Yoko tops the charts – #1 in jazz radio airplay!
A note from Yoko:
WE DID IT!!! “Songs of Joy” is #1 on the JazzWeek radio chart! I’m overwhelmed with JOY and such gratitude for my amazing team who helped us to reach this milestone. First, I have to thank my manager Laura Hess Hay Jamal who not only convinced me to release this album but also came up with the title. My hero Ahmad Jamal gave me words of encouragement and his belief in me as an artist is nothing short of a dream come true! I’m so grateful that Laura connected me with the amazing Martin Hummel and his label Ubuntu Music who gave me so much support during this uncertain time. Then there’s my longtime publicist Ann Braithwaite, words cannot express my appreciation for her incredible work. The woman behind the curtain, Jay Tee is no small part of this achievement! Not only is she my biggest fan but she has worked tirelessly on this project and I couldn’t have done it without her. HUGE thanks to the best radio promoter in the world, Mark Elf! Thank you to Bonnie Barrett and the whole crew at Yamaha Pianos. Can’t forget my UK publicist Rupert Burley for spreading the word across the pond and Dave Habeeb for the awesome videography. Thanks to my dear friend Jamme Chantler whose love and support means the world to me. I am truly blessed to have talented musicians who play with such heart, thank you Will Slater, Brad Barrett, and Scott Goulding. Last but certainly not least, THANK YOU to all the radio stations for supporting Jazz!
A note from Martin Hummel, Director of Ubuntu Music:
I’m seen as a pragmatic person. In truth, I’m privately a dreamer.
Ubuntu Music had the opportunity to release pianist Yoko Miwa’s latest album, ‘Songs of Joy‘. It’s stunning.
We had our Dream Team — Ellora Management, Braithwaite & Katz, Dynamic Agency, Mark Elf, The Orchard, Rumney Design, Yamaha, along with others–and, working together, Yoko has just attained the #1 jazz radio airplay position in the United States.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the many stations that continue to support Yoko, the audiences that appreciate her music and the unsung heroes who helped to make this happen.
It always starts with the quality of the music, followed by the commitment and the determination of the artist. Combine this with a first class team and exciting things can sometimes happen.
And dreams can also come true…