Shalamar Portrait Session

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In an ‘OPEN LETTER’ on her site, the singer called out Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and others, to address the idea of a Shalamar reunion: she’s NOT interested!

*Jody Watley personifies the word “diva”…but not in any of the more negative ways in which we’ve come to associate the word. I spoke with her for the first time earlier this year, as she prepared for a series of concerts with her group, Shalamar Reloaded, which she founded last year with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. I was delighted to find her open, accessible, friendly, very funny, and extremely positive about moving forward.

I had to ask Watley about some of the controversy I’d been reading about regarding the prospect of her reuniting with two of her former Shalamar bandmates, Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel. Together, the three of them released some of the greatest R&B classics ever recorded, remarkably over the span of just four years. After Watley left the group in 1983, she took a brief pause before launching her solo career with her defiant, Grammy winning “Looking For A New Love.” After her smash self-titled debut solo album, Watley hasn’t looked back…

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