"As I Am" released in 2007, is a mouthwatering, easy listening CD with delicious elements of pop, jazz and Wendy Alane Wright's succulent vocals!" Not since albumns from artists like Anita Baker or Michael McDonald has there been a CD like this that you can pop in and leave on, and enjoy song after song.
Wendy pours her heart into the title track “As I Am” a great pop/r&b tune written by Grammy nominee Allan Rich, best known for co-writing Whitney Houston's song “Run To You”, Natalie Cole's “I Live For Your Love” and James Ingram's “I Don't Have The Heart.”
The album is filled with love songs including “Maybe This Time” which features exquisite sax work by Nederlands jazz masters Rolf Delfos and bassist Rene van Verseveld. “That's my sexy song,” Wendy laughs, “the chord changes just gets me in the mood.” Maybe This Time is one of the first songs I ever wrote and I had just fallen deeply in love so my lyrics expressed my personal hope that this time it would be different and that the love would last - (Maybe This Time/It'll All Work Out/Maybe This Time/It'll Be For More Than Just One Night/Cuz I'm Ready For Good Love Baby.) Wendy says, “The idea that true love can exist... is so inspiring - By the way I married him!”
In addition to writing and singing, Wright also produced the project. All of her hard-earned time in studios, on the road working amongst great musicians and her gig as a music talent agent (representing Deniece Williams and The Four Tops) taught Wendy everything she needed to know in order to be an artist in her own right. “There aren't many women producing, editing and recording, and I enjoy of moment of the process. In fact, there is no place I would rather be than in the studio making music.”
“Meant To Be Together”, is a straight up jazz tune featuring extraordinary piano playing by Johan Rovenstruk, reminiscent of any song off of Anita Bakers “Compositions” album, one of Wendy's greatest influences. “After being born into the 70's roc k and 80's pop generations and missing the 20's and 30's jazz years,” Wendy says, “Anita Baker's “Composition” gave me a taste of what real music and instrumentation is like. I immediately fell in love with jazz and soon afterwards discovered Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others. My favorite experience today of music is an instrumental jazz album or smooth jazz played at an open-air jazz festival where I can get lost in the music.
“Lead Me Home” is a song that Transcends singing. Wendy Alane Wright's voice is so clear and her vocal delivery is breathtaking and lifts you into another place, lending even deeper resonance to the soul searching of the lyric.
“Just A Miracle” is an opportunity to hear Wendy sing with just a Piano - played beautifully by Steven Cahil, “who I had the pleasure of working with” says Wendy. The track was also penned by Steven Cahill (Touched By An Angel) and Carol Hall (Best Little Whorehouse In Texas) with lyrics - The Moment That I Met You/Amazing How I Knew/That You'd Become A Part Of Me/And I A Part Of You/Love is Life's Miracle/ And You Are Mine. The song is sotouchingly delivered, listeners have been known to burst into tears.
Wendy's album is a mixture of pop ballads and jazz with smooth, soulful vocals. There's even a hip hop beat tossed in for good measure on the track “I Love The Way You Love Me” and some alternative sounds including a memorable guitar riff on “Angel No Heaven Can Hold.” I refuse to be limited. I want to express my full potential, whatever that is. It has nothing to do with anyone else I just want to use the gifts I have been given to the fullest.
MORE ABOUT WENDY ALANE WRIGHT
Wendy Alane Wright is a New York born bi-racial singer whose collaboration with Dutch producer Rene van Verseveld and group Def La Desh resulted in several pop and club hits, notably her 1990 single Feel The Rhythm” which enjoyed rotation on VH1, BET and MTV. She enjoyed other solo hit singles “Unforgiven” in 1992, and 1994's (also titled) “Feel The Rhythm,” produced by DJ Juanito and remixed by Fernando Garibay. Wright co-wrote, co-produced and performed featured vocals on the Tatjana Simic pop hit “Feel Good which went Platinum in Scandinavia.”
Wright has so much energy on stage she has been compared to Mick Jagger. She is known for a range comparable to Mariah Carey’s. Her voice is soulful and crystal clear. Wendy is a sought after vocalist and has worked with many notables including; Candy Dulfer, Johnny Lang, Tony Scott, Wayne Brady, Jeff Trachta, Philip Michael Thomas, Billie Myers, Linda De Mol and blues legend Solomon Burke. Wright has been in numerous plays, four national Verizon commercials, and has displayed her acting chops in several movies and over 80 television shows including ER, Chicago Hope, 7th Heaven, Ally MacBeal, Family Matters, and Friends.