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 and SRL Update. Another Successful Japan Tour and New Ground In Beijing.

The fans were delighted with the new show in Tokyo and Osaka. Playing to packed and enthusiastic audiences, we really enjoyed seeing the crowd grooving not only to my solo hits and new music but that of SRL as well. The forthcoming ‘Say What’ led by Rosero McCoy is infectious and continued the party with everyone on their feet dancing. My ‘Dancer’ is always a rousing centerpiece and celebration of freestyle prompting people to ‘Get In The Music – Lose Yourself.” Indeed!

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Multi-generational fan love! 

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Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy: SRL. John Grego, Sam Sims. Prince Damons. Kerry Griffin and Andrew Levin (sub for Levi Seacer)

After Japan, the guys headed back to the states and I headed off solo to Beijing, China for a special concept show with Japanese based musicians for a show titled “An Evening of Love and Soul”for Valentine’s Day at the gorgeous Blue Note. This show was more ballad and love song based – from my favorite makeovers (Waiting In Vain, After You, Who, Too Shy to Say, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow..) among others sprinkled in with a few of my uptempo hits. It was nice to mix it up. Read the NEW Q&A with The Beijinger: Here

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Jody Watley. Blue Note Beijing, 2017. 2-14-17

 

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Jody Watley. Glam. Blue Note Beijing – before going onstage to a sold-out Valentine’s Day audience. 

I really hope I’m able to take the guys and my regular band next time with that being said for the fans to get a full experience. The show was sold-out! My heart is full to continue to see the reception of my music not just in America but countries as well. While in Beijing I also had a chance to do some sightseeing – rare. On my list was visiting the Great Wall of China and learning more history about it. In the process, I nearly blew my already injured knee out. It was worth it.

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Jody Watley, The Great Wall of China. 2017

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Jody Watley, Beijing 2017.

 

Jody Watley and SRL – A Soulful Blend

It has been and exciting year full of concerts, new music and video. Jody Watley was just named one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine. You know you’re in for a good time whenever she hits the stage  in a genre blending catalog that covers Pop, R&B/Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ambient and Electronica with a message always rooted in love. That’s inspiration.

Jody Watley and the hot new trio SRL with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy are set to return to the stage with their soulful blend of music and sleek choreography to the stage in recently announced concerts including the just announced return to B.B. Kings New York in Times Square. Here are the new series of promotional flyers for BB Kings NYC.

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This is a must experience concert event.

Get Tickets BB KINGS MAY 27, 2017 : TicketMaster

LIVE AT THE ROXY THEATER LOS ANGELES JANUARY 28, 2017 – TICKETFLY

BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO FEB 6-8

BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA FEB 9

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MORE DATES TBA!!!

JODY WATLEY

SRL.

 

DANCER (Cut Correct and Rhe’ Remix) Concept Video.