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Film and Television Actress Kerry Washington
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Born in New York City on January 31, 1977, actress Kerry Washington started performing during her school years. She earned a degree in performance studies from George Washington University. After making her film debut in 2000's Our Song, Washington starred in such films as Save the Last Dance and Bad Company. She earned wide acclaim for her work in Ray (2004) and The Last King of Scotland. In 2012, she began her run on the TV drama Scandal.

The daughter of a real estate broker and an education professor, actress Kerry Washington was born in New York City on January 31, 1977, and grew up in the South Bronx. She started out with ballet lessons as a young child, but her first career ambition involved a certain large mammal. "I wanted to work with Shamu at Sea World," Washington told Giant. "I thought that was the best job in the world, to care for and feed dancing whales."

Washington attended the Spence School in Manhattan, a prestigious private school. In addition to appearing in school productions, she was a member of a theater group that tackled social issues. Washington soon won a theater scholarship to George Washington University, where she earned a degree in performance studies.

While she made her film debut in Our Song in 2000, Washington had one of her first career breakthroughs the following year. She won over audiences with her role in Save the Last Dance (2001), starring Julia Stiles. Soon after the release of this popular teen drama, Washington moved on to comedy. She appeared in the humorous action film Bad Company (2004), starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins.

Washington's career really took flight in 2004; she took on several major movie roles that year, including Della Rae Robinson, the wife of blind singer and musician Ray Charles, in the biopic Ray. Washington received strong reviews for her performance, and her co-star, Jamie Foxx, won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Charles. That same year, she starred opposite Anthony Mackie in Spike Lee's dramatic comedy She Hate Me.

The versatile actress tried her hand at the comic book action genre with 2005's Fantastic Four, starring Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. The following year, Washington once again showed off her skills as a dramatic actress in The Last King of Scotland. She won raves for her nuanced turn as the wife of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin—played by Forrest Whitaker—in the film. Around this time, Washington also had a recurring role on the hit television series Boston Legal.

In 2007, Washington reteamed with Chris Rock for I Think I Love My Wife. She played a vixen who gets involved with a married man (Rock) in the film. The part gave Washington the opportunity to branch out from the many devoted wife roles she had tackled in the past. She went on to explore interracial relationships with Lakeview Terrace (2008), in which she plays an African-American woman married to a white man (Patrick Wilson). The couple is harassed by an African-American cop (Samuel L. Jackson) in this thriller.

With For Colored Girls (2010), Washington worked with an impressive ensemble of actresses, including Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton. The film, directed and written by Tyler Perry, was an adaptation of a play by Ntozake Shange. In 2012, Washington moved to the small screen to star on the dramatic political series Scandal. She plays a "fixer," a person who cleans up scandals and other messes for her clients, on the show.

That same year, Washington reunited with Ray co-star Jamie Foxx for Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained (2012). She plays Broomhilda von Shaft, a slave married to Foxx's character, Django. In the film, the pair is separated, and Django teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to find her.

Source: Biography.com


FEATURED ARTIST-JAZZ GUTARIST, KERRY WILKINS Tags: KERRY WILKIns featured artist word life production jazz gutarist

Kerry's first solo project "The Introduction" was long awaited and released in 2001. The cd received airplay from California to New York. CD purchases were made from the U.S., United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, The Netherlands, Africa and Japan.

A smile graces Kerry's face as he reminisces about his childhood in Houston, Texas where he was born and raised. He vividly recalls the sizzling summers of backyard barbeques and get-togethers with the sounds of Hendrix, Funkadelic and Santana. As a boy, he would imagine that it was he who was on those records performing those awesome guitar licks as the euphoria swelled within him. Kerry set out to make this dream a reality by enrolling in guitar lessons at the age of 12. Kerry's giftedness would enable him to join his first band at the age of 16. The following year his high school stage band recruited him where he expanded his knowledge of chart reading and jazz chording. Displaying his abounding versatility on lead and rhythm guitar, he would go on to showcase his talent in various local funk, r&b, pop/rock, and tejano bands.

Kerry began to feel a strong inner pull and taste for contemporary jazz peppered with a bit of funk. On his quest to find that special blend, he would spend evenings checking out Houston's jazz venues. He was so captivated by the jazz vibe that he began writing and performing original funk laced jazz compositions.

In 1989, Kerry would be re-introduced to a saxophonist extraordinaire named Kyle Turner. The two had been friends for years and had performed together on occasion. They reunited and formed a contemporary jazz band, Kyle Turner and Standing Room Only. The band played together for over ten years and opened for such artists as: The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Richard Elliot, Michael Franks, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Joe McBride, Acoustic Alchemy, Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson, Jr., Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Peabo Bryson, Natalie Cole, Roger Troutman & Zapp, The Bar-Kay's and many more.

Kerry has also electricified audiences on-stage with Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Bobby Lyle, Billy Paul, Ronnie Laws, Melba Moore, Howard Hewitt, Gerald Alston and many others.

Kerry is considered a musical genius by many of his peers and during recording sessions regularly "lays down" his solo and/or parts in one or two takes.

From his arsenal of diverse talents, his primary instrument is guitar. He also produces, writes, arranges and plays bass guitar, keyboards, and drums. He is also a host of a weekly jazz radio show in Austin, Texas.

Kerry's first solo project "The Introduction" was long awaited and released in 2001. The cd received airplay from California to New York. CD purchases were made from the U.S., United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, The Netherlands, Africa and Japan.

After the release of his solo project, Kerry went back into the studio as an independent producer, songwriter, and guitarist to perform work on seven independent recording projects.

This solo project is long awaited and is sure to take its place among the most discriminating CD collections. If it's Soft, Romantic, R&B, Latin and/or Contemporary Jazz you seek, you have come to the right place. Ladies and Gentlemen, we INTRODUCE to you, the smooth and dynamic sounds of Kerry Wilkins.

Webpage: http://www.mooreandmoorerecords.net




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