Jody Watley Set to Perform at Chene Park Detroit and Appear on Live In The D

In celebration of the Jody Watley and SRL June 20 concert at Detroit’s Chene Park, designer and illustrator Shawn West created this spectacular montage.

Watley will appear on NBC affiliate WDIV “Live in The D” for interview and performance of her Top 10 Smooth Jazz Hit “Waiting In Vain.”

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Jody Watley’s Latest Music Triumph

Venerable Grammy Award Winning Artist, Style Icon and Trailblazer Jody Watley’s latest music triumph is her stunning jazz turn of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain.” Watley continues to delight and surprise – with decades of hits under her belt in various genres she broke new ground with a Top 10 in the Smooth Jazz field on the heels of being ranked as one of Billboard Magazines Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time.

A truly timeless artist, songwriter and renaissance woman.

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Jody Watley Comes to Oakland for Juneteenth

It’s a community picnic you don’t want to miss – and it’s free to the people as a thank you for the Oakland City Council. I’ll be doing a few of my hits – so come on out! June 16, 2018 – I go on at 2 PM.

Oakland-Juneteenth Jody Watley

 

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Jody Watley 2018 Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka Concert Series: Another One For The Books

As I’ve shared on on social media pages this past week, it’s a blessing to be able to be loved and appreciated consistently through the decades since the first time coming to Japan when my second solo album came out in 1989. Fast forward to 2018 – it’s still a thrill.

By the time the final concert of 2018 was ending I was moved to tears of joy and deep gratitude. Whenever I decide to retire (if I am given the blessing and opportunity to choose) I know I will miss performing and coming to Japan more than anywhere I’ve been along the way thus far

Here are a few highlights of many. Thank you to the great staff of Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka, SRL squad, my sharp rhythm section and the incredible fans of Japan. I love you! Domo Arigato and I always pray for the next time.

Arrival. Tokyo – June 4, 2018.

Room service-Breakfast. I took a picture because the presentation was so beautiful.

Soundcheck day 1.

Jody Watley, SRL (Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy) Kerry Griffin, Roland Hamilton. Keith Eaddy, Naz Cham

Ready for Act 1 of my show kicking off the music journey with some my classic solo hits with John “Havic” Gregory and Rosero McCoy.

Jody Watley and Ro — Nate dressed for SRL. Rosero is in first part of Jody section.

Photography courtesy of Billboard Live Tokyo-First

two songs of Jody Watley and then Jody Watley

and SRL.

I love capturing Nate on “Make That Move” a classic from my Shalamar days. The audience loves him and Nate brings so much zeal and energy to the song and performance.

I love these fan-made hand held fans I keep them all!

With the gifted and beautiful illustrator Hatsune Utsumi

With the very beautiful and kind Cheiko- we first met 18 years ago.

Entry of Billboard Live Tokyo after concert.

We asked fans to join our after show photo when we went into venue entrance.

They traveled from Spain.

Nate Allen Smith, SRL

Jody Watley. Art by Hatsune Utsumi

Nate Allen Smith, SRL

Backstage and ready for my close-up!

Sound checking “Waiting In Vain”

Love these guys! Hiro, Yoshinori and

Shigeo.

The very kind Shun Naka gifted me with handmade bags.

Tokyo – We did that!

Lunch in Osaka

Jody Watley and SRL.

Details.

With John “Havic” Gregory and Rosero Mccoy

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Hand painted kimono and gift by Hatsune Utsumi

Meet and Greet.

He asked me to pose with him – and I did.

The Masato Family – Mile and Madna danced with us onstage and gifted awesome art

Art by Mile and Madna

More to come!

Waiting In Vain Top 20 With Listeners on SmoothJazz.com

 

 

Jody Watley Waiting In Vain Top 20

Jody Watley’s “Waiting In Vain” is such a beautiful musical companion for spring and summer and it’s nice to see the single being so well received. It’s remained in the Top 10 on the Smooth Jazz Network and was a Top 25 on the Billboard Magazine Smooth Jazz Chart.

“Waiting In Vain” Top 20 with listeners on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio  See the full chart listings, chart includes venerable artists like Boney James, Manhattan Transfer, Najee, new jazz sensation Damien Escobar and more.
https://www.smoothjazz.com/charts/listener 

 

Jody Watley Exclusive Curated Playlist In Celebration Of Upcoming Concerts at Billboard Live Japan

Sunsets and Dancefloor is a small capsule reflecting a bit of my eclectic taste in music from jazz, Soul, dance, classic disco and modern funk. A choice 17.

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Jody Watley Bethesda Blues Blues and Jazz – Long Beach Freestyle Festival In Review

Had a fabulous round of concerts this weekend of different vibes. The Maryland / D.C. trip began with a solid round of television being welcomed to WUSA 9 and Fox 5 Good Day DC.

 

Soundcheck at 8 A.M. on point live vocals.

Snippet of interview.

I gifted the ladies jumbo Watley hoop earrings and a handheld fan.

After the performance of the Top 10 “Waiting In Vain” and interview, I was off to Fox 5 Good Day DC where there is always a memorable moment.

 

The soul, jazz, pop, funk full experience at the historic venue Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club was joyful, emotional, resilient and funky.

 

Soundchecking our next single “The Passion” – Epic Soul Music and Life Anthem.

Jody Watley & SRL.

 

Always a party.

 

I took an awful fall at the top of the show- like life we have to pick ourselves up, keep going and never lose sense of humor.

 

I loved the after show Q&A and kudos to the promoter for thinking outside the box beyond the standard meet and greet. This was very special.

The Freestyle Festival on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California was a Cinco De Mayo party in perfect outdoor weather.

Squad. Pictured: Michele “Soulchild” Garman, Aaliyah Rose, Lyric Heck, Emma Wages, Tahani Anderson, Nate Allen Smith, John “Havic” Gregory, Kayla, Rosero Mccoy

 

Feeling the love.

 

A classic hit in front of 10,000.