In 2015, the Grammy Award winning Pop/R&B/Dance and style icon Jody Watley established the new vocal trio Shalamar Reloaded, SRL, a new brand group and trademark.
Along with Watley, Shalamar Reloaded or "SRL" features Ohio native male lead vocalist Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy (Keke Palmer, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Toni Braxton,America's Best Dance Crew, Disney's Shake It Up and more..). In a short timespan, Shalamar Reloaded have performed to sold out concerts around the United States (Oakland, New York, Washington D.C., Atlantic City to name a few) as well they've traveled abroad for concerts in Amsterdam (Melkweg), Brazil (Sao Paulo AudioClub), the UK (Let's Rock London, Happy Days Festival) add to the new mix the high profile television appearances that have followed (WGN Morning News Chicago, KTLA Morning News Los Angeles with Sam Rubin, MY Fox5 DC Morning Show), a one hour special on SIRIUSXM's The Groove with BK Kirkland for the first edition of "In The Groove", countless features from Essence, JET, Eurweb, popular music blog SingersRoom to name a few. The hot new video for "The Mood" was premiered on the #1 Celebrity Website PerezHilton.com. The single written by Nate Smith and Ben Selvey will be at digital outlets Oct. 14, 2016. "The Mood" is from the forthcoming "Bridges" full length due in early 2017.
For the single and video O.R.I.G.IN.A.L the trio went for an edgy sound and statement single putting into music some of what they experienced with initial naysayers, internet trolls and haters. "Each of us had something to touch upon and we want people to know we are originals to this group - no replacements, wannabees or imposters. We're on a mission to build a broader fanbase not locked into days gone by."
'SlowDance' Remixed was released to kick off 2016 and on the heels successful concerts in America, and Japan. One of the concerts in Tokyo was broadcast on Fuji Next TV to a live national audience.
The trio’s dynamic stage show has received rave reviews blending soul, hip hop and funk with contemporary choreography and stage production. The SRL new music has become instant crowd favorites when doing their set within the Jody Watley concert experience.
Watley's set includes signature solo hits like “Friends,” “Looking For a New Love,” and “Don’t You Want Me,” as well as music from her 2014 critically acclaimed Paradise EP. That album’s first single “Nightlife” – her 19th Billboard Top 20 Dance hit; a UK Top 10 Commercial Pop and UK Top 5 soul hit – added another notch to her impressive chart history: six Top 10 Pop singles; thirteen #1 Dance Singles; seven Top 5 R&B Singles; two Top 20 pop albums; 2 Top 10 R&B albums; and a Top 5 R&B album. Paradise celebrates dance music’s classic sounds and motifs (nodding to disco, House, soulful R&B,) while looking squarely to the future. As an artistic statement, it’s a perfect encapsulation of Watley’s career thus far as she says "This is where I’ve been / this is what I’ve done / this is where I am and what I’m doing right now / this is how I’m mapping the future and SRL are now a part of that."
"That's a part of what our forthcoming "Bridges" album is about; building pathways for those what want to be on it and new connections. Inspired by the past because we've all learned from it - but wanting to build something new and better for today moving toward the future. Bringing people together in the world through music, all ages and ethnicities. A universal squad so to speak. It's great to have this type of group experience and I'm happy the universe brought this to me...we want to be together and work well as a team."
Rosero McCoy says emphatically, “There’s new merchandise for fans to purchase, people are vibin to our personal style and connecting on social media, making fan videos and things like that to show support." "We have more music and video on the way. We want to connect with this generation and all those before who are still wanting to have a good time and appreciate what we're doing. We're just getting started.” Nate Smith adds, "It's all quality stuff and it's great to have this opportunity."
The music is released on Watley's longtime label Avitone Recordings - "Fueling Quality Music ~since 1995.
