musical career of Glenroy Washington, singer, songwriter and
drummer, personifies the cliché; ”The race is not for the swift,
but for those who can endure.” The triumph of Glen Washington’s
endurance has been 25 years in the making.
Like most successful artists, Washington evolved from humble
beginnings. Born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica he is
currently one of the most in demand artist in reggae music; this
has come after many years of recording and waiting in the wings.
In 1997, he released his debut album ‘Brother To Brother’ and, to
date, has released 10 albums. Fans and critics alike say there is
not one bad song in his catalog.
Washington began his musical career in the early seventies as the
lead singer for the group “Names And Faces.” He later became the
lead singer in a band called “35 Incorporated” and learned to play
the drums under the guidance of, then drummer, Joseph Hill. When
Hill left the band, Washington filled the slot, and became a
There are positive lessons of encouragement and motivation to
learn from Washington’s experiences. His musical career is
reminiscent of Boris Gardener, singer, bass player and bandleader
who after 25 years in the music industry recorded the golden “I
Wanna Wake Up With You.” In the same vein, it was thirty years
after recording the classic “Black Magic Woman” that Santana went
on to sweep the 2000 Grammy awards for the gigantic hit “Maria
Similarly, Washington made his first hit record “Rockers Not
Crackers” in 1978 for the Joe Gibbs Record label; but he did not
grace the charts again until the release of the hit “Kindness For
Weakness” in 1998.
Most music industry insiders would say that after 20 years in the
business, it’s unlikely that an artist would release his biggest
hit, but it has been proven again and again how speculative this
Over the years, Washington has recorded sporadically as a solo
singer and extensively as a studio drummer and, has laid tracks
for various artists. Simultaneously, Washington was a full-time
drummer (sometimes singer) in several different bands, such as:
The Avengers, The Titans, and Happiness Unlimited. With Happiness
Unlimited he migrated to the USA to work with Stevie Wonder. The
other Bands he played with are Calabash and Bands that backed
Artists such as Leroy Sibbles, Shinehead, Junior Reid, Gregory
Isaacs, Sister Carol and the Meditations.
After a short hiatus from performing; in 1997, Washington once
again pursued his solo singing career by doing some recording
sessions for Studio One’s, famed Producer - Clement Dodd. It was
dejavu all over again with the release of Washington’s awesome
debut album “Brother to Brother”.
It seems the Studio One sound was launching another Artist career.
However, it was a year later while recording for Producers Lloyd
Campbell & Jason Sterling, that Washington hit with the classic
album “Next To You.” It was marketed by VP Records and featured
the hit song “Kindness for Weakness”, all tracks on this album are
considered single material.
From the resurgence of Glen Washington’s singing career, his
smooth, raspy, bass voice has often been likened to that of Beres
Hammond. Washington says, “Beres is one of my favorite
entertainers, so I regard it as a compliment to be compared with
him.” With the release of over forty singles and eleven albums in
four years, Washington has established himself as not only a
singer but, also as a gifted songwriter who penned his own songs.
Other albums released by Washington are “Can’t You See” produced
by Jah Life Records; “Think About It” for Philip Smart; “Number
One Girl” produced by Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling, “Solitary
Red Rose” for Ruff Stuff; “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” for Don
One; “Wondering Stranger” for Coxone Dodd, “ Reggae Max” for Jet
Star, “Free Up The Vibes” for Stingray and "Your Love" Lloyd
Campbell & Jason Sterling.
Washington said, “As a drummer backing other artists, I have
toured the world, playing in countries like Japan, North, South
and Central America, all over Europe and all the Caribbean
Islands. Now I am repeating those trips as the featured artist,
and it’s a great feeling to see thousands of fans coming out for