Classic Jody Watley Photo of The Day. Interview Magazine 1987

Jody Watley, Interview Magazine, 1987

Photography: Karen Filter

Makeup: Wendy Osmunson

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!

Jody Watley Billboard Live Tokyo 2018 In Concert Photos

It’s always a joy to come to perform and share the love with everyone. I feel very blessed to have these opportunities. Billboard Live staff is fantastic as well which also makes everything go smoothly.

Chic and Disco Fabulous – Shalamar Act 3 Of Show

Jody Watley Solo Act 1 Of Show

Jody Watley and SRL. Photography courtesy of Billboard Live.

Jody Watley. Another Milestone With Waiting In Vain.

The venerable Grammy winning artist Jody Watley achieves another milestone as “Waiting In Vain” eases into the Top 10 after 11 weeks on the Smooth Jazz Network Charts with nearly 600 spins this week. Peaking at 25 on Billboard, Watley says “I do music for the love, and not charts especially at this point in my career..that said it’s nice to still be able to have new benchmarks of achievement and not simply rest on my past accomplishments.”

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Available at digital outlets worldwide.

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Billboard Airplay

KSBR-HD/Los Angeles, CA (Orange County)

WNWV/Cleveland, OH

WFSK/Nashville, TN

KUNV/Las Vegas, NV

WVAS/Montgomery, AL

Smooth Jazz Network (affiliates below)

WCLK/Atlanta, GA

WVST/Richmond, VA

WSBZ/Panama City, FL

WEIB/Springfield, MA

KJLU/Jefferson City, MO

 

Specialty Show Airplay

WWDM/Columbia, SC

CKSJ/St Johns, Canada

WAGH/Columbus, GA

KQXT/San Antonio, TX (Jazz show on A/C station)

WMJY/Biloxi, MS

WCLZ/Portland, ME

KBEM/Minneapolis, MN

WWDM/Columbia, SC

 

Smooth Jazz Airplay

WNAA/Greensboro, NC

 

KOKY/Little Rock, AR
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WCHG/Hot Springs, VA

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Smooth Jazz “In The Mix” Online Radio

SmoothJazzOnTheRocks.net
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StrawberryJazz.com

SmoothJazz905.com
WWUS/Key West, FL

KBEM/Minneapolis, MN

WSJRDBRadio.com

1000SmoothHits.de

TM Studios

Jazz-City.com

KCSW/Phoenix, AZ

SmoothJazzAndMore.com

Smooth Jazz Florida Plus HD
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South Florida Smooth Jazz

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Smooth Jazz CD101.9 New York

KKFI/Kansas City, MO

CoolNights.co.uk

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KRWV/Phoenix, AZ

CJazzChannel.com

WHCJ/Savannah, GA

WTCC/Springfield, MA

WRTC/Hartford, CT

WQTQ/Hartford, CT

AccuRadio.com (Smooth Jazz Chicago)

Smooth Grooves Radio/UK

SmoothJazzFlorida.com

SmoothJazz.com

WUSB/Long Island, NY
WJAB/Huntsville, AL

WSNC/Winston-Salem, NC
KUR/Reading, PA

KSHK/Kauai, HI

 

Smooth Jazz Network Airplay

iHeart Radio – Smooth Jazz Channel
WAEG-FM North Augusta, GA
WCHD-HD2 Dayton, OH
KWDR-FM Kennewick, WA
WKSC HD-2 Chicago, IL
KDXA HD-2 Des Moines, IO
KSOF HD-2 Fresno, CA
WSRW HD-2 Grand Rapids, MI
WMAG HD-2 Greensboro, NC
WLRQ HD-2 Melbourne, FL
WUBT-HD2 Nashville, TN
WMGF-HD2 Orlando, CA
KKCW HD-2 Portland, OR
WSNE HD-2 Providence, RI
WBTJ HD-2 Richmond, VA
KFBK-HD2 Sacramento, CA
KMJM HD-2 St. Louis, MO
KODJ HD-2 Salt Lake City, UT
KISC-HD2 Spokane, WA
COOL-FM Panama
KCCB-AM Corning, AR
WVSU-FM Birmingham, AL
KKLI-FM Colorado Springs, CO
WAJD-FM Gainesville, FL
WBHQ-FM Beverly Beach, FL
WSBZ-FM Walton Beach, FL
WUCR-FM Butler, FL
WCLZ-FM Portland, ME
WRMO-FM Bangor, ME
WHFC-FM Bel Air, MD
WLDR-FM Traverse City, MI
WVLY-FM Sundbury, PA
KQXT-FM San Antonio, TX
SmoothJazzFlorida.com
Smooth Jazz Florida Plus HD
Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay
Smooth Jazz Nox Miami
Smooth Jazz Tampa
Smooth Jazz Wave Boca Raton
Smooth Jazz CD101.9 New York
Smooth Jazz Mix New York
Radio Indigo Bangalore/Goa India 99.1
Aramco Saudi Arabia
CJCV-FM Winnipeg
Boracay Beach Radio – 97.3 FM Philippines

