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 Colors of Christmas New Promotional Photo.

Colors of Christmas- America’s Favorite Holiday Show!

I look forward to singing duets, ensembles and a couple of my solo hits in this years show also featuring Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis.

For more information and tickets: The Colors of Christmas Tour

Jody Watley. June Update.

“Always go where the love is!”

Jody Watley Paradise Image

Up Next:

Good vibes and prayers to all 🙏🏽🌎⚡️Jody Watley. Photography:Albert Sanchez. Paradise Graphic Design: Ray Easmon
Up next:
June 23 Danvers MA Yacht Club
July 8 Alameda County Fair
July 21 Sycuan Casino El Cajon CA
July 22 The Greek Theatre Freestyle Festival
August 5 Albany NY Empire Plaza
August 12 TBA
August 26 The Fox Theater Atlanta GA with Peabo Bryson and Stephanie Mills
Sept 2 Yoshis Oakland
Sept 28 TBA
Nov 11-18 80s In The Sand Dominican Republic Punta Cana Resort
Colors of Christmas Tour Dec 3-17
And More 🔥🎶
The new single and video “Sanctuary” out now

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 Shalamar Reloaded Highlight 2015

This journey with Nate Smith and Rosero began prompted by trying to correct misuse and false ads, and undoubtedly turned into something else fueled by God and the universe. As the year progressed, and as it goes with the journey of life we cleared hurdles, were dealt many challenges to overcome and an initial flood of naysayers — but I remained steadfast ad did Nate and Rosero who continued to have my back. In that – we really became a group, not fueled by cashing checks but with a similar passion for music, dance and having a good time. Our goals and objectives changed as the year went along. Here’s to the unexpected, new goals, new challenges to be overcome, new inspirations and 2016. Togetherness and teamwork.

The remix is produced by Jamie Von De / Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit

Original SlowDance Video: Damien Sandoval

Edit: Christopher Burke

Logo Design: Ray Easmon

 

 

 

 

Jody Watley. Happy Days Music Festival

It was crazy frustrating to be in the UK for 4 days without internet – and crazy to realize how dependent we are. As a business person it’s a bit of a disaster…but we made it through. The new members Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy and I went over like gangbusters – despite a few naysayers predicting we’d be booed off of the stage. As always, I’m focused on the positive side of things. Life is too short to do otherwise. Even when things don’t go your way (i.e. internet) it’s so much better with people you enjoy being with – laughing, passing the time, sharing good good, good times – doing something we all love. Gratitude.

Never get caught up in negative chatter – some people will never want to see another person succeed. Life goes on!

Good food, good times.

Good food, good times – in Shepperton first night at lovely Indian restaurant

A sea of love united in the music. Happy Days Festival 2015.

SHALAMAR ‘RELOADED’ killin it — A sea of love united in the music. Happy Days Festival 2015.

Nate Allen Smith.Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. The newly reloaded SHALAMAR.

Nate Allen Smith.Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. The newly reloaded SHALAMAR.

Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith. Happy Days Festival 2015 UK. SHALAMAR.

Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith. Happy Days Festival 2015 UK. SHALAMAR.