A careful loving singer songwriter and finger style guitarist, Wendy's music takes a back seat to no one. Her guitar style is a combo of folk, blues and ragtime. Her voice has been likened to Janis Ian. Her songs are spiritually rich and full of hope. She is an excellent addition to the concert or festival stage, Christian college campus, coffeehouse, or house concert.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 40 - 130 minutes
What to Expect
Wendy's music has been described like this:
By Nashville Songwriter Association International:
"Man, you're just killin' me. Your voice absolutely knocks me plum out. And, I really truly love the way you wear your Christianity... If I owned a record company, I'd offer you a deal in a heartbeat. No one is doing anything like what you're doing as far as I know."
By her church Pastor:
"I continue to be blessed by the Christ-centered compassion, truth and clarity in her music. While her vocal quality and finger-picking mastery is a rare combination, it’s the musical and lyrical quality of her songs that will sweep you away. All her work is lovingly crafted to strengthen the weak, comfort the hurting and encourage all – whether believer or nonbeliever."
By a fellow musician and music store owner:
"Wendy is one of very few top flight singers and guitarists. Not just another folksinger, Wendy's voice is a rare treat in any style of music and her guitar work takes a back seat to no one. Her CD, "Beyond This Place" is a sample of this lady's depth and talent."
Wendy's voice has been likened to Janis Ian and her guitar playing to James Taylor. Her music is best suited for a quieter audience. She can also play instrumental background music for cocktail parties, weddings, or funerals.
Wendy has a musical style of her own. Before radio or the top-forty influenced any subconscious creative style, she learned to play guitar at age seven and started writing songs at age nine. You will hear folk roots in her music but with hints of celtic, blues, and ragtime as well. She admits she doesn't write many love songs, but she writes songs you can fall in love with. In her late teens, Wendy was a galley hand on a sailing schooner off the coast of Maine for several years. She sang for the passengers and was greatly influenced by the Irish celtic style of music in that area. After that she opened her own folk music shop in Camden, Maine where she learned ragtime and blues music. Later on, Wendy played bass and sang harmony for a bluegrass gospel band, she learned about telling her story to the audience. Because of her love for the outdoors much of her music is woven around themes in nature paralleled with her own life experiences. She has an interesting life story that seems to hit a familiar spot with most of her audience. At age twenty four, when Wendy turned her life over to Jesus, her music evolved with it. Themes that were once about searching for answers became themes about finding those answers in her new found faith. This isn't simplistic stuff - the words go deep to challenge believers and non-believers alike. She sings in churches, prisons, rehabs, coffeehouses, weddings, retreats, concerts, college campuses and festivals... Wherever there is someone to listen. Wendy also enjoys teaching guitar, leading worship, counseling, and giving Bible studies for women. You will find Wendy playing guitar and singing in the northeast from Delaware to Maine. She currently resides in Bucks County, PA with her husband, and they have a grown daughter who resides with her husband in the Poconos.
Mostly original music, but some covers:
People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield), Make you Feel My Love (Bob Dylan), Time After Time (Cindy Lauper), Broken Things (Julie Miller), The Garden Song (Dave Mallett), Halley Came to Jackson (Mary Chapin Carpenter), Up to the Mountain (Patty Griffin), Man Gave Names to All the Animals (Bob Dylan), Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob Dylan), Down in the Hole (Tom Waits), All My Tears (Julie Miller), Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchel), By Your Side (Tenth Ave. North), Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller), Frog Kissing (Chet Atkins) ...
Influences & Inspiration
Singers: Janis Ian, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Rondstadt, Eva Cassidy, Emmy Lou Harris, Judy Collins
Guitarists: James Taylor, John Renbourn, Eva Cassidy, Paul Simon, Richard Saslow, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Gordon Bok
Songwriting: Fred Bell (Wendy's father), Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Richard Saslow, Gordon Bok
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