Born: December 11 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
LYNETTE WASHINGTON, jazz vocalist, is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her extensive music career in jazz, R&B, and gospel, has taken her across the globe travelling as far as Australia. She has the gift and ability to sing in several languages including Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Ms. Washington is a sought after artist for a variety of multicultural events. Lynette was the 2005 Grand Prize Winner of the Jazzmobile / Anheuser Busch Jazz Vocal Competition, and was featured on WBGO's Singers Unlimited Show with Michael Bourne. As the Grand Prize Winner, Ms. Washington performed at WBLS' Croton Music Festival, the City Of Yonkers' Friday Night Jazz Festival in the Yonkers Sculpture Garden, and BB Kings Jazz and Blues Club in the heart of New York City.
An accomplished songwriter and arranger, Lynette has worked with well- known artists such as, Aretha Franklin, U2, Peter Gabriel, Celia Cruz and Clifford Jordan, to name a few. She was a featured lead singer and musical arranger with New Voices of Freedom, the singers who appeared in U2's Rattle & Hum, with performances at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She was also featured in a Special Olympics live telecast at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Other performances include the BBC/Virgin Records worldwide telecast and album, One World, One Voice, the Give Peace A Chance video with Lenny Kravitz, the 2002 VMA Music Awards with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown and comedian Jimmy Fallon.
Lynette has recorded national radio and television commercials for Roy Rogers, Pizza Hut, Nabisco, and Toyota. In 2002, Lynette completed her first solo project entitled Long, Long Ago: A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and released her second album, Smoky Dawn, in 2004. She is presently recording her third solo album scheduled for release in early 2010. She appears regularly at New York metropolitan area venues, including The River Room, Creole, The Schomberg Museum, BB Kings, The Zinc Bar, Solomon’s Porch, Pier 2110, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Sculpture Garden in Yonkers. She was selected by the Jazzmobile Society to pay tribute to Nina Simone at a solo performance held at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall in September 2008. She is currently touring in the Off-Broadway production of Regina Taylor’s Crowns.
Lynette Washington is an iTunes Essential Jazz Artist. For your listening pleasure, Ms. Washington's CDs, Smoky Dawn, Live! At The Kennedy Center, and Long, Long Ago are also available all major digital outlets including iTunes.
Awards:2005- 1st Winner of the Jazzmobile/Anheuser-Busch Jazz Vocal Competition, Grammy Nominated 2010, iTunes Essential Jazz Vocalist
Featured Jazz album in US, France and Canadian iTunes Stores and Charts. Featured on over 35 radio stations since its release in Dec 2011
Long, Long Ago-GuavaJamm Entertainment (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa) Lynette Washington, Darryl Pelegrini, Cameron Brown and Gerry Niewood
LIVE! At Harlem’s Kennedy Center (GuavaJamm Entertainment) (Music from the 2003 Season of Sidra Bell Dance NY) Alex Blake, Casey Benjamin, Stephen Roberson, John Cariddi, Victor See Yuen, Lynette Washington,
Smoky Dawn-GuavaJamm Entertainment Jazz Vocalist Lynette Washington #5 Most Downloaded Jazz Track 2003-apple itunes 75 Radio Stations
"U2, Rattle & Hum"-Island Records/Paramount Pictures (U2 with New Voices of Freedom) Billboard Charts (Multi-Platinum Album)
"Give Peace A Chance"-Virgin Records/Capitol Video New Voices of Freedom with Lenny Kravitz, Sean Lennon, Michael McDonald, LL Cool J, Peter Gabriel, Cyndi Lauper, Little Richard, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, JazzyB, Dave Stewart & others Billboard Charts
"Azucar Negra"-RMMS/Sony Records New Voices of Freedom with Salsa Queen Celia Cruz on her Grammy Nominated Album
"Heaven Is In Your Heart"-(From the Motion Picture "A Rage In Harlem")- Sire Records/Scorched Earth Video Productions
"One World, One Voice"-Virgin Records/BBC TV) New Voices of Freedom with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascimento, Clannad, the Chieftains, Maria McKee, Dave Stewart, Robbie Robertson, Bob Geldof, The Kodo Drummers, The Gypsy Kings, Thembala Zulu, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Lou Reed, Salif Keita, Wayne Shorter, Afrika Bambaataa, Johnny Clegg, Chrissie Hynde, Terence Trent D'Arby and others
"Scrooged"-A&M Records/ Paramount Pictures New Voices of Freedom sing, with Toto and Billy Preston playing, U2's "The Sweetest Thing" for the soundtrack of Bill Murray's movie Billboard Charts
"Songs"-Epic Records New Voices of Freedom with rock group See No Evil
"Rockspel!"- GuavaJamm Entertainment New Voices of Freedom The # 1 Rock & Roll Choir in the World's Debut Album The Hot Pick Sept-October 99- www.mp3.com
"Fungi Mama (Bebopfunkadiscalypso)-GRP Records Billboard Charts Jazz trumpeter-Tom Browne
"Midnight Interlude"-GRP Records Jazz trumpeter-Tom Browne Billboard Charts
"Jason, Jason"-Reality/Danya Records Touche'
"Just Like A Doorknob"-SPQR Records (Italy) Touche'
"Wrap It Up"-Emergency Records Touche' Billboard Charts
"Funkacise"-GRP Records The Funkacise Gang (Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Instrumentalist)
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