody Watley forged the template that is now in everybody’s playbook.
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