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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!
“...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."
"She’s like a musician playing her instrument and she doesn’t need to sing loudly to impress you."
~The San Diego
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
ALTITUDE ITUNES E-BOOK - CLICK BELOW FOR THE FULL ALBUM ARTWORK / CREDITS & LINKS TO LISTEN/WATCH & DOWNLOAD
ALTITUDE - SONG DESCRIPTIONS
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
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
WORDS ESCAPE ME
HURT YOU A LITTLE
PRAY FOR RAIN
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
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
Girls, keep your boyfriends out of site.