Austin-based Wendy Colonna’s new release, “Nectar,” invites us to taste the sweetness of life in stories of surrender, mortality and redemption. With her swamp-Americana style, grit, grace and a sense of humor, she shares her journey of a return to innocence.
The album came together after Colonna’s recovery from an eight-month illness, at a point when she was almost ready to give up her music career. The record bares these scars, showing the grace and surrender that went into Colonna surviving and succeeding.
With soulful, southern storytelling, the songs on “Nectar” showcase Colonna’s vocal range and abilities with a natural simplicity and authenticity.
With Wendy’s distinct “smoky, alluring voice” (Austin Chronicle), Nectar has been receiving praise since its release late last year. Colonna will take her “swamp/soul conviction” (San Antonio Express-News) on the road this spring, as part of a U.S. tour that includes an official showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW). Colonna has become a staple in her adopted hometown of Austin, and Nectar found its way onto year–end “Best Of” lists at the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle.
Colonna grew up in a Southwest Louisiana working class home of Italian and Cajun ancestry and has been performing since 1997. She has released five critically acclaimed studio albums and a live album and DVD recorded in the legendary Antone’s in Austin, Texas – her home since 2000.
Since early accolades, such as being named the “Best Singer Songwriter in Austin” by the Austin American-Statesman and called “Best New Artist” by Jody Denberg (formerly KGSR, now KUTX), Wendy has toured nationally and internationally. She’s the winner of multiple songwriting contests including Indiegirl, Int’l Acoustic Music Awards, 100% Music, Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, Independent Music Songwriting Contest, and International Acoustic Music Award, and the grand prize winner in Famecast Talent Competition. She has been a National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) National Showcasing Artist. Additionally Colonna’s music has been featured in Central Texas Time Warner Cable ads and on John Platt’s “On Your radar” series on WFUV, NYC. The City of Austin honored Wendy by proclaiming April 26, 2012 “Wendy Colonna Day.”
On top of keeping a busy schedule, touring the U.S. and internationally, Wendy is also an avid yoga practitioner, athlete and community leader.
Touring the US and internationally as both headliner and support act for great artists like Jeff Buckley, Tony Joe White, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Schneider, Collective Soul, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Edgar Winter, Delbert McClinton & more.