Watley was an iconic presence in music in the 1970s and 1980s with the group Shalamar (”The Second Time Around,” “Dead Giveaway,” “A Night to Remember”) and as a solo artist, generating huge hits like “Looking for a New Love,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Some Kind of Lover,” “Friends” and “Real Love.” She has continued to record music over the decades and has explored genres of electronic, house, chill, ambient and dub.
“Three years ago, I did a folk collaboration,” she said. “I love singing but as a writer, I like to experiment with different styles of music. I never get stuck in the past. I love that I have classics but I embrace new music too.”