Wendy is a professional vocalist and recording artist who has been delivering smart and arresting performances to the mountains of Western NC and in the process has become one of the most popular artists in the region. She consistently receives accolades for her energetic and distinctive performances of gypsy jazz and modern jazz.

As a performer, Wendy has appeared on stages from Chicago to Tokyo and performed with artists such as NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, Crystal Gale, and has sung backup for the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030.  In Spring of 2017, she appeared at the JAZZ ROOM in Charlotte, NC with the Page Brothers for a tribute to Django Reinhardt.

In addition to singing regularly with the  Page Brothers Gypsy Jazz Quartet, she performs with her own jazz quartet, and is the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Performing with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra in 2016 

 

 

Performing with NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold

 

BACKGROUND

Wendy received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal Performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center Opera, her favorite roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. In 1995 Wendy won first runner up in the NC NATSAA competition.

An accomplished Equity actor as well as singer, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stage of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Temple Theatre, and Blowing Rock Stage Company.  She received glowing reviews for her portrayals Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Brenda in Smokey Joe's Cafe, and Rosemary Clooney in A Dash of Rosemary.

Wendy has also appeared as a soloist with the The Symphony of the Mountains, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Asheville Choral Society, and the Carolina Concert Choir in works such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, John Corgliano's Fern Hill, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor.  

She was one of nine singers chosen after extensive auditions in North America, Europe, and Australia to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review Encore!

From 1991-2008 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer/dancer on cruise ships and it was during this time that she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald). Each of the shows premiered in south Florida at the Winter Park Playhouse in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

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(Wendy) "possesses a rich voice and that ineffable quality that allows certain performers to glow from within. She dazzled every time she was onstage." - Nancy Stetson, Naples Daily News - Naples, Florida

 

"Wendy is always pushing herself to expand her repertoire into more difficult material.  She's not afraid of a challenging piece of music and her pitch and vocal control are so precise, she's able to tackle difficult material and nail it." Bassist Zack Page - Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine

 

“The singer’s distinctive and sometimes-haunting voice proves to be very effective no matter what the mood of the piece. She gives sensitivity to each selection that she interprets and displays a complete understanding of the lyrics while swinging at every tempo.”

- Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist and Music Critic (Los Angeles, CA) 

Upcoming

Nov 4, 2017
Blues Boulevard
Spartanburg SC
Nov 19, 2017
Isis Music Hall
Asheville NC
Dec 29, 2017
White Horse Black Mountain
Black Mountain NC

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