musical career of Glenroy Washington, singer, songwriter and drummer,
personifies the cliché; The race is not for the swift,
but for those who can endure. The triumph of Glen Washingtons
endurance has been 25 years in the making.
most successful artists, Washington evolved from humble beginnings.
Born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica he is currently one of
the most in demand artist in reggae music; this has come after many
years of recording and waiting in the wings. In 1997, he released
his debut album Brother To Brother and, to date, has
released 10 albums. Fans and critics alike say there is not one
bad song in his catalog.
began his musical career in the early seventies as the lead singer
for the group Names And Faces. He later became the lead
singer in a band called 35 Incorporated and learned
to play the drums under the guidance of, then drummer, Joseph Hill.
When Hill left the band, Washington filled the slot, and became
a singing drummer.
There are positive lessons of encouragement and motivation to learn
from Washingtons experiences. His musical career is reminiscent
of Boris Gardener, singer, bass player and bandleader who after
25 years in the music industry recorded the golden I Wanna
Wake Up With You. In the same vein, it was thirty years after
recording the classic Black Magic Woman that Santana
went on to sweep the 2000 Grammy awards for the gigantic hit Maria
Washington made his first hit record Rockers Not Crackers
in 1978 for the Joe Gibbs Record label; but he did not grace the
charts again until the release of the hit Kindness For Weakness
music industry insiders would say that after 20 years in the business,
its unlikely that an artist would release his biggest hit,
but it has been proven again and again how speculative this business
the years, Washington has recorded sporadically as a solo singer
and extensively as a studio drummer and, has laid tracks for various
artists. Simultaneously, Washington was a full-time drummer (sometimes
singer) in several different bands, such as: The Avengers, The Titans,
and Happiness Unlimited. With Happiness Unlimited he migrated to
the USA to work with Stevie Wonder. The other Bands he played with
are Calabash and Bands that backed Artists such as Leroy Sibbles,
Shinehead, Junior Reid, Gregory Isaacs, Sister Carol and the Meditations.
a short hiatus from performing; in 1997, Washington once again pursued
his solo singing career by doing some recording sessions for Studio
Ones, famed Producer - Clement Dodd. It was dejavu all over
again with the release of Washingtons awesome debut album
Brother to Brother.
Stage, Glen Washington gets a supporting hand from a happy
seems the Studio One sound was launching another Artist career.
However, it was a year later while recording for Producers Lloyd
Campbell & Jason Sterling, that Washington hit with the classic
album Next To You. It was marketed by VP Records and
featured the hit song Kindness for Weakness, all tracks
on this album are considered single material.
the resurgence of Glen Washingtons singing career, his smooth,
raspy, bass voice has often been likened to that of Beres Hammond.
Washington says, Beres is one of my favorite entertainers,
so I regard it as a compliment to be compared with him. With
the release of over forty singles and eleven albums in four years,
Washington has established himself as not only a singer but, also
as a gifted songwriter who penned his own songs.
Other albums released by Washington are Cant You See
produced by Jah Life Records; Think About It for Philip
Smart; Number One Girl produced by Lloyd Campbell &
Jason Sterling, Solitary Red Rose for Ruff Stuff; Cant
Keep A Good Man Down for Don One; Wondering Stranger
for Coxone Dodd, Reggae Max for Jet Star, Free
Up The Vibes for Stingray and "Your Love" Lloyd
Campbell & Jason Sterling.
said, As a drummer backing other artists, I have toured the
world, playing in countries like Japan, North, South and Central
America, all over Europe and all the Caribbean Islands. Now I am
repeating those trips as the featured artist, and its a great
feeling to see thousands of fans coming out for my performances."
Soca Music Awards
2) Canadian Award
of Merit - 1998
Male Vocalist - 1998
Reggae New Artist - 1998
3) 11th Annual
Tamika Reggae Awards
Best Comeback of the year - 1999
4) 12th Annual Tamika Reggae Awards
Male Vocalist of the year National - 2000
Soca Music Awards
Reggae Album of the year: Number One Girl
6) New York
FM Awards - 2000
-Lover Girl Productions - 2001
International Reggae Award - 2002