Martha Wash: It's Raining Weight Loss

If you have ever partied at a nightclub or a wedding, chances are you've let your hair down when the hit songs “It’s Raining Men” and “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” were played. Now meet Martha Wash, the powerhouse voice behind those awesome tunes that get your feet dancing and your hips shaking. In the edited version of our interview with her, you'll learn why the she says the music industry was unfair to her.

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More: You kept it all off?
MW: I gained about 30 back. It is an everyday struggle. When you are traveling a lot like I do for work, it is hard to maintain a diet regimen because of the hours, which are usually late. I might not finish until one or two in the morning, and the only thing open at that time are fast food places—room service at your hotel is closed.

More: I get it.
MW: Once you start eating that stuff it becomes hard to stick to a diet. The worst part is, then you go to sleep since you have to be up early.

More: Getting back to the size 0 image. When you look at the popular artists of today, do you feel the music industry is now embracing women with curves.
MW: I would like to think so, because women do have curves. Women come in all shapes and sizes and we need to be celebrated.

More: Do you ever wish you could press rewind and enter the industry now that size doesn’t matter as much?
MW: No, not at all, because I think I might not be able to get into the business now. While it has come a ways in terms of appearance, in terms of the music I am going to say, no. It seems like there is no loyalty anymore. I have seen record companies drop artists who have been with their label for years.

More: You are also the spokesperson for QSAC—Quality Services for the Autism Community.
MW: They are a nonprofit organization providing comprehensive services to individuals with autism and their families in the New York City and Long Island area. I met some folks from that organization when they were having a talent show and they asked me to be a judge. What I learned through my journey was that autistic children grow up to be autistic adults, and my thinking was, you don’t hear that side of autism being talked about. I want to help spread the word.

More: Why get involved? Was it personal?
MW: No. I don’t have an autistic person in my family, nor do I know anyone who has an autistic child. When I saw how QSAC helps get people jobs and helps them be a real part of the community, I knew I wanted to stand behind it and help make a difference.

More: You also work with the Huntington Arts Council?
MW: Yes. I am a presenter at the Long Island International Film Expo.

More: What about your dynamic voice? Are you back in the studio?
MW: One solo CD, Martha Wash, was released in 1993 and the second solo CD, called The Collection, was released in 1997.

More: And now?
MW: I just released a new single called “I’ve Got You.” It is a great ballad about lifting people up and knowing other people may be going through what you are going through. You can also watch the video on YouTube.

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First Published July 19, 2011

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