Wendy is a jazz vocalist, recording artist, songwriter and arranger who is often praised for her approachable and accessible presence...both onstage and off. She consistently receives accolades for her authentic and honest renditions of jazz standards as well as her ability to transport an audience with her musical storytelling. She is drawn to music that is beautiful, somewhat nostalgic, but also though-provoking.
As a professional vocalist, Wendy has appeared on stages from NYC to Chicago to Tokyo and has performed with artists such as NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, jazz violinist Christian Howes, Crystal Gale and has sung backup for the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030. She has appeared at Club Bonafide in NYC, the Jazz Arts Initiative in Charlotte, the The Mauldin Blues and Jazz Festival, Mountain Oasis Music Festival, the Spartanburg Jazz Festival, Our World Festival, and the Django Reinhardt Festival in Asheville, NC.
She recorded her own project (PERFECT DREAM) in 2014 and is working on a new solo project in 2023. She has also recorded with the Richard Shulman Group (TURNED IN TO LEMONADE and LIFE SEASONS), with Michael Jefry Stevens (MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS OCTET - LIVE AT STREAMSIDE) and sang on a track (LOVELY DAY) on Darmon Meader's 2023 release, LOSING MY MIND.
A musical dream came true in the summer of 2022 when she attended a New York Voices concert and got to fill in for Kim Nazarian whose plane had been delayed. "The New York Voices have been invaluable in helping me to grow as a jazz musician, songwriter, and improviser. Having the opportunity to sing with them was something I will never forget..it was so surreal and mind-blowingly wonderful!"
In addition to singing with her own jazz quartet, she is the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Ole ’74 big Band, the Russ Wilson Orchestra, the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, the Richard Shulman Group and is often a guest vocalist with the Greenville Jazz Collective big band.
“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)
(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