 

Smooth Jazz Top 20 Show Airplay
iHeart Radio – Smooth Jazz Channel
CD101.9 New York
KCCB 1260AM Corning, AR
KDXA HD-2 Des Moines
KKCW HD-2 Portland
KKLI 106.3 FM Colorado Springs
KODJ HD-2 Salt Lake City
KSOF HD-2 Fresno
KWDR-FM  93.5 and 102.3 Kennewick, WA
KZIZ-AM 1560 AM Seattle, WA
Radio Indigo Bangalore/Goa India 99.1
WAEG-FM 92.3 North Augusta, GA
WBHQ-HD-3 Beverly Beach, FL
WBTJ HD-2 Richmond
WCHB 1200 AM/ 99.9 FM  Detroit, MI
WCLZ 98.9 FM Portland, Maine
WHFC91.1 FM Bel Air, Maryland
WKSC HD-2 Chicago
WLDR HD-2 Traverse City, MI
WLRQ HD-2 Melbourne
WMAG HD-2 Greensboro
WMJM HD-2 St. Louis
WRMO 93.7 FM Bangor Maine
WSJF-DB  Smooth Jazz Florida
WSNE HD-2 Providence
WSRW HD-2 Grand Rapids
WUCR 107.9 FM Lake Butler, Florida
WVLY 100.9 FM Sundbury/Selinsgrove, PA
WXCT 98.3 FM Grand Rapids, MI
ARAMCO Saudi Arabia
Boracay Beach Radio-97.3 FM Philippines
CJCV 99.1 FM Winnipeg, Canada
COOL-FM Panama

DeLite Radio UK The A-List

Bernie O’Brien Radio Warrington

MediaBase:

^ 36 48 JODY WATLEY-Waiting In Vain (’18) (Avitone) 30     25     +5    

^ 37 42 MICHAEL FIELDS JR-Lovette Road (Water From The Rock) 30     27     +3    

^ 38 36 TAKE 6-Change The World (SoNo Recording Group) 30     30     0     

^ 39 61 GROOVE FREQUENCIES-Imagine This (B2J) 29     19     +10   

  40 19 SADE-Flower Of The Universe (Epic) 29     41     -12   

^ 41 30 MICHAEL J. THOMAS-My Love (Harbor Breeze) 28     8      +20   

^ 42 58 D’LAURENT SMITH-Hand In Hand f/Boney James (—) 28     21     +7    

^ 43 54 GREG ADAMS/EAST BAY SOUL-Look Book (Ripa) 28     22     +6    

^ 44 43 MADOCA-Surrender (City Sketches Inc) 27     26     +1    

^ 45 41 DONALD HAYES-What Dreams May Come (Grindhouse Music) 27     27     0     

^ 46 40 NAJEE-Song For The Ladies (—) 27     27     0     

  47 39 BLAIR BRYANT-Sun Chaser f/Darren Rahn (Innervision) 27     28     -1     

  48 38 ROBERTO VALLY-Birdland (Woodward Avenue ) 27     29     -2    

^ 49 86 NICK COLIONNE-Be Urself (—) 26     14     +12   

^ 50 50 JERMAINE MONDAINE-Going Higher (Water From The Rock) 26     23     +3

 

Jody Watley. A Sly and Sensuous New Groove.

Jody Watley’s sly, sensual new track “Waiting In Vain” is a fresh, contemporary urban jazz/Bossa Nova re-imagining of the Bob Marley classic. Get the Top 15 Smooth Jazz and Billboard Top 25 Single at Amazon, iTunes and in the SmoothJazz.com Listening Loft! Jody Watley : Listening Loft

TURN UP THE WATTS WITH THE SHORT FILM DIRECTED BY DAMIEN SANDOVAL !

Jody Watley Performs at Human First Gala Chicago

Soundcheck.

Jody Watley with backing dancers Rosero McCoy and John “Havic” Gregory strike elegant pose before the event at The Geraghty.

Ladies and Gentlemen the timeless and regal “Queen Of Cool” Miss Jody Watley.

The Human First Gala benefitting Center On Halsted and the work they do for equal and human rights for the LGBTQ community. There were Honorees and some of Chicago elite in fundraiser and tireless work they do. Also in attendance was the Mayor Of Chicago and executives from the Illinois ACLU.

Read more:

Windy City Times Review and Recap

Jody Watley. Waiting In Vain Smooth Jazz Global Spotlight.

 

 

 

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