Wendy Lands

JUNO nominated and double Canadian Radio Award nominated singer-songwriter Wendy Lands’ newest release Mumble, aches with a vulnerable intimacy – a jazzy undertow that sets her far apart from the pack both as a singer and a songwriter.

In the late 1990s Wendy Lands released Angels & Ordinary Men, a moody and personal collection of beautifully crafted original songs that won her a record deal with EMI Music Canada and a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music L.A. along with award nominations, rave reviews and a great deal of radio airplay, culminating in hitting the #1 spot on Toronto’s 99.9 FM.

Following the success of Angels & Ordinary Men, Wendy moved to L.A. and was chosen to record the companion CD to the Oscar winning film, The PianistWendy Lands Sings The Music of The Pianist was released in 2002 by Hippo/Universal USA and praised by Variety, USA Today, The Record and more.  The organic and jazz influenced tone of that project inspired Wendy to create the songs that would eventually become her newest release, Mumble.

Lands co-produced the 11 original songs on Mumble with Larry John McNally (Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Don Henley) Emmy winner Don Breithaupt, JUNO winner Greg Kavanagh and life-long collaborator – Jim Gillard. Each of them is heard in every breath, note, blast and refrain that is Mumble.

As a songwriter, Wendy Lands has collaborated with the likes of Paul Williams and Melissa Manchester and as a singer, she’s been fortunate enough to study jazz improvisation with the great Sheila Jordan – who was one of Lands’ first supporters – letting Wendy know that she had a great belief in her talent long before anyone else.

In concert, Wendy Lands performs her critically acclaimed, gem-like songs with a smouldering intensity.  Backed by a brilliant quartet that hangs on every intimate nuance of her sparsely yet soulfully arranged compositions, she is, in a word – mesmerizing.

Wendy Lands’s new disc, Mumble, will appeal to fans of Norah Jones, Emilie-Claire Barlow and other varieties of smart, sophisticated, slightly jazzy urban pop. On the album, Lands sings her original material in a refreshingly flesh-and blood, intimate voice, with understated and empathetic backing. Sounds just about perfect for a live setting.

Montreal Gazette

“Expressive vocals and clear-headed songcraft… This slickly produced set of 11 new creations sounds tailor- made for an intimate venue. My favourite track is Slow Dance Hotel, sparkling with fun echoes of early ’70s Burt Bacharach-type pop and nicely realized textures and colours from the boys in the band…she wins with her earnest voice and the skill of her musical storytelling. Dim the lights and enjoy.”

John Terauds – The Toronto Star


Don Breithaupt – piano, keyboards, background vocals

Peter Telford – upright bass

Jim Gillard – percussion, drums, background vocals

Peter Mueller – guitar, background vocals

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