Recalling a few close encounters, the former Weather Girls member admitted to nearly coming face to face with the Queen of Soul.
“I’ve been close a couple of times, but I have never met her. Never,” Wash confessed to EUR’s Lee Bailey. “I have been to a couple of her shows and I know a few of her friends. The last time I think she was at the Apollo and she played. I was waiting to see her backstage and something happened…So I did not get a chance to meet her. I was close. [Laughs]”
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Near meetings aside, things couldn’t be better for Wash, who just released “Something Good,” her first album in 20 years. The offering, which includes a remake of Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” marks a new chapter for the Grammy-nominated dance music icon, who supplied the lead vocals to C&C Music Factory’s ‘90’s classic, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” Although relations with the group are good now, things were not so rosy when Wash saw C&C’s lone female member, Zelma Davis, lip-synching her part of the track in the accompanying music video.
Years later, Wash is still amazed at how the situation gained such exposure, considering the noticeable sound of her voice.
“To me, it was just kind of dumb because people who knew my voice knew that that was not the person that was actually singing that song. That was the thing and after awhile it kinda got nasty. I think that was the hurtful part,” she continued. “And I’m saying to myself ‘You can’t let people get away with you doing the job but other people trying to take the credit for it.’ That was the hurtful thing. So I had to make a stand and get legal people involved. And in the end, it all worked out because I wound up singing with them again.”
Wash’s C&C ordeal highlights an issue facing many singers who fit outside the “marketable” image used to promote artists. Overall, it’s safe to say that Wash hasn’t lost any sleep over her size. To hear her tell it, no one has ever pressured her to lose weight.
“I would just say I don’t let it bother me because I would just say ‘Kiss it. I’m gonna do what I’m gonna to do.’ Either you like me or you don’t. You like the music or you don’t. You like the visuals or you don’t, but I’m gonna keep doing what I’ve been doing all these many, many years,” the vocalist expressed, adding that her motivation for shedding the pounds would be more personal than business-related. “I would do it for me, for health reasons. But to try and fit into a mold that the powers that be think that I need to be in or think that I would look better in, no. Never.”
Look for Wash to hit the road soon in support of “Something Good.” With a willingness to broaden her musical boundaries with her latest album, the songstress is also giving notice of her desire to do more shows with her live band.
“I want to get out and do more live shows. With the band. With the singers. Some people don’t even know that I have a band and the whole thing. I’ve always had the band,” said Wash, who dreams of one day hitting the studio with Franklin.
“I would love to work with Aretha Franklin. She is someone who I have admired since I was a young kid,” Wash said. “I have been a big admirer of her for many, many, many years and I would love to work with her.”
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