Monday, 20 March 2017
Two-time ARIA award winner and multi-platinum album selling artist Megan Washington comes to WAAPA in April to headline two exceptional nights of jazz music.
Backed by WAAPA’s jazz students under the musical direction of Jamie Oehlers and Jeremy Greig, Washington will perform her own inimitable interpretations of the jazz repertoire and some of her original material for two concerts in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre on Thursday, 6 April and Saturday, 8 April at 7.30pm.
Now widely known as an indie pop and alternative rock singer-songwriter, Washington started her career as a jazz singer after training at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Her 2007 EP Night Light with jazz pianist Sean Foran won the 2008 Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album. She followed this with the EP, Bennetts Lane, a collaboration with jazz pianist-composer Paul Grabowsky.
Washington’s musical style moved away from jazz when she began performing as a keyboardist and backing vocalist for artists such as blues and roots musician Old Man River and indie pop star Ben Lee.
Since then the gifted singer has taken the Australian music world by storm with her quirky lyrics and instantly appealing songs.
In 2009 Washington won the inaugural Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition for her hit single ‘How to Tame Lions’. Her 2010 debut album, I Believe You Liar, reached the top five of Australia’s albums chart. That same year Washington won two ARIA Music Awards, for Best Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist. Her 2014 album There There was described by Rolling Stone as “fearless and direct”.
Her most recent single, ‘Saint Lo’, released in November last year, was written and recorded in L.A. with producers Dave Hammer (Thundamentals) and ARIA-winning engineer and producer Eric J. Budowsky, who has worked with the likes of Flume, Chet Faker and Mansionair.
Over the last decade, Washington has forged a unique identity and embedded herself in the fabric of the Australian music scene. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of Australia’s most beloved singers revisiting the musical genre that kick-started her career.
Megan Washington’s visit to WAAPA is proudly supported by the Woss Family Foundation.
For all venue and performance details, please visit the Megan Washington performance web page.