Dedication and persistence characterized J. Brian Washman’s first solo
performance when, at the delicate age of
he sang "Praise Him, Praise Him" before a rapt audience of family and
friends in front of a pulpit in a San Joaquin Valley, California church.
Reaching the end of the last verse did not signify the end of a song for
young J. Brian. He started right back at the first line of the first
verse, singing straight through, ‘round back again, and again . . . he
just couldn’t stop singing. And he’s felt that way since.
From his meager beginnings of childhood performances for friends and family, to his
recent appearances in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, J. Brian Washman continues a long family
musical heritage in high style. As a recording artist and member of the National Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences, hes crooned for countless AIDS benefits and
fund-raisers in the Bay Area and throughout the country and was
featured performer at the Western Days weekend at Guerneville on the Russian River.
The Imperial Court of San Francisco honored him with the title "The Count of
Country Music" in 1997 and in 98 with the title "Official Court
Singer" for his countless performances for charity. The Bay Area Reporter listed him as "one of San Franciscos finest
performers" for his spectacular talents in "The Songs of the Season"
charity Christmas show in 1997.
J. Brians solo collection of country rock and ballads titled "Not
Too Much To Ask" , to benefit charities,
is now available. His studio back-up vocals can be heard on the recordings of artists such as Rebekah Del
In addition to singing, J. Brian appeared in the lead role of Joey in the world
premiere workshop production of "Temporarily Yours," a play by Tom W. Kelly, at the Diego
Rivera Theater in San Francisco, where his voracious vocal abilities lent intense
authenticity to a tragicomic role.
He has opened for, or performed with, such
major acts as Rebekah Del Rio, Shelly West, Sharon McKnight and
J. Brians charismatic voice can "melt the toughest crowd into a pool of
tears," says writer D.J. Gaskin. Hes been called "The Cowboy
"A Crooner With Soul", and of course "The Count of Country Music." But
by whatever name, the outcomes the same: J. Brian Washman, with his unique blend of
power and grace of voice is a passionately soulful and sensitive vocal performer.
"The gap between country music and other genres has narrowed in
recent years and I love to bring some of the flavor of Rock and Roll, Pop and R&B into
my music. Its a whole new era for popular music." J. Brian Washman