Keith Washington

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Keith Washington

US singer Keith Washington made it big in the early 1990’s, but what’s he up to these days?

Singer, songwriter, producer and actor Keith Washington (b.1960) got off to a good start doing backing vocals for The Jackson 5, most notably their debut release, “I Want You Back”. At the beginning of the 1990’s, his debut single topped the US R&B chart followed closely by his debut album which also topped the chart. In his home country, he has branched out into acting and radio presenting, but for the rest of the world, he is best remembered for his 1991 duet with Kylie Minogue, “If You Were With Me Now”.

Detroit born Keith got off to a flying start when he was signed to composer Quincy Jones’ QWest label and at the beginning of 1991, he released his debut single, “Kissing You”, which topped the R&B chart and reached No.40 on the singles chart. He followed this with his debut album, “Make Time For Love”, which also went to the top of the R&B chart and No.48 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the singles “Are You Still In Love With Me?” (No.15), “When You Love Somebody” (No.26) and the title track, which reached No.22.

“Make Time For Love” also found an audience on the UK soul scene and perhaps it was because of this that he wound up working with Australian star Kylie Minogue in the Summer of 1991. Together with her and her producers Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, they wrote the gorgeous ballad “If You Were With Me Now” for the artists upcoming fourth studio album, “Let’s Get To It“. The song was released as the second single from the album and became a big hit, reaching No.4 in the UK, No.7 in Ireland and No.23 in her home country, Australia. Oddly, the recording was not made together and both Keith and Kylie recorded their vocals at different times. This also extended to the video which quite obviously has been filmed in two different locations and then edited together. Whatever the history, the song became Minogue’s first co-penned chart hit single.

“Kissing You” was nominated for a Grammy in 1992 and won Keith a Soul Train award for best R&B single the same year. Keith’s second album came in 1993. “You Make It Easy” made the top 100 on the Billboard album chart and No.15 on the R&B chart and featured the singles “Stay In My Corner”, “Believe That” (No.30) and “Trippin'”. he disappeared off the scene for a few years before returning in 1998 with his third album, “KW”. “KW” featured the chart hit “Bring It On” (No.63, R&B No.22) as well as the duet, “I Love You”, with Chante Moore.

Although Keith continues to perform, he has largely abandoned recording since 1998, save one new release, “Thinkin’ Bout You” in 2012. His career has diversified into acting where Keith has played in the US soap opera General Hospital as well as opposite Janet Jackson in her 1993 film ‘Poetic Justice’. When he’s not performing, Keith presents his long running evening shop on WDMK-FM 105.9 Radio and when he’s not doing that, he’s quite prolific on social media…check him out on Twitter and Facebook!

“What kind of fools are you and I?
There would be stars up in the sky
If you were with me now”

Keith Washington 2019

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!