Speakers Profile - Wendy Matthews

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Regional New South Wales/ACT

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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 "Stringer". "You'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 "I 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 went Double Platinum and earned Wendy the Best Female Artist and Best Debut Single 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".

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" highest selling single of 1993 and the 'single of the year'.

Wendy has performed at some of the most prestigious musical events. From the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, live TV specials in Asia, MIDEM in Cannes, to performing in front of over 40,000 people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Her tours play to full houses in both regional and capital city theatres.

There are very few artists in Australia that can cite Wendy's credentials, seven arias, a massive 19 singles , and 7 top selling albums.

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.