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Watch the new beginnings and some highlights from 2015 starting with the audition of new male lead vocalist and entertainer extraordinaire Nate Smith. Here
It was a year to remember, see where Shalamar Reloaded ranks on Dave Higdon's Poptastic Confessions with first single SlowDance: Here
"Shalamar was always a place for new taent to emerge..The new male lead Nate Smith has his own style and osero McCoy is a renowned choreographer.." Read more: Here
"The new era of Shalamar is in full effect.." Read the rest: Here
In one of the biggest surprises this month..read the rest: Here
Shalamar Make That Move Again With Jody Watley, Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy, Read the Full Article: Here
See what Soulbounce has to say about the new Shalamar video SlowDance: Here
Shalamar shines in sparking new video and Jody Watley still has the Soul Train moves! By Patrik Henry Bass: Here
Spectra Music group is proud to welcome Shalamar and Jody Watley announced via their company blog: Here
Read the Full Article by Eileen Shapiro
Visit the Official Shalamar® Blog to see what's up and check out the photo's of the week pulled from group and individual social media. http://www.shalamaronline.blogspot.com
A blend of classic and new soul. - Dominique Carson Read the review: Here
See what 94.7 The Wave has to say about the new soulful single: Here
A perfect blend of classic and contemporary soul by Patrik Henry Bass on ESSENCE.com
Read it on Eurweb
Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy sit down with music journalist Brian Pace in New York city at soundcheck to talk about the new group, new music and touch upon history of Shalamar. The interview is interspersed with live concert footage of their performance for "Midsummer Night Swing" at Damrosch Park Lincoln Center: Watch - Here
Tune in to KTLA 5 Morning News at 9:20 am
It was disco funk and pop music heaven at Melkweg Amsterdam with Jody Watley, nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy : Maxazine Review
An in depth convo with Eddie 'Stats' on Okayplayer - Read it Here
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded on Amsterdam Radio 6: Here
Watch the video of the performance and interview with Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy see which classic they put a new spin on: WGN
By Andy Argyrakis: Chicago Concert Reviews
Read the feature with a focus on the new members, new music and upcoming plans: Chicago Defender with Mary L. Datcher
Jody Watley always keeps it fun, candid and enlightening on matters of the business of music http://www.soulinterviews.com/jody-watley-2015/
Te Second Time Around: Jody Watley "Reloads" SHALAMAR read the revealing article by Gerald Radford on Eurweb
ARISE Entertainment 360 Speaks With Grammy Winning Icon and Talk about the New SHALAMAR: Watch
New on JET Mag Jody Watley takes the new SHALAMAR on Tour: Here
Check out Dave Higdon's review on Jody Watley and SHALAMAR, it was a party: http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2015/03/jody-watley-and-shalamar-reloaded-in.html
Read the review on Jody Watley and SHALAMAR via Soultrain.com http://soultrain.com/2015/02/24/concert-review-jody-watley-gets-party-started-new-york/
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Are In a Sexy Mood on Soulbounce
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded appear on Roland Martin News One Now on TV One
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Peforn "The Mood" on WUSA 9 "Great Day Washington"
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Get The SingersRoom.com In The Mood http://singersroom.com/content/2016-10-04/shalamar-reloaded-gets-mood/
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Sultry New Video Sparks Conversation http://www.eurthisnthat.com/2016/10/02/watch-jody-watley-shalamar-reloadeds-sultry-new-conversation-sparking-video-the-mood/
Jody Watley and SRL "The Mood" on NewsBlaze http://newsblaze.com/entertainment/music/grammy-winner-jody-watley-shalamar-reloaded-controversial-in-the-mood_67189/
Jody Watley Gets Real About Her Legacy, Message and New Music : Here
Jody Watley sets the record straight with mega receipts, Op-Ed Blog
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Review, EurThisandThat:by Michael P Coleman: Here
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded a tough act to follow, review: Eurweb
Review by Michael P Coleman Sac Cultural Hub: Here
O.R.I.G.in.A.L Surge in Views. Read all about it: Here
Shalamar Reloaded Take on Internet Trolls and Haters. Read it on Singersroom
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded film new video for forthcoming "O.R.I.G.in.A.L" video: Source
Jody Watley Reloades Shalamar and Keeps on Stepping in Her Jerome S. Rousseau Shoes by A. Scott Galloway http://interview.theurbanmusicscene.com/2016/02/jody-watley-reloads-shalamar/
Review by Harriet Kaplan SoCalToday http://socalmusictoday.com/shalamar-reloaded-jody-watley-roxy-01292016/
Bill Vaugh's Tasty Clips, by Bill Vaughn: Here
Watch the performance and Interview with Sam Rubin: Here
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Will Blow Up The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles Jan.29: Here by Michael P. Coleman
"There was a fistfight the last time I played there.." Read the article :Here
Dave Higdon's Poptastic Confessions: Here