Keith Washington

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Keith Washington
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Keith Washington
Background information
Birth name Keith Washington
Born (1960-11-15) November 15, 1960 (age 54)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres R&B, soul, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, producer
Years active 1990–present
Labels Qwest Records
MCA Records
Associated acts Chanté Moore, Kylie Minogue
Gerald Levert, Marc Gordon
Miki Howard

Keith Washington (born November 15, 1960) is an American R&B vocalist from Detroit, Michigan who scored a hit single in the United States in 1991 with "Kissing You", which was also used as background music for an episode of soap opera General Hospital on ABC.[1] "Kissing You" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance Male and won a 1992 Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Male. The song also topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for one week.

Washington also recorded a duet with Kylie Minogue, their co-composition "If You Were with Me Now" in 1991 (on PWL Records) which reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.

Washington branched out in a few acting roles. He starred as himself on the series Martin in an episode called "A Woman with a Past" singing a duet with Tisha Campbell-Martin entitled "The Closer I Get to You" a classic ballad performed and made famous in 1978 by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.[2] In addition, Keith had a brief role in the TV soap opera General Hospital as Keith Jasper. He also had a brief role in John Singleton's Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson, as a hairdresser named Dexter.[3]

Washington's first marriage to Marsha Jenkins ended in divorce and resulted in her writing a tell-all book titled The Other Side of Through, which is a fictional account based on Jenkins' marriage to Washington and her experiences with the singer's marital infidelities. In June 2009, Washington married his longtime girlfriend, Stephanie Grimes, who is general sales manager for WGPR-FM 107.5 in Detroit. He also revealed his plans to release a new album.[4][5] Washington has since branched out into radio himself, as he now hosts the nighttime "Slow Jams" show "Kisses After Dark" on Detroit radio station WDMK-FM 105.9 (Kiss-FM).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions[6][6] Certifications
US US
R&B
1991 Make Time for Love 48 1
1993 You Make It Easy
  • Released: September 21, 1993
  • Label: Qwest / Warner Bros.
100 15
1998 kw
  • Released: March 10, 1998
  • Label: Silas / MCA
125 27

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[7]
Billboard Hot 100 US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles
1991 "Are You Still in Love with Me" - 15
"Kissing You" 40 1
"Make Time for Love" - 22
1992 "When You Love Somebody" - 26
1993–1994 "Believe That" - 30
"Stay in My Corner" - 34
1994 "Trippin'" - 77
1998 "Bring It On" 63 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ "A Woman With a Past" on YouTube
  3. ^ IMDB Keith Washington acting projects
  4. ^ Young, Black, and Famous- June 22, 2009 Accessed 7/3/2009.
  5. ^ Detroit News online Accessed 7/3/2009.
  6. ^ a b "Keith Washington US chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  7. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.