Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wendy Moten

Wendy Moten (born on November 22, 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee) was a pop\R&B singer from the 90's.

Her father, James Moten was the musical director at St. Stephen Baptist Church where Wendy sang gospel music in the church choir.

While Wendy attended the University of Memphis, she sang at local clubs when local musician, Kevin Paige recruited her as a background singer in his band when he became the opening act for Debbie Gibson's 1988 tour.

In 1991, Wendy met manager\producer Dick Williams and he convinced her to record a demo tape at Cotton Row Studios. After performing with Michael Bolton at a New York benefit, Wendy was signed to EMI\ERG Records.
In 1992, Wendy released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to chart on the Billboard 200 chart.
Wendy's highest chart appearance to date was the song "Come in Out of the Rain" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #67 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #38 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart.
Another single "Step By Step" didn't chart on the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Wendy also opened up for Michael Bolton on tour. Another song "So Close to Love" peaked at #35 on the UK Singles chart.

In 1994, she was featured on the "Beverly Hills, 90210: The College Years" soundtrack with the song, "Forever Yours."

During that same year, Wendy was featured on "The Pagemaster" movie soundtrack with the song, "Whatever You Imagine." She was on Regina Belle's 1995 album "Reachin' Back" on the song, "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love."
In 1995, Wendy released her second album "Time For Change" which was very successful in Japan and one of the singles "Change of Heart" peaked at #1. Another single "Your Love is All I Know" peaked at #2.
Also in 1995, Wendy released her third album "Christmas Time" which was released in Japan. It's unknown how well the album did in Japan.
In 1996, Wendy released her fourth album, "Life's What You Make It" which flopped. After that, nothing much was heard from Wendy until 2001 when she was featured on the Small Voices Calling single, "Feel the World Dancing."

Wendy has collaborated with artists such as Andrew Peterson, Larry Carlton, Selah, Brooks & Dunn, Alexander Zonjic, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Keizo Nakanishi, Kiyomi Suzuki, Michael McDonald, Peabo Bryson and Kirk Whalum.

For 12 years, Wendy has toured worldwide with Julio Iglesias as a featured vocalist. She performed at a sold-out showcase held at Japan's Budokan hosted by David Foster.

In 2006, Wendy sang backup vocals on the Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill & Tim McGraw.
In 2009, Wendy independently released her fifth album, "Tis the Season" which is available on Amazon.com and iTunes. She collaborated with pianist Clay Perry on the album.

To see Wendy's official website, go to:
http://www.wendymoten.com/

To see the music video for "Come in Out of the Rain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCcHZ2_p7MA

To see the music video for "Step By Step," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1HIrWDDcq4

To see the music video for "So Close to Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FioXYWHYOp4

To see a fan-made video for "Change of Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxXpcuM-Nx0

To see a fan-made video for "Your Love is All I Know," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4knq9CQIMU

As a bonus, here's a fan-made video for "Forever Yours" from the "Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years" soundtrack:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC6uFsmsfnA


[updated on 05\07\12]

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