MP3 Wensday - Torch Rock
ALICE COOPER calls WENSDAY, "The OTHER girl next door." A sultry and sweet chanteuse one minute, a bold and edgy rocker the next, singer/songwriter Wensday brings a magical multiple personality to a debut album that pioneers an exciting new musical hybrid
13 MP3 Songs
BLUES: Rockin'' Blues, ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Wensday’s diverse musical backgrounds as a jazz and rock singer, combined with her blues and classical training make WENSDAY simply way too cool to peg. Multiple hit songwriter and legendary guitarist DICK WAGNER (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss, Aerosmith, Air Supply, Meatloaf, Burton Cummings, among many others), produced TORCH ROCK™ and wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks of the TORCH ROCK™ album. He assembled a brilliant group of musicians, including Fred Mandel (Elton John, Queen, Alice Cooper), Bobby Flores (Grammy winning arranger and Country instrumentalist of the year), Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen), Randy Reinhard (Barbara Mandell, Ray Price), Alex Cyrell (Sarah Vaughan, Tom Jones, Big Joe Turner) to record Wensday''s musical debut. WENSDAY''S powerful take on "Only Women Bleed" draws fresh and renewed attention to its enduring theme of empowering women to overcome the cycle of domestic abuse.
Since studying theatre at Oxford and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from NYU, she''s complemented her sophisticated jazz gigs with work as a body piercer in renowned tattoo parlors in Miami and Atlanta -- and also as teacher, director, playwright and Associate Director of All Children''s Theater in her hometown of Providence , Rhode Island .
So on one hand, Wensday is truly the girl next door. But as we listen to the explosive mix of power rock ballads and up-tempo songs on Torch Rock, it''s clear that, as rock legend Alice Cooper has so perfectly observed, she''s also "the OTHER girl next door!"
Wensday gravitated early to the "torchy" part of Torch Rock, developing an intense love of jazz, particularly the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, from her parents'' extensive record collection and her first voice teacher at age 13.
"After a long time trying to figure out what style I do best, I truly get to do it all on Torch Rock," says Wensday. "I think the album conveys that I''m a singer, first and foremost. Connecting emotionally with people is the most important thing to me."
A huge fan of Wensday''s from the moment he first heard her sing, Wagner produced, wrote, co-wrote and played guitar on all 13 tracks of Torch Rock.
"Wensday is a godsend. She has a voice that bridges the world of rock/blues with jazz and country. Wensday embodies a new genre of music that combines the new with the old, in which romance and hard edge combine to create a fresh and passionate new music that I call, ''Torch Rock.'' This is a voice that can rock your world and then soothe your wounds right after."
Speaking candidly about her powerful creative chemistry with Wagner, Wensday says, "It''s an honor to work with Dick, who is a legendary writer and musician, but I think of myself as something of an old soul, so it''s a good match. Most of the songs are about love, relationships and female empowerment, all issues that are meaningful to me. It''s never been about fame and money for me because those only follow when you do what you love. I just want people to like it and to understand where I am coming from. That''s what this great journey is all about."
"I loved the CD from beginning to end."
"This is an incredible CD. The woman''s voice is amazing. I loved the CD from beginning to end. Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears are no competition for this lady. She definitely put her heart and soul into this. She blends jazz and rock and roll and a bit of country and blues as well. I think she brings something new and fresh and exciting to the table and even Alice Cooper is thrilled by her. She does a kickass version of "Only Women Bleed". Check out the disc."
"piano-driven rock sound, gliding on pristine production by guitarist Dick Wagner (Cooper''s longtime collaborator) and a cream-of-the-crop crew of guest musicians"
PHOENIX NEW TIMES
Wensday - Torch Rock (Desert Dreams Records) By Niki D''Andrea June 14, 2007
Seductive jazz singer Wensday made her first Phoenix appearance at Alice Cooper''s 2006 "Christmas Pudding" concert, where she performed a soulful version of Cooper''s power ballad "Only Women Bleed." That track is included on Torch Rock, with ad-libbed lines like "Just kick that jackass out of town." The other 12 tracks have a similar piano-driven rock sound, gliding on pristine production by guitarist Dick Wagner (Cooper''s longtime collaborator) and a cream-of-the-crop crew of guest musicians ….. And while Wensday''s smoky mezzo-soprano would be at home in any dark cabaret, her lyricism and lovely looks separate her from other lounge lizards….. With solid songs, raven locks, red lips, and long lashes, the attractive chanteuse stands out — especially since she''s also adorned with numerous tattoos from her time as a professional body piercer, something that prompted Cooper to refer to her as "the other girl next door."
"what a stunning voice she has... Clear as a bell and full of emotion. Great."
"8.9 out of 10 Overflowing with vocal and instrumental parts that will have your mind spinning with excitement."
"Wensday has the needed vocal chops to pull it off, whether it be sweet and sultry or down and gritty vocals."
Indie Music Stop "Where Your Music Matters" Senior Staff Writer C.W. Ross
“On Torch Rock she manages to blend the "Torch" sound of the past with today''s "Rock" to create that unique result..... Wensday has the needed vocal chops to pull it off, whether it be sweet and sultry or down and gritty vocals. Lyrically the songs deal with issues related to relationships, love, and women empowering themselves. One song you''ll recognize is track five, "Only Women Bleed." Wensday does a nice job of reworking the classic Alice Cooper song and making it her own. My personal favorite songs…. go down the blues road. Both "Heartbreak Saloon" and "Bulldog Blues" are overflowing with vocal and instrumental parts that will have your mind spinning with excitement .… Legendary rock guitarist and producer Dick Wagner …. had a big part in this project. In addition to his guitar playing, Wagner also produced and wrote or co-wrote all 13 songs found on Torch Rock.
"Wensday has a voice that is pure, inviting and strong as hell." "medicine for your ears."
If you''re looking for something a little different that what''s on your regular playlist, you should investigate Torch Rock .... by Wensday. Mixing up the jazz, blues and rock with some vintage torch flavoring, you get a result that is as fun to listen to as it is medicine for your ears as showcased on excellent songs like ''Arizona Man''. Wensday has a voice that is pure, inviting and strong as hell. The record was co-written and produced by famed guitarist/songwriter Dick Wagner . Wagner is best known for his work with Alice Cooper but he has also written songs with/for Meatloaf, Aerosmith, Lou Reed and many more.
"She''s a sexy songstress that crosses genres more often than Beck."
The Late Greats in Guilty Pleasures for Humpday
“Wensday is a friend of Alice Cooper and Coop''s guitarist from the early days, Dick Wagner , (who) plays on and produces (Torch Rock.) W ensday calls her music "torch rock" because the songs are about or at least done in the style of "torch songs…”….. In tribute to her pal Wensday covers Cooper''s "Only Women Bleed;" Fred Mandel''s organ playing giving the song a bit of a funky edge. …. take matters into your own hands and check it out at: https://www.tradebit.com”
"Top of the Line! Top 10 Album of the Week "
John Shelton Ivany Top 21, May 31, 2007. TOP 10. https://www.tradebit.com
Stylized blend of jazz, blues and rock performed with enthusiasm and animation.
Wensday Top 5 Vocalist SingerUniverse Magazine
Best Vocalist of the Month: Top 5
Wensday " Arizona Man. " (torch rock). Performed by Wensday of Phoenix , AZ. Written by Dick Wagner & Wensday.