Wendy Colonna performs “Shine” at Bayou Concerts on Saturday, May 28, 2011
Award-winning songwriter and performer Wendy Colonna’s music is a savory gumbo of southern soul and poetic lyricism borne of her rich Gulf Coast heritage. Her voice ignites both memory and desire.
Among her recent accolades, Wendy was voted “Best Singer Songwriter” in Austin (Austin American-Statesman), received Grand Prize the Famecast International Talent Competition and has won multiple songwriting awards.
Acclaimed producer Papa Mali joined Wendy in producing her latest album, “We Are One.” Together they drew inspiration from the landscape and musical heritage of the American South. “We Are One” is a dynamic, contemporary listening experience and yet, timeless. These are songs of love, loss and transcendence stewed in swampy, soulful textures and rhythms.
*2010 NACA National Showcasing Artist
*Awarded First Prize (AAA/Alternative) of the 5th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards
* Winner of “Critics Pick” and “Fenom” on FAMECAST Competition
* “Best Singer Songwriter in Austin” -the Austin American-Statesman
* Featured on John Platt’s “On Your Radar” Series, (WFUV, NYC)
* Winner of multiple songwriting contests including Indiegirl, Int’l Acoustic Music Awards, 100% Music, Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest
*Wendy’s “Right Where I Belong” Featured in Central TX Time Warner Cable Advertising
* Selected “Best New Artist “by Jody Denberg (KGSR, Austin, TX)
“Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter. . . she’s a force of Nature” -Michael Corcran
“WE ARE ONE perfectly demonstrates Wendy Colonna’s unceasing maturity as both songwriter and vocalist. Papa Mali appears to be just the sort of producer capable of capturing her incredible range in both areas – an ability to emote everything from gentle sweetness to belting it out like a full-blown, scorching Soul Queen.”
– Cecil Doyle, KRVS, Lafayette LA
“Wendy Colonna was amazing! We found her flexible and easy to work with. She has a great energy and an amazing voice. Her song about Louisiana will get in your skin and stay with you a long time. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.” – Barry S. McKinney, Director of Student Activities