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Keith Washington - 3.6.20Friday, March 06 2020 6pm Doors / 8pm Start
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Keith Washington - 3.6.20
at City Winery Washington DC
- Front Premier
- Bar Stool
Keith Washington is an American R&B vocalist, songwriter, actor, and producer born in Detroit, Michigan. He started singing at the age of six, opening up for artists such as: Brenda Russell and many others that grace the stage at the club Twenty Grand. Years later, Washington started touring with the legendary group “The Dramatics.”
In 1984, Washington made his first TV debut on the hit show Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon. The exposure from Star Search, afforded him opportunities to do background recording sessions with renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, R&B Vocalist Miki Howard, and the Jacksons. Washington then moved to Los Angeles, where he met manager Sherwin Bash and A&R executive for Qwest Records, Raoul Roach. Roach subsequently introduced Washington to Quincy Jones, who signed him to Qwest Warner Brothers.
In 1991, Qwest Warner Brothers released his first single titled “Kissing You,” off the “Make Time For Love” album, which was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance. It also won a 1992 SoulTrain Music Award for Best R&B Single. The song also topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Charts for several weeks. Qwest Warner Brothers released his second single, “Are You Still In Love With Me?” ( produced by Barry Eastmond) which propelled “Make Time For Love” to Gold and later Platinum status.
Washington then went on to record his second album titled, “You Make It Easy,” which landed Washington his second Gold Album. Washington also went on to record a series of duets with R&B singer Chante Moore, artist Taylor Dayne, and UK pop star Kylie Minogue, titled “If You Were With Me Now” reaching #4 on the UK Single Charts.
In 1998, Washington released his third CD titled; “KW” produced by platinum producer Rodney Jerkins, again teaming up with Chante Moore to release the hit single, “I Love You.” Washington then went on to work with platinum producers Babyface and L.A. Reid, on the soundtrack from the hit movie “Boomerang,” starring Eddie Murphy. He also appeared on several television shows, including The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno and The Arsenio Hall Show. Branching out into acting, Washington co-starred on an episode of the hit sitcom Martin and also landed a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. He later appeared in the John Singleton Film “Poetic Justice,” starring Janet Jackson and Tupac.
In 2007, Washington starred in the hit stage play “My Brother Marvin” written by Marvin Gaye’s sister, Zeola Gaye alongside Lyn Whitfield and Clifton Powell. Washington embodied Marvin so well; there was talk of him being nominated for a Tony Award. He also became an air personality in Detroit, MI, for 1059 Kiss-FM.
In 2018, Washington was awarded the HAL award for “Outstanding Achievement in Music.” In 2019, he received the “The National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Award.” Washington is now working on his forthcoming CD and will soon be releasing his new single covering “My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration,” originally recorded by Teddy Pendergrass.