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by Penny Wells

A CD that exemplifies a mature R&B sensibility, but will also satisfy any smooth jazz enthusiast's palate.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fertile Ground
2:55 $0.99
2. Everything to You
4:43 $0.99
3. Shine
4:14 $0.99
4. Don't Give Up
4:30 $0.99
5. Which One Are You?
1:49 $0.99
6. Stay
5:14 $0.99
7. Superman
4:01 $0.99
8. My Love Will Be Yours
4:38 $0.99
9. Compared to Lovin You
4:18 $0.99
10. Free To Walk Away
4:13 $0.99
11. Meet Again
3:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Penny Wells rose from singing in youth choirs at her church to be a standard of talent to be recokend with. Her sultry and sophisticated sound has come from a background of vocal music styles such as Jazz, Classical, Spirituals and Gospel. She has studied at Wayne State University, Department for Music and Performing Arts and the Detroit Community Music School of Arts. She has also studied voice under the tutelage of Frances Brockington, Director of Vocal Music at Wayne State University.

Penny has traveled throughout the state of Michigan singing with various bands. She won first place in, "Your Turn to Shine," a talent contest, sponsored by Detroit's WJLB radio station. In 2000, Penny competed in "The Music Industry Showcase" that was sponsored by WGPR in Detroit and was voted as the "Unsigned Artist of the Month" for April 2000. As a result of her accomplishments, she was interviewed
on air and her single "Free To Walk Away" was placed into rotation.

Her talent in singing a wide variety of styles has prompted producers: Randy Scott of R & R Productions, John Penn, II of Undercurrent Records, and Darryl Wynn of R-Tyme Records to call her. Penny excelled in singing with various well-known and local talents including: Maysa Leak, Al McKenzie, KEM, Jean Carne, Lathun, Dwele, Ron Mitchell, Naima Shambourger, Orthea Barnes, Randