Keith Washington

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Keith Washington
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Keith Washington
Background information
Birth nameKeith Washington
Born (1960-11-15) November 15, 1960 (age 59)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor, producer
Years active1990–present
LabelsQwest Records
MCA Records
Associated actsChanté 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 recorded the hit single "Kissing You" in 1991. The song was also used as Background music for the ABC television soap opera General Hospital.[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[further explanation needed] 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).



Year Album details Chart positions[6] Certifications
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


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100
U.S. R&B
1991 "Kissing You" 40 1 - Make Time For Love
"Are You Still in Love with Me" - 15 -
"If You Were With Me Now" (duet with Kylie Minogue) (non-US) - - 4 Let's Get to It
1992 "Make Time for Love" - 22 - Make Time For Love
"When You Love Somebody" - 26 -
1993 "Stay in My Corner" (US promo only) - 34 - You Make It Easy
1994 "Believe That" (US promo only) - 30 -
"Trippin'" (US promo only) - 77 -
1998 "Bring It On" 63 22 - KW
"I Love You" (duet with Chanté Moore) (US promo only) - - -
"I Don't Mind" (US promo only) - - -
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ Biography,
  2. ^ "A Woman With a Past" on YouTube
  3. ^ IMDB Keith Washington acting projects
  4. ^ Young, Black, and Famous- June 22, 2009 Archived June 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 7/3/2009.
  5. ^ Detroit News online Accessed 7/3/2009.
  6. ^ "Keith Washington US chart history". Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  7. ^ "Keith Washington - US Hot 100". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Keith Washington - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Keith Washington - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 December 2015.