Wendy Waldman has always had a very diverse career in the music industry. She is a critically acclaimed recording artist, as well as a writer of multi-platinum songs for other singers in musical genres ranging from country to pop, film, jazz, children's music, and R&B, and is one of the first distinguished female record producers.
Wendy Waldman's first solo album, Love Has Got Me, came out on Warner Brothers in 1973 and was proclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine to be the "singer-songwriter debut of the year." She was then the youngest member of the Warner Brothers "brain trust" -- a group of artists signed to the label who were known for their innovative and critically acclaimed approaches to music -- which also included Maria Muldaur, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Captain Beefheart, and Van Dyke Parks.
Wendy's subsequent albums on Warner Bros. Records were all highly acclaimed as she developed a strong fan following, which remains active to today. She toured extensively throughout the U.S., headlining her own shows as well as opening many larger tours. She also began to expand into other aspects of music, experimenting with collaboration, different approaches to the craft, and ultimately to production.
Wendy moved to Nashville in the early eighties, a very exciting time in the evolution of country music and it was there that she honed her collaborative skills, writing numerous hit songs in country music and participating as well in studio work, touring with country artists, television, and record production. In all, there were some 70 Wendy Waldman songs recorded during those years, among them several BMI million-air award winners, and hit singles. The song "Fishin in the Dark," written with Jim Photoglo, was recorded by the Dirt Band and has become a multi million seller as a physical product as well as digitally.
With songwriters Phil Galdston and John Lind, Waldman wrote "Save the Best for Last," which was a number one record for Vanessa Williams on the pop, A/C, and R&B charts for numerous weeks in a row, garnering a Grammy nomination as well as ASCAP song of the year. The same team had a world-wide hit with Vanessa's follow up tune, "The Sweetest Days," and Aaron Neville's hit "I Owe You One." At the same time, Waldman also received the coveted Wrangler Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame for her song "Corn, Water and Wood," which was co-written with Carol Elliot and recorded by Michael Martin Murphey.
Waldman began producing for other artists in Nashville in the mid eighties. One of her earliest productions was the now-classic Suzy Bogguss album Somewhere Between, which won the Academy of Country Music's New Artist Award in 1989. Another Waldman production considered a "classic" is New Grass Revival's "Friday Night in America.” This group consisted of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, John Cowan, and Pat Flynn, all of whom have gone on to considerable acclaim. Some of the others who worked with Wendy are: John Cowan (New Grass Revival, Doobie Brothers); tracks for Karla Bonoff; Bryndle; The Refugees; mixes for Deborah Holland; The Forester Sisters; Matraca Berg; The Ozark Mountain Daredevils; Jonathan Edwards; Sweden's Elisabeth Andreasson; The Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Ronny Cox; the last album from acoustic guitar genius Artie Traum; and the brilliant Polish superstar Mietek Szczesniak.
Wendy Waldman has been a teacher, panel member, board member, host, benefactor, and now is herself a student as well, studying to broaden her musical skills. She is a member of the community gospel choral group Life Choir, founded and directed by the legendary HB Barnum. She has branched into composition, scoring several short films and writing for music libraries.
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