• Tribune’s Interview With Grammy-Award Winner Jody Watley

    by Winston Chua

    ARCADIA  - Loving the Silent Tears, an organization based out of Arcadia on Foothill Boulevard, is putting on their eponymous musical on October 27 at 4 p.m. at the Shrine auditorium starring acclaimed performers Jody Watley, Jon Secada and a host of talented artists.

    “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Grammy Award winner Jody Watley, who sat down with the Tribune wearing her famous jumbo jumbo hoop earrings, to share about why Southern Californians should check out the show. “You won’t get to see such an international and esteemed cast like this anywhere with this collection of Grammy and Tony Award nominees and winners.”

    Loving the Silent Tears, the musical, is inspired by the work of Supreme Master Ching Hai, whose inspirational poetry will be set to music. Hai has gone out throughout the world promoting clean energy and healthy living.

    “Her poetry is uplifting and there are deep layers to it. She is not absent to the despair we all face as people from time to time,” Watley added.

    Watley, an accomplished songwriter herself, along with her accolades in parenting, modeling, production, fashion, charity and vocals, is the proud mother of two young adults. Her son is in New York and her daughter is completing her master’s degree.

    Watley has some upcoming projects people should be on the lookout for. In 2013, she will be both releasing a new album (her 10th) and participating in the first-ever Soul Train Cruise, honoring the memory of Don Cornelius. She is also continuing to conduct seminars on beauty and wellness.

    Humble as can be, in spite of her accomplishments, Watley has kept a level head throughout her career, keeping insightful perspective on life through her varied experiences: her immediate family growing up experienced both material wealth but also a stint of homelessness.

    Growing up, Watley was influenced musically by the Motown sound, Philly International and jazz, and has an eclectic taste that isn’t afraid to park itself far away from what’s popular on mainstream radio.

    Watley, a self-proclaimed lover of life and the universe, also has her sights set on completing a novel in the near future.

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    Added: September 24, 2012. 8:04 PM

    Jody, I am really looking forward to seeing you in Loving the Silent Tears Musical on October 27. You speak and sing from the heart, and I can’t wait to see you onstage at the Shrine!

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