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.
Maureen Washington songstress for a variety of different ensembles, began her music career in Prince George where she sang in a funk, blues, swing, jazz band named BOP, who recorded an EP, 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.
Now based in Victoria, Maureen performs with many different configurations: from duos to sextets at several high end venues around Vancouver Island. She also performed at multiple events during 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 International Victoria Jazz Fest.
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 Fest, sharing the stage with Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, Martyn Joseph and twice hosted festival clinics one with Florida's Lee Boys and Ruthie Foster and a second with Amy Millan on female songwriters.
Early in her career Maureen also hosted a musicians showcase, providing an opportunity for local talent to be seen by the public.
Her discography includes a two new albums Blues in the Night 2010 & Here We Go Again 2010 (original album co-written with Daniel Cook) EP Summertime EP 2009, "Baby it's Cold Outside" 2005 "BOP" 2004 along with "Fly Away Be At Rest" 2004 and "Beyond the Veil" 2003; these two were self produced.