In addition to her own solo career as a recording artist, Memphis-born vocalist, Wendy Moten, has earned a vast collection of professional credits in Contemporary, R&B, Jazz, Rock, and Country genres. She has supported worldwide tours of some of the most important entertainers of our time and has performed on numerous Grammy Award winning and nominated albums.
Wendy Moten first launched her career as an international recording artist with her self-titled debut album on EMI Records Worldwide in 1992. The album produced two Billboard charting singles. The touching ballad, “Come In Out of The Rain,” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, also making appearances on the Hot 100, Rhythmic Top 40, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. The song was also a #8 hit on the UK Singles Chart. An up-tempo dance hit, “Step by Step” also placed on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
Wendy was chosen as the opening act for Michael Bolton during his North American stadium tours and conquered the hearts of the fans worldwide. As an EMI Artist, she won the hearts of her Japanese fans when she performed at a sold-out concert held at the famed Budokan, hosted by Grammy-Winning producer David Foster.
Wendy recorded the Grammy-Nominated single, “Whatever You Imagine,” for the animated film, “The Pagemaster,” starring Macaulay Culkin. She has also had tracks on several other movie soundtracks, including ““Mr. Wonderful” starring Annabella Sciorra and Matt Dillon.
During Wendy’s sophomore year at the label, she released “Time For Change” with productions by David Foster and a few by Michael Powell. Internationally, she scored two smash hits with “Change Of Heart” garnering the #1 slot, and “Your Love Is All I Know”, which reached #2 in the Japanese market. She also had a holiday release on Toshiba-EMI entitled “Christmas Time.” It placed high on the charts competing with Mariah Carey and The Eagles.
“Life’s What You Make It,” Moten’s third album release on EMI Records and IRS Records (Miles Copeland), really showcased her versatility as an artist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter. Through this project, she was able to break out of the stereotypical pop diva role that some may have tried to pigeon-hole her in the early stages of her career. In the US market, the album received little promotional support from the label and didn’t gain a lot of footing. However, Wendy’s Japanese audience once again rewarded her efforts on the title track with a #1 hit.
Wendy then received a request that was too good to turn down when Julio Iglesias invited her to tour with him as a featured vocalist. She travelled the world with him for fifteen years and they made a recording of the popular duet, “Just Walk Away.”
Among her many prominent accomplishments is her stunning lead vocal on the Stevie Wonder mega-hit, “All I Do,” which appears on saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s Grammy-Winning album, “For You.” She was featured on guitarist Larry Carlton’s “I Still Believe” and has also recorded duets with Michael McDonald (No Love To Be Found), and Peabo Bryson (My Gift Is You). Wendy was again featured on two tracks of Buddy Guy’s 2009 Grammy-Nominated album, “Skin Deep.”
Over the years, Wendy’s versatility and strong work ethic have earned her a reputation as a power-house vocalist and a chameleon of sorts who can sing in just about any style and genre you can imagine. Wendy’s talents also go beyond her singing abilities, into vocal arrangements, musical arrangements, and even songwriting. In addition to her many appearances as a featured vocalist on recordings, this professional reputation has garnered a long list of recording credits reaching across genre lines with artists such as Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Al Jarreau, Joss Stone, John Mayall, Kenny Rogers, Jeffrey Osborne, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Alice Cooper, Mindy McCready, Marcia Ball, Joe Louis Walker, Bonnie Tyler, Todd Snider, and many others.
Her most recent solo release was a collaboration with Clay Perry, an American jazz, pop, and Latin pianist best known for his arrangements heard behind numerous recording artists. Their CD, “Tis The Season” features sometimes haunting renditions of traditional classics and is currently available on iTunes and at wendymoten.com.
Not surprisingly, 2013 has found her as busy as ever. She was chosen as part of an all-star lineup on Microsoft co-founder and guitarist, Paul Allen’s debut album, sharing lead vocal duties with Michael Webb on the tracks “Inside Out” and “Restless.” Other sessions this year have included work with John Oates, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Tyler, Martina McBride, producer Don Was, and the year isn’t over yet. Wendy also had a great time this summer sharing backing vocal duties with Bekka Bramlett at Bonnaroo’s Rock ‘N’ Soul Dance Party Superjam, rocking out with an all-star lineup including John Oates, Jim James, Larry Graham, Billy Idol, R. Kelly, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to name just a few. She found time to do all of this and more, while working on a jazz standard recording of the songs of composer Richard Whiting, and her own Memphis Soul project, both pending 2014 releases. She’ll be performing with Faith Hill & Tim McGraw in their Las Vegas Soul2Soul shows this fall, and will be performing as featured solo vocalist with her hometown Memphis Philharmonic in December.
For more information and to see what Wendy’s up to next, please visit wendymoten.com.