Bio: Deep within flows the blood to be a musical great of his time; he is none other than self-proclaimed Lawrence ‘Detroit Bassman’ Washington. Born in the ‘Motor City’ Detroit, Michigan, home of the musical powerhouse Motown Records, from a very young age ‘Bassman’ was surrounded by soulful music which helped him develop the natural metronome within; allowing him the ability to create really good music. He is also a graduate of Mumford High School also known for graduating some of music’s finest. Though his musical influences expand outside of his soul-filled demographics, artists such as Marcus Miller, Robert Wilson, Larry Graham and James Jameson to name a few has adorned Washington’s skills to be a leader of his generation on the bass.
Since a young aspiring musician Washington would sit on his father’s lap thus inheriting his talents through the genuine love of music and of course the fundamental fingering of the bass. Young Lawrence Washington is a natural born left hand individual but learned to play the bass right handedly. He inherited his first bass guitar at the tender age of 13.
Bassman’s diversity has led him to perform and share the stage with a variety of artists such as Fantasia, Snoop Dogg, Teddy Riley, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, India Arie, Jamie Foxx, Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard, Teedra Moses and Ray Chew just to name a few. Over the past 16 years Bassman has traveled to over 39 states and 11 countries. His audience ranges from London 02 Arena, the Tom Joyner Cruise, The Bet Awards, Essence Music Festival, The Macy’s Music Festival, Jimmy Kimmel, TV One and The Wendy Williams Show. McDonald’s Mocha Frappe commercial also highlights his musical talents. Currently, Bassman is on tour with the legendary Charlie Wilson, lead singer of the Gap Band.
“The stage is my home, it is where I belong.” ‘Bassman’ Washington proclaims. If you’ve never experienced the live performance of Washington you are missing a dynamic show. He brings high energy to the stage that infuses the band to ignite a powerful sound from talented musicians which is needed to produce a great show.
“I have a passion to make music feel, look and sound good.” – Lawrence ‘Bassman’ Washington.