Friday, December 21, 2012

Wanda & The Way It Is

Wanda & The Way It Is is an R&B band that originally consisted of Wanda (whose real name is Janet Laing), Lily White, Pam Fleming and Jenny Hill.

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.
During that same year, they released the single "We Got the Feeling" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.

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".
According to a comment I received back in 2013, the band was back in the studio, working on a new album and in 2014, they released the album "Epiphany" which is available on iTunes, and CD Baby.

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]


FearlessDreamer said...

Hey, Guess what? We are just now in the Studio making an album! - Like 26 years later!!! Janet (Verlaan) Laing just got us- the horn section back to record Aug 29, 2013!!!! Google for updates!

FearlessDreamer said...

Jenny Hill-sax/flute/clarinet
Lily White-sax
Pam Fleming-Trumpet/Flugelhorn