• 1  /  4 "How to Tame Lions" (M. Washington) | Washington 2010
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  • 4  /  4 "Beautiful Trash" (L. Ferguson, M. Washington) | Lanu feat Washington 2011

Megan Washington

Platinum selling, ARIA & APRA award winning Megan Washington is a real musical artist, an artist in her own unique realm. 

Her music is hard to compartmentalize. It’s pure shining pop with vaudeville jazz, its burlesque rock, it’s cinematic country, it’s beautiful exquisite heartbroken blues, all delivered to you, the listener, with such a natural musical aplomb and love of melody and a bold, free spirit to her voice, that you simply you have no resistance to…. and she never, ever forgets, that music is entertainment. It is a gift from her to you.

Born and raised, in Port Moresby on the tiny Pacific Ocean Island of Papua New Guinea by culture loving and MGM musical listening parents, in childhood she sometimes day-dreamed of being the secret love child of Debbie Reynolds. Her reality was growing up amongst the beautiful traditional villages and communities of the culturally diverse island. Here she was able to freely explore the possibilities of creating her own very personal and unique culture. In her own style, not pressured by pre-existing stereotypes offered up by western influences of what is cool and not, what is in or not. This we feel set her compass true.

At age 13 her family moved to Brisbane Queensland, Australia. Brisbane, it is fair to say, was in a state of renewal after decades of corruption and political greed. Washington herself is a symbol of that sunburnt states rebirth because it was here that she discovered her gift. Her remarkable music. It’s through Washington’s music you feel her spirit wandering topographically over her own loves and life. She is open, her honesty is neither intense nor overloaded – somehow she launders grey, dull pain into fun. A true born alchemist!

After studying jazz voice for six years at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, in her early twenties Megan moved to the dark, moody and culturally rich plains of Melbourne, Victoria. Forming a band in 2009, she shimmied slightly left of her sweet jazz roots with an independent EP Clementine, and it was here the first early signs of her own take on Indie/Alternative/ Pop/Mainstream/Blues and show time jazz spectacular first appeared and began to blossom.

Clementine picked up the National Youth Network, triple j’s ‘Unearthed” competition. People started taking note of this sassy and fearless frontier-woman, Washington. The following EP, How to Tame Lions, was again greeted with healthy sales, fantastic reviews and a coveted ‘Vanda & Young’ Songwriting mantle for the title track, no mean feat given the 4000 song entries received from all around the world.

2010 was a stellar year for Washington, playing to packed houses in every Australian city, the appreciative audiences and media falling in lust with this coquettish mix of Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Manson and the Absinthe Fairy from Moulin Rouge, tantalizing us with her seductive visions put to music.

That particular vintage also yielded sweet fruit for Washington when her debut multi-platinum album ‘I Believe You Liar’ entered the Australian album charts at #3.

In October 2010 Megan was nominated for seven, and won two, ARIA Awards for “Best Female Artist” and “Breakthrough Australian Artist” and stole the show with a Bob Fosse inspired performance of her song Sunday Best on the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House, in a live national television broadcast. 

The following year, Megan was awarded the APRA Award for  "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year"  for her songwriting achievements for  "I Believe You Liar". With her album crammed with heavenly pop hits, and wordy, twisty, clever pop lyrics that have garnered her high praise from songwriters of the calibre of Paul Kelly and Tim Finn, this original troubadour is destined to have a long and illustrious career.

The release of the darker, more introspective ‘Insomnia’ EP perhaps hinted at a new direction for Washington, and her sold-out Sydney Opera House show, by the same name, book-ended an incredible 2 years. Most importantly however this phase would ignite a period of intense creative growth that would lead Megan Washington to this moment.

In 2013 Megan Washington arrived in London, ready to embrace a Northern European summer and a musical revolution. It also saw her reconnect in the studio with Australian record producer Samuel Dixon (Sia, Adele). The previous year had involved a brief flirtation with music television, as a mentor on the first season of The Voice, and film, as Megan starred in the cult feature The Boy Castaways.

‘Who Are You’ is the first new Megan Washington studio recording in more than two years. It is said that time is what prevents everything from happening at once. With Megan Washington this most surely is the case. And this most surely is her time. This fearless next step is a bold statement from this authentic artist and showcases the direct and intimate song writing that you can expect to hear from her future recordings. ‘Who Are You’ sounds like nothing to have come before it and will challenge your perceptions of just WHO Megan Washington is.

‘Who Are You’ is a direct and personal pop song… a seriously contemporary oeuvre that was captured on analogue tape in London’s famous RAK studios and Peter Gabriel’s New World. The result is world-class.

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