Wendy is a jazz vocalist, vocal educator, and recording artist who has been delivering smart and arresting jazz to the mountains of Western NC and in the process has become one of the most popular artists in the region.
A classically trained vocalist with over 15 years of professional theatre experience as part of her background, she now consistently receives accolades for her energetic and entertaining renditions of swing, bop, post bop, and Great American Songbook standards.
Photos by Scott Treadway and Frank Zipperer
She recently finished her latest recording project with Steinway artist and composer Michael Jefry Stevens. Their new jazz CD entitled PERFECT DREAM will be released in the late spring/early summer of 2014 and features the compositions of Mr. Stevens.
Wendy currently teaches private voice at the Music Academy - Asheville where she developed, and currently directs, Asheville's first high school vocal jazz ensemble SOUL SASSINATION. She has been an active member of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SINGING, sponsoring finalists at both the state and regional levels. She is also on the faculty of New York Stage and Screen - a professional acting school for Theatre, Film, and Voiceover in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina - Asheville.
Lessons/coaching/audition prep via SKYPE are available anywhere in the world. Please visit the CONTACT page to inquire.
Wendy received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center, her favorite opera roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflote.
An accomplished Equity actor as well as singer, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stages of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Temple Theatre, and Blowing Rock Stage Company. She received glowing reviews for her portrayals of Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up and Brenda in Smokey Joe's Cafe...to name just a few.
She was also one of nine singers chosen after extensive auditions in North America, Europe, and Australia, to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review ENCORE!
From 1991 - 2008 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer on cruise ships and it was during this time the she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one-woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald). Each of the shows premiered in south Florida at the Winter Park Playhouse in 2009 and 2010, respectively. When asked if these singers are relevant today, Jones responds, "I believe they're all relevant today, as the ability to interpret a lyric never goes out of style. We are talking about the masters here."
Photo by Frank Zipperer
Wendy is a proud member of The Jazz Education Network, Actors' Equity Association, The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Llambda, and Alpha Psi Omega.