Who is Yumi Godsey?
Yumi: I am a singer/entertainer living in Nishinomiya. I have my own rock band called Rowdy Godsey and
another band called Yumi & Friends. I do mostly rock, country, and pop, but depending on the job, I also
sing jazz and standards as well.
What is the main difference between playing music in Japan and playing in the US?
Yumi: In Japan, I have to really put my feelings into the songs so that the people can relate to what I’m singing about. Japanese people don’t really express their true feelings so I really have to work hard to get them relaxed and enjoy themselves. But on the other hand, in the US they are used to hearing live music from great musicians with great pronunciation and there’s a lot more competition, so you have to have something special for them.
When are your next shows?
Yumi: Yumi & Rowdy Friends @ Royal Horse on 9/18 (KMC), Rowdy Godsey @ Hard Rock Cafe Osaka on 9/21, Yumi Godsey & Super Force @ VOXX Osaka on 10/26
What is unique about your live performance?
Yumi: I grew up in Kansas, so I sing with fluent English pronunciation unlike other Japanese artists, and I actually go out into the audience and have contact with them so that they feel like they are part of the show. I thrive on the feeling of having the audience and band become one.
Which area of Kansai has thecraziest “obachans?”
Yumi: Ooh, that is a very dangerous question since I’m one of them, but I suppose I see a lot of “obachans” in the
Osaka area; a lot more than Kobe or Kyoto. Which area? I’m not sure. I’m not too familiar with Osaka but I suppose anywhere there’s a shopping arcade. [laughs]
By Life in Kansai
Rock From Tahiti
Sept. 22 @ IZNT, Kobe Sept. 24 @ Elevate, Osaka Sept. 25 @ Heaven’s Door, Tokyo A unique band with a unique sound! Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Knights of Rock Tour
Her 5th Japan tour in 5 years!!
Nov. 4 @ Hard Rock Cafe Osaka, Hommachi Nov. 5 @ Art House, Kobe
Katya: Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards
Featuring Yuuji Uchida on Bass & Hitoshi Bando on Drums