Orlando Watson

Cleveland, Ohio, native Orlando Watson has established himself as a preeminent lyricist whose soulful, baritone voice is known to weave through words with uncanny rhythmic delivery. In 2015 Watson was awarded the prestigious “KenteCloth” by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Ohio State University alongside acclaimed political commentator Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Watson's 2017 début EP (Everything’s Personal) peaked at #18 on iTunes R&B/Soul charts, which led him to open for Lalah Hathaway and Chantae Cann’s respective tours in 2018. His follow-up, full-length album(Corner Stories) was released in December 2021 and peaked at #14 on iTunes top 200 R&B/Soul charts upon its release on Watson's independent label "Well Said Records". 

Watson has recorded with Latin Grammy award winner Linda Briceño, John Clayton, Dominick Farinacci, Braxton Cook, Damien Sneed and Bobby Sparks II of Snarky Puppy to name a few. His knack for storytelling led him to co-write Terence Blanchard's “Our Voices: Democracy Revisited” suite, which was livestreamed on NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” hosted by acclaimed bassist Christian McBride. Watson was selected as one of the top eight national finalists to compete at the 2019 “Jazz in the Gardens” poetry slam in Miami, Florida. His poetry has been published in Linden Avenue Literary Journal as well as Five 2 One magazine and he currently serves as the associate director for the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland, Ohio.