VOCALIST KEITH WASHINGTON
Vocalist Keith Washington emerged as a “shining star” among many lights in the entertainment world. Who can say which one shone the brightest? Other family members who dove headlong into entertainment are: Gino Washington and Shirley Washington. Evelyn (Ashford) Washington was a five-foot-five sprinter who broke world records. She was ranked best in the world 14 times, and earned five Olympic medals. It seems success rested on the Washington doorsteps. However, not without hard work, discipline and a desire to succeed.
SUCCEED IS WHAT VOCALIST KEITH WASHINGTON DID
“Kissing You” was Keith’s first hit song. In 1991, it was nominated for a Grammy Award.
The nomination was for Best R&B Vocal Performance Male. Even though Kissing You did not win, it topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for one week. It is a love song that touches every romantic spot, caresses the heart and softens any love disappointments one may have had along the way.
LIFE THROWS DISAPPOINTMENTS
Getting to the top and staying there, takes discipline, perseverance and strong core values. Sometimes, it is difficult to maneuver around the curves of life. Washington did not always takes the curves with the proper speed, and found himself crashing into familiar roadblocks that success can deliver. His looks made him a “heart-throb” for many females, and staying afloat can be very challenging. It can lead to a lifestyle that is not sustainable, a career on steroids and a marriage “on the rocks.”
Keith’s first marriage to Marsha Jenkins ended in divorce. Sometimes later, he married Stephanie Grimes. That too, ended in divorce. Somewhere in his career, his mother met a tragic death, which caused him to enter a state of depression. Climbing out of that, Keith learned that patience, persistence and courage must become part of “the repertoire of music. ” Without those, a musical talent does not have the foundation to sustain itself. Hopefully, those lessons have been learned, and his life is back on track. The talent is still there . . . what will he do with it?
VOCALIST KEITH WASHINGTON KEEPS SINGING
Keith is learning that when life “knocks you off the bicycle,” the only way to finish the ride . . . is to get up and get back on. As of writing, that is what Vocalist Keith Washington is doing! “Hats off to you!”