Wendy Burch Steel

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From Bluegrass Breakdown: "Wendy's vocals have a warmth and presence that filters through the song lyrics. She can put a bluegrassy purr into a song and her "Happy Song Blues" has an attractive bounce with bass and fiddle along for the ride. Her "If I Had Wings" has a magical guitar accompaniment that floats under her lilting vocal."

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From Bluegrass Breakdown: "Wendy's vocals have a warmth and presence that filters through the song lyrics. She can put a bluegrassy purr into a song and her "Happy Song Blues" has an attractive bounce with bass and fiddle along for the ride. Her "If I Had Wings" has a magical guitar accompaniment that floats under her lilting vocal."

"Wendy Burch Steel's voice is a joy to listen to, and her songs speak from the heart. It was a pleasure to help expose Wendy and her music to a larger audience through the recording of Open Wings. She has been one of the Bay Area's hidden gems for too long."–Laurie Lewis

Music flows through Wendy Burch Steel like the clear water of her home country of upstate New York. Whether she is writing something that is destined to become a "great old song" of the future, or singing a selection from the great American songbag, Wendy's beautiful, true spirit shines through. --Joe Newberry, IBMA Winner, Best Gospel Song

Born into a large family in upstate New York, Wendy Burch Steel's Dad picked a ukulele and a baritone uke, and sang in what seemed like endless ranges. He taught all five children to harmonize together, usually barbershop quartet style, almost from the time they could talk.

Wendy taught herself to play guitar at the age of 11, and besides writing poetry and stories all the time, wound up writing songs and singing, dancing and drawing. She started performing and even producing her own concerts all over the United States with various duets and bands, in the late 1970s and 1980s. Taking time out to get a Masters degree in writing and poetry in the early 90s, she was published world wide and published two books of poetry with her own illustrations... yet the music and songwriting continued.

Ultimately, Wendy was back doing the music, writing songs and performing with her local band and with other great groups and folks in the Bay Area of California, and-- as fate would have it --met up with Laurie Lewis for songwriting and vocal coaching. Laurie became a mentor and friend, and eventually Producer and Arranger for Wendy's first real professional recording of a life time of original songs and songs from other sources, Open Wings. A dream come true! The album is blessed with such wonderful musicians and singers: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Todd Philips, Patrick Sauber, Chad Manning, Melody Walker, Richard Brandenberg, Nell Robinson, The T Sisters, Evan Robert Morgan and John Schott.

Wendy has recently played with her East Bay bluegrass band, Oyster Stew, on Vern's Stage at the CBA Father's Day Festival, and in the past couple of years, she's sung with them and other groups at the Freight and Salvage, Starry Plough, Sausalito Yacht Club (with Medicine Ball Band), Amnesia in the Mission District, Noe Valley Ministry (with Nell Robinson), Cafe International, 34th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, 11th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival, and Heartbreak Hootenanny.

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