Elegant, seductive and smooth are as synonymous to the sounds of Penny Wells as they are to
the woman who sings them.
Penny Wells, born in Detroit, Michigan, discovered her classical voice at age 6 and quickly rose
from singing in youth choirs at her church to a musical talent to be reckoned with. She recalls
singing all of her life but credits her high school music teacher for encouraging her to pursue a
solo career--Penny has been singing professionally for 23 years.
Influenced by vibrant musical greats such as, Diane Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, CeCe Winans
and Jonathan Butler; her sultry and sophisticated sound embodies the vocal music styles of Jazz,
Classical, Spirituals and Gospel all cascading into the soothing hues of Penny Wells.
She has studied at Wayne State University, Department of Music and Performing Arts and the
Detroit Community Music School of Arts; also studying voice under the tutelage of France
Brockington and Ivan Griffin of Wayne State University.
Her opening act & performance credits include icons Pattie Austin and The Temptations; the
legendary Kirk Whalum and Maysa Leak; the hot artistry of Will Downing, Yolanda Johnson, Al
McKenzie, Marion Meadows and Kim Waters; and the creative talent of Tim Bowman, Dwele,
Euge Groove, Kem, Frank McComb, Najee and Vinx.
Of all her musical triumphs and accomplishments, she is most proud of having her first single
“Free to Walk Away” placed into rotation on Detroit’s Radio Station WGPR by Rosetta Hines.
Penny contributes this opportunity as one that launched her career as a recognized and
respected artist in the region. In a word music is her joy. Penny’s greatest joy however is that of
motherhood and her three fabulous children.
Reminiscent of her childhood aspiration of just another little girl standing in front of a mirror
singing using a hair brush as her microphone; today, Penny astutely focuses around learning the
art of balancing her roles of mother, daughter, singer, lover and friend. “Each role is important to
me in very meaningful ways. I am blessed to have so many passions in my life.” Penny’s future
aspirations of becoming a musical treasure to the industry with something unique to say is well
within reach. Always one to keep several irons in the fire, Penny pursues writing and completing
numerous works not only for her but for other artists.
Penny will be releasing her sophomore CD entitled Close to You—Penny Sings Burt. This CD is
made up of a collection of classic pop songs like Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head; Make it
Easy on Yourself, and Alfie. This long awaited CD will be a refreshing collaboration of good
music of the past, the soul stirring and spirited grooves of today and the smooth tones of Penny
Wells to elevate the tracks to the next level. Close to You—Penny Sings Burt is the elegant,
seductive and smooth sounds of Penny Wells for the grown, sexy and classy.
Awarded “Outstanding Gospel Christian Vocalist” for Detroit Music Awards 2007
1st album released “Shine” called “Soothing, honest and inspirational” by Metro Times 2004
Performing the National Anthem for the 2004 International Ryder Cup, Oakland Hills Country
Club in Birmingham, Michigan