Vista Brewing Presents: “Driftwood Nights” w/ Wendy Colonna
The Austin-American Statesman wrote “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.”
Since 2000, Wendy has released eight acclaimed studio albums, a live album and DVD. She’s produced several award wining songs for advertisements, a yoga DVD for traveling professionals and musicians, and is co-owner of Austin’s beloved intimate private venue, “Tips Concerts.”
Originally from the gulf-coast of Louisiana, Wendy has called Central Texas home since 2000. Wendy’s songs echo swampy, soulful tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. Her resonant, signature, grit-infused-honey voice can moves from a sweet whisper to a full-on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.
Wendy’s eighth studio album, No Moment But Now” was released in 2017. Tracks from “No Moment But Now” were simultaneously featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking Singer Songwriter playlist, as well as Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Wendy garnered critical acclaim from multiple outlets including the New York Times (describing her music as “ethereal”), received a 2016 Black Fret Major Grant and she was selected as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist.
In 2018, Wendy was honored to work as music director and a featured performer at TedX BartonSpringsWomen. In 2017, Wendy was invited to lend her uplifting songs to to the Austin Women’s March where there were 60,000 in attendance. She was also invited to emcee and perform Austin’s Earth Day Festivities. Wendy has had the honor of sharing the stage with legends like Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Keb Mo and more.
Since 2014, Wendy has been writing and producing original, beautiful custom songs for advertisement. Most notably, Wendy’s Coca-Cola song, “A Happy Song” topped AdWeek upon its debut and SWLA Tourism’s “My Southwest Louisiana Home” took home several ADDY awards.
She currently spends most of her time raising three awesome youngsters, performing with her bandmates in the Austin area, coaching artists and small business owners, co-writing powerful anthems with leaders in nonprofit and corporate world. Twice a year, she tours across the US. Sometimes with her incredibly talented singing step-children in tow. They’re known to do really amazing a-capella tunes on the spot like this one by Hozier and this Louis Armstrong classic.