Tuesday, 30 April 2013


2013 looks set to be a very exciting year. It marks the beginning of a new era for Wendy Matthews the singer/songwriter with a new recording deal with Fanfare Records and her new album The Welcome Fire, (her first album of all original material in 12 years) which is due for an August 2013 release. This time Wendy has written or co-written every track on the album, a first for the talented artist. Other writers on the project include Josh Pyke, Megan Washington, Mark Sholtez, Rod McCormick, John Castle, Kim Richey, Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci.
The Welcome Fire is produced by Wendy Matthews and John Castle of Megan Washington, The Cat Empire, The Drones and Dan Parsons fame.
There are very few artists in Australia that can come close to Wendy Matthews and her stunning credentials; seven Arias, a massive 19 singles, seven top selling albums and most of all the love of her fans. Her career-defining album Lily sold over 500,000 albums and over 300,000 singles of her now signature song Day You Went Away when released in the mid 90’s.

On this exciting development, Dave Wilkins of Utopian Management said, “I was excited when Robert Rigby took a shine to The Welcome Fire. As a manager you look for partnerships and synergies. What better way to go than back to one of the true great partnerships in Australian record releases, when Wendy Matthews & Robert Rigby worked on Lily together.”

Wendy says of the signing, “I've had the luxury of taking a couple of years to write with some fantastic and diverse people for the first original album for me in 12 years, so I'm thrilled to have found a home with the Fanfare label. The last record was on my own little label and I learned much, but this feels like a true partnership and an exciting and new way of doing things.”

As an artist Wendy has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace.  In an age when grunge is thought to be hip and cynicism an attribute, Wendy has proven that commitment to beauty is still not only valid but applauded by the public ear. 
This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than 1 million homes in Australia – all her albums to date have multi-platinum status.
Wendy has an immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music.  She takes songs from every genre and makes them her own, from jazz to blues, from rock to gospel, from soul to outright infectious pop and then, of course, there are the beautiful ballads.
Wendy is adept at reaching both frenetic youth and mature audiences alike.  If older ears are captured by her soul and unfazed class, a more cynical youth is convinced by her disarming ease of delivery, wooed by a voice of stunning emotive capacity yet void of sentimentality.

Born in Montreal Canada, Wendy joined her first band and left home as a teenager, busking her way across the USA to Los Angeles where she met Glenn Shorrock who invited her to tour with him in Australia in 1982. 
Wendy immediately became an in-demand session singer, appearing on many commercial jingles and backing vocals for the likes of The Models Out of Mind Out of Sight and became a semi-permanent member of the band.  She also sang on albums by Jimmy Barnes, Tim Finn, Richard Clapton and Icehouse.
In 1987, Wendy collaborated with Kate Ceberano on the ABC-TV soundtrack for the series StringerYou’ve Always Got the Blues was released the next year reaching the Top 5 national charts.  She then contributed to the Rockmelons and Peter Blakeley’s respective albums.  She helped form Absent Friends and sang on the number one hit Don’t Wanna Be With Nobody But You and the album Here’s Looking Up Your Address.
After touring with Absent Friends, Wendy went into the studio to record her solo debut.  The album Émigré (Double Platinum) spawned the hits Token Angels, Lets Kiss and Woman’s Gotta Have It and earned Wendy the Best Female Artist and Best Debut Single (for Token Angels) at the 1990 ARIA Awards.  Wendy was also voted Best Female Singer in the 1990 Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll.
This was followed up by the Triple Platinum album Lily with the mega hit Day You Went Away plus If Only I Could and Friday’s Child. 
In 1992 Wendy picked up the ARIA for Best Female Artist and Best Single and again in 1993 Best Female Artist.  The Day You Went Away was the ‘highest selling single’ of 1993 and the ‘single of the year’.
Wendy then followed up with another two studio albums The Witness Tree and Ghosts including the hits Love Will Keep Me Alive, Standing StrongThen I Walked Away.  In 1999 to cap off an already outstanding career, Wendy released her first Best Of….Stepping Stones which not only included her former hits but also Nobody But You the massive hit from Absent Friends.
Not resting on her laurels, in 2001 Wendy released Beautiful View featuring the hauntingly beautiful title track and club favourite Like the Sun.
2004 saw the release of the mixed-up, chilled-out Café Naturale an eclectic suite of songs which immediately evoke a sense of familiarity. The Tropfest winning film Lamb by Emma Freeman features  the highly acclaimed video clip to the popular All I Need.

To support The Welcome Fire Wendy will embark on an extensive promotion tour followed by a national concert tour 2013/2014.