Steve Washington has been performing for nearly 30 years with humble beginnings in Princeton University’s college singing groups and theatrical productions. After Princeton, Steve appeared in numerous professional theatrical productions, eventually earning membership in Actors’ Equity (the actor’s union) when cast in an Arena Stage production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Forays into dramatic theater landed him the role of Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger.
In the 90s, Steve shifted his focus to music fronting some of DC’s top bands and orchestras and sharing stages with the Marvelettes, the Drifters, the Supremes, the Village People, Peter Noon, Gary Pucket, Orleans, comedian Steven Wright, and others. As a freelance vocalist, Steve performed in DC area jazz & blues clubs and performance spaces, including numerous sold-
In the late 90s, Steve returned to the theater when cast in a production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s review Hey Mr. Producer, appearing as the Engineer of Miss Saigon, Valjean of Les Miserables, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Steve has said, "tackling those characters under the guidance of Sir Mackintosh himself remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career."
Steve is a featured vocalist on other artist’s CDs and a demo vocalist for songwriters from DC to New York City. Steve has also traveled the world touring Italy with the Steve Washington Project and headlining on many of the world’s finest luxury ships. His big-
Currently, Steve is the lead vocalist for Raggs & the AllStars (aka the SRO Orchestra) and continues to freelance playing notable clubs and performance spaces like Blues Alley, the Carlyle Club, the Atlas Theater, and the Katzen Arts Center.
In conjunction with the release of his new CD Right to Love, Steve recently enjoyed a triumphant debut at New York City’s renowned jazz cabaret, the Metropolitan Room. As a result, Steve returns in 2016 for several additional dates. Right to Love is receiving radio play across the USA, into Canada, and as far away as Australia. Thus far, here’s what they’re saying:
“. . . the kind of phrasing you got from the Coles, Eckstines . . . . more jazz in his soul than a Broadway cat can be expected to show, this is a fine set . . . .”
— Chris Specter (Midwest Record)
". . . a wonderful CD and Steve is an excellent vocalist. His interpretations of 'Caravan,' 'Quiet Nights,' 'The Lamp Is Low,' 'Alright Okay You Win,' and 'Avalon' are right in the pocket."
— Jim Stone, host of "Big Band Swing" on WNLZ Lansing MI
Steve is enjoying this current chapter in his career and looking forward to new audiences, new venues, and continued adventure.