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 International Victoria Jazz Fest 2008-2016.
She's had the privilege opening for The Blind Boys of Alabama's Christmas show and Jazz legend Joe Lovano as well as singing back ground vocals on Folk legend Valdy's last album "Between The Lines"
As one of Victoria's most sought after vocalist she has the honour of working with some of BC's best musicians such as Karel Roessingh, Joey Smith, Damian Graham, Daniel Cook & Miles Black.
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 with Canadian Indie Rock singer, Amy Millan on female songwriters. She also performed for the Coldsnap Music Festival opening for the Lee Boys 2010 and Juno Nominee, Jaclyn Guillou 2016.
Early in her career Maureen also hosted a musicians showcase, providing an opportunity for local talent to be seen in a coffee house setting.
Harvest Moon 2016 Engineered by Grammy and Juno songs award winner Joby Baker
Christmas Is 2014
Blues in the Night 2010
Here We Go Again 2010 (original album co-written with Daniel Cook)
Summertime EP 2009
Baby it's Cold Outside 2005
Fly Away Be At Rest 2004
Beyond the Veil 2003
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division