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MAUREEN  WASHINGTON

    

   With a vocal style that encompasses the soul of Etta James, and Carmen McRae, the modernity of Holly Cole and the playfulness of Jann Arden, Maureen Washington evokes comparison to some of the great female Jazz singers of our time yet remains one of a kind.

Based in Victoria, Maureen Washington's co-writes stellar originals with guitar player Daniel Cook, that emulate songs from eras of 1940 - to the present day. 

When performing popular standards Maureen's voice captures the romance from the past with a fresh new sound and style.  The vocals are warm, deep and pure.  Maureen takes you on a journey of stories of love gone right and stories of love gone wrong, she is impressive and enchanting, you’ll be drawn away by the pure soul that resonates in her music from her own personal life.  Maureen Washington entertains audiences and gains their attention and respect by her honest humble approach. She is extremely warm, funny and approachable, by the end of the evening you feel that you have found a new best friend. 


As a songstress for a variety of different ensembles, she began her music career in Prince George where she sang in a funk, blues, swing band named BOP. They recorded an album of orginals, taught Jazz clinics and played local venues and festivals. The band BOP was widely acclaimed in the area as the best dance band, performing rearranged classics and lively originals. Along with the band she also performed for restaurants and corporate events with pianist David Sproule. 

The Victoria music scene agrees with Maureen and she performs with many different configurations; from duos to sextets at several high end venues around Vancouver Island. She performed at multi events at both the 2008 and 2009 International Victoria Jazz Festival.


Over the past 10 years Maureen has worked extensively in the music industry, as a singer songwriter, vocal instructor, performer and has hosted and performed main stage for 4 years (2004 - 2007) at the Prince George International Folk Festival sharing the stage with Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, Martyn Joseph and twice hosted festival clinics with Florida's Lee Boys and Ruthie Foster and a second with Amy Millan on female songwriters.

Early in her career Maureen also produced and hosted a musicians singer songwriter showcase, providing an opportunity for local talent to be seen by the public.

Her Discography includes: "Summertime EP" 2009, "Baby it's Cold Outside" 2005, "BOP" 2005 along with "Fly Away Be At Rest" 2004 and "Beyond the Veil" 2003 these two were self produced.

WEBSITEhttp://www.maureenwashington.ca/