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Jody Watley

Entrepreneur | Grammy Award Winning Singer Songwriter | Producer written by C. NaTasha Richburg Jody Watley is a Grammy Award-winning artist and Billboard Music Awards lifetime Achievement Award winner who has also been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Soul Train Music Awards. First and foremost, however, she is an entrepreneur. Ms. Watley has a radiant positive presence with an attitude that inspires a smile among all who meet her. Her nourishing conversational tone washes away the day’s worries, because in her presence, there is peace. When asked, What season are you in? Ms. Watley said, “Spring, because I am always in bloom, along with Summer, because of the sunshine that reflects my positivity to encourage others to grow.” Her positive quotes; deemed by Ms. Watley as “Wattages” (www.jodywatley.net), offer inspirational thoughts for her audience to ponder. For example: “Don’t wait until everything is perfect. The moment is always in the now. There will always be obstacles and challenges – so what? Get started. Life is always moving forward.” – Wattage! Ms. Watley’s love for reading, writing, and poetry draws from her urgency to “leave things that are not working for you.” She learned this lesson personally with the unexpected passing of her father, which occurred a year prior to the end of her association with the musical group Shalamar after 7 years.

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Ms. Watley’s mom continues to lovingly remind her that, beginning at age 4, Ms. Watley proclaimed for all to hear that someday she would own a business. That notion was cultivated in her high school business class and later fostered in a business law course at college. Ms. Watley sought to stay on top of business dealings and never to lose sight of her personal goals. She became the founder and CEO of Avitone Records, and she said, “Starting my label in 1995 is consistent with my personality.” The independence associated with label ownership is hard work, though it gives her the freedom to release authentic music. Avitone’s mantra, “Fueling Quality Music,” is consistent with her stance on the importance of peace and positive living. Even with a positive outlook on life, she still faced common problems that business owners have to overcome. Yet Ms. Watley said, “never did I fixate on obstacles, I just focused on what needs to be done.” The global reach of Avitone includes licensing music to Universal Japan, Giant Step, Hed Kandi, Chillfunk, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Universal Japan, Sony Special Products, Logo TV, Nintendo, Revlon, Shanachie, Spectra Music and more (https://jodywatley.net/avitone/). Ms. Watley has a loving relationship with her mom in addition to raising two wonderful children, eating healthy food, and exercising; she is the picture of good emotional and physical health. Furthermore, Ms. Watley continually reads to feed her

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We are extremely proud to feature the absolutely beautiful Jody Watley, an amazing and accomplished woman on the cover of our January Issue....