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Wendy Colonna is a singer-songwriter who will open the 2019 SEGD conference Experience Austin with music she has written especially for the SEGD community.
The Austin-American Statesman wrote, “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.” Since 2000, Wendy has released eight acclaimed studio albums, a live album and DVD. She’s produced several award-winning songs for advertisements, a yoga DVD for traveling professionals and musicians, and is co-owner of Austin’s beloved intimate private venue, “Tips Concerts.”
Originally from the gulf-coast of Louisiana, Wendy has called Central Texas home since 2000. Wendy’s songs echo swampy, southern tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. Her resonant, signature, grit-infused-honey voice can moves from a sweet whisper to a full-on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.
Wendy’s eighth studio album, No Moment But Now” was released in 2017. Tracks from “No Moment But Now” were simultaneously featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking Singer Songwriter playlist, as well as Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Wendy garnered critical acclaim from multiple outlets including the New York Times (describing her music as “ethereal”), received a 2016 Black Fret Major Grant and she was selected as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist.
In 2017, Wendy was invited to lend her uplifting songs to the Austin Women’s March where there were 60,000 in attendance. She was also invited to emcee and perform Austin’s Earth Day Festivities. Wendy has had the honor of sharing the stage with legends like Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Edgar Winter and more.
Since 2014, Wendy has been writing and producing custom songs advertising for clients like Coca-Cola, Southwest Louisiana Visitors Bureau. The Coca-Cola song, “A Happy Song” topped AdWeek upon its debut and “My Southwest Louisiana Home” took home several ADDY awards.