The band's name is a reference to the character Wanda von Dunajew from Sacher Masoch's novel "Venus in Furs". The name was thought up by Stanley Crouch (who was a writer for the Village Voice) after he heard a song Janet recorded called "Go Get Him".
In 1980, Janet moved to New York City from Berkeley, California to pursue a singing career and was part of a band called the Funktionaries. After getting kicked out of the band, she started her own band.
Wanda & The Way It Is formed in 1984 and their first gig was opening up for singer Martha Reeves. After performing all over in Manhattan, they signed to 4th & Broadway Records in 1987.
After that, the A&R guy for Wanda & the Way It Is passed away and Janet struggled with an alcohol addiction which she beat years later. She later began writing stories under the pseudonym "Wanda von Dunagoy".
The current line-up for the band consists of Wanda, Dionne McClain-Freeney, Sherryl Marshall, Deborah Berg, Bernice Brooks, Pam Fleming, Jenny Hill, Lily White, Sean Dixon and Mark Unthank.
To see the band's official website, go to:
[Updated on 04\06\2016]