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“Had the pleasure of seeing Wendy Lands perform tonight; passionate and soulful - made you want two things - a good cry and great sex!”

~ Shari Hollett

BIO & PRESS

About Wendy Lands 

Singer-songwriter/recording artist Wendy Lands combines cool jazz, intimate theatre and sexy, freewheeling pop, to expertly craft original tunes that breathe smoky new air into the jazz genre. 

On stage, she has earned prominence and distinction as a spellbinding performer - whether she's playing to a crowd of 100 or 1000 - she's hell-bent on getting the collective juices of everyone in the room flowing, making her audience feel as though they are not just participating in, but contributing to something special, something bigger than any one ego. By the time a Wendy Lands concert is over, it is clear she has staked a memorable claim. 

Nominated for a Juno Award, 2 Canadian Radio Awards and The 2017 Cayle Chernin Award - Lands - with her penchant for rich harmonies, poetic lyrics, sophisticated textures and killer musicianship, has taken her jazz-kissed revelry to stages across Canada, Europe, and the USA. People who are fans of Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Nora Jones and Burt Bacharach will love discovering Lands. She has been signed as an artist and/or songwriter to PolyGram, EMI, Universal Music Group, Fontana North, Polish Radio and Warner Chappell Music Publishing. 

Recent highlights include being handpicked by director Guillermo del Toro to sing in the Oscar-nominated motion picture, The Shape Of Water. More exciting hand-pickings include legendary jazz singer/songwriter Marc Jordan, who chose Lands as his duet partner for (the title is under wraps) what will probably be the lead-off single from his soon to be released next album.  Lands also created and birthed a new live musical offering - entitled What the World Needs Now (Songs Of Love & Hope Through The Mad Men Era) - that snagged her a Cayle Chernin award nomination last spring and finally Lands and her drummer-husband, Jim Gillard jetted halfway across the world, where she performed at the esteemed Ladies International Jazz Festival - in Gdynia, Poland. Lands is looking forward to returning to European audiences during the summer of 2018!

 

 Press

 

“...At the height of her powers.”
~NEW CANADIAN MUSIC

"One of the most impressive Canadian recordings in years." ~BILLBOARD MAGAZINE 
 

“Sparkling...earnest voice and skill... musical storytelling”. ~THE TORONTO STAR
 

"Lands texturally saddles up to two Joneses; Norah and Rickie Lee.” ~VARIETY
 

“Naughty jazz goes down like a martini.” 4 out of 4 stars”
~LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL
 

"Smart, sophisticated, jazzy, refreshingly flesh and blood - intimate.”
~THE MONTREAL GAZETTE 
 

“Before you know it, you’ve bought a ticket on an emotional trip...”
~THE TORONTO STAR

 

"Lands clearly brings to mind Norah Jones, at other moments reminds us of Sade... bewitching…Wendy Lands may well become your next favourite singer."

~Voici Quebec

 

"She’s like a musician playing her instrument and she doesn’t need to sing loudly to impress you."

~The San Diego
 
Union Tribune


 

Videos

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PAST PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Hugh’s Room, Toronto 

The Oakville Jazz Festival 

The Home Smith Bar, Toronto 

The Jazz Bistro, Toronto 

Lula Lounge Toronto 

The Waterloo Uptown Jazz Festival, Waterloo 

The Markham Jazz Festival, Markham 

The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Fest, Orangeville 

The Jazz Room, Waterloo 

Yonge St. Celebration, Toronto 

Lee’s Palace, Toronto 

The Astrolabe Gallery, Ottawa 

Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts, Oakville 

The Conservatory Theatre @ The TELUS Centre, Toronto 

The Paint Box Bistro, Toronto 

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto 

Taste Of The Danforth, Toronto 

Taste Of The Kingsway, Toronto 

The Ottawa Civic Center, Ottawa 

The Rebecca Cohen Auditorium, Halifax 

Massey Hall, Toronto 

The Cameron House (6 month weekly residence), Toronto 

The Mint, Los Angeles 

Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

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ALTITUDE - SONG DESCRIPTIONS

STOMPIN'

The swingin’ anthem of the independent woman. 
She’s bored, he’s poor, she’s living, he’s existing. She really loved you baby - but now, she’s gotta go… 
She gets her hair done, steps into her Jimmy Choos, smooths out the creases in her red satin dress - not for a man - for herself.  
She’s her own dream-date. 
The screen door slams behind her, she throws her keys onto the front porch and doesn’t look back. There’s a whole new life to live – BUT FIRST – she’s stopping in at her favourite, sweaty, all-night-get-tight booze-can. 
Gonna go stompin’ and be-boppin’ all by her own damn self, thank you. 
She’ll sort out the rest of her life in the morning… 


HOLDING ON TO LETTING GO

The time goes so slowly
When you are the one left behind
To feel the staggering shock of how your body feels without the protection of it’s other half - Without the weight of nonchalant leanings, arm & arm walks, midnight staggers.
The breathing in and breathing out in rhythms known only to each other, is only a memory now…
The hardest part, is letting go.


COME BY ME

On a beach blanket, a transistor radio is tuned to the A.M. dial – slotted between a Bacharach tune and Brazil 66 – Come By Me is sunshine on Campari. A breezy come-on, pillow-talk for a summer’s night. Orange-crushing on possibility, adventure & romance, a curly telephone cord twists between slender fingers - nails painted Forget Me Not pink - It’s an intimate invitation - that can’t be revoked.


WORDS ESCAPE ME

Speechless in the church of love.


BOOM BOOM

The language of love is far more powerful then any other language on earth. All this bla, bla, bla, about which language is the better language… when really, the one thing we all have in common - is a beating heart.


HURT YOU A LITTLE

When someone loves you, you have to be very careful…


PRAY FOR RAIN

This song is drunk, someone should take away it’s car keys…
If Tom Waits were a woman, Pray For Rain would be her boozy beguine – her final finger wag. 
It’s an “if I had the upper hand, here’s how I would take you down” dream sequence.
Hell hath no fury…


WHO'S GONNA LOVE YOU

Recorded at midnight - exhaustion/frustration/sensuality and irreverence come together with a cocked head and a finger snap.  
Even the angels are moving on to someone more worthy.
Who’s gonna love you when you’re angels go?  
Don’t look at me…. 


THE SOUL OF SATURDAY NIGHT

Sounds like smoke, in the key of black and white. 
Girls, keep your boyfriends out of site.


ALTITUDE

To be anywhere but here, to be anyone but one’s self, to have lived any other life but this one, to have loved any other person but you… 
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