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By Location
CANADA - Ontario

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Wendy Luella Perkins

Wendy Luella is a hidden gem on the Canadian folk music scene. Her songs offer glimpses into the simple joys and small tragedies of day-to-day living. Inspired by the melodic stylings of Joni Mitchell, the sing-along activism of Pete Seeger and the straight to the heart storytelling of David Francey, Wendy Luella weaves a tale so true, it often brings a smile or tear, resonating with the listener’s own stories. Her performances are lovely and lively—full of funny anecdotes, warm intimacy and plenty of chances for the crowd to join their own voices with hers.

Born in Halifax, Wendy Luella spent her growing-up years in Nova Scotia, the most formative ones on a small dairy farm near Shubenacadie. It was there that her passion for the land was firmly planted. She’s also lived in Sackville NB, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and Winnipeg. While she’s called Kingston ON home for nearly twenty years, she continues to be enchanted and moved by the history and landscape of the east coast.

Ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1999, Wendy Luella has committed her life to nurturing spiritual development, community-building and progressive social change. While she spent several years in congregational and denominational ministry, her vocation is now lived-out mostly in the community, focusing on food and music. She is a local food and farm activist with the National Farmers Union, local 316 and loves to cook for friends with fresh food straight from the garden/farm. For about ten years she has also facilitated meditative singing groups called Soulful Singing around Kingston and across the county that create spontaneous, joyful circles of song.

While she has been a writer of tunes and singer of songs from her early days (at the age of three her older brother Tim proudly took her to “show and tell” to demonstrate her pipes!), it was after the premature deaths of her parents Luella and Al in 2004, that Wendy Luella began to dedicate herself more fully to song writing. Since then she has written about a hundred folk songs, a few dozen children’s songs and hundreds of meditative chants.

Yes, Wendy Luella’s musical creations are diverse. In 2005 she independently released Awakening the Compassionate Heart, an EP of meditative chants inspired by the teachings of Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön. Wendy Luella's short hymn “We Give Thanks” has been a hit in Unitarian Universalist congregations across North America and the UK (and is published in several Unitarian Universalist song books. The release of Lucky Life in November 2010 brings her folk music to a wider audience.

What’s next for Wendy Luella? In addition to getting Lucky Life heard, she will be back in the studio in early 2011 to work on a full length album of meditiative chants (which is partly funded through an Ontario Arts Council popular music audio recording grant). She hopes to embark on a children’s album in 2012.

Wendy Luella shares her life with the little brown birds, apple blossoms, dusty floors and her husband, musician Charlie Walker in Kingston Ontario.

Wendy Luella's website www.wendyluellaperkins.com

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