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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kayla Waters

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Jazz pianist Kayla Waters kick-started her career with back-to-back No. 1 singles on Billboard. Her latest release, "Full Bloom" (from her CD "Coevolve") is zooming up the Smooth Jazz Songs chart as well. Residing in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C., Waters says touring is a perk of her job. But even when she doesn't have to travel, she enjoys squeezing in a quick visit somewhere. "I love traveling," says Waters, who's the daughter of acclaimed jazz saxophonist Kim Waters. "The first trip I can remember was taking a road trip up to Maine to visit my Dad's brother-in-law's family. I absolutely loved it. It was a summer trip and I can remember playing outside in a pristine field of grass. (It was) the greenest grass I had ever seen!" Waters, 28, stays in touch with her fans on Instagram (, Facebook ( and her website (

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?

A. Smaller cities and towns often have more character and an intimate cultural nature about them and that is a huge draw for me. I noticed this feeling while in Minneapolis -- an artistically unique city -- and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which is a high-end, boutique beach off of the Atlantic coast.

Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A. As I mature and spend a lot of time traveling with my music career, I realize that wherever I go, there is an opportunity for me to be a blessing to someone else, perhaps giving a hug, sharing a conversation, showing love, encouraging or inspiring. Traveling has taught me how to be selfless and more aware of people.

Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?


A. If I am feeling adventurous, New York City is always a fun weekend trip. If I want to hide away, I drive an hour and a half south of D.C. and hang in Richmond, Virginia, which is another city full of character.

Q. If you've ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?

A. I went out of town once for Christmas. That was last year. I flew to Atlanta and spent Christmas there. I had a wonderful time, though it was a bit odd that it was 60 degrees on Christmas Day.

Q. Do you speak any foreign languages?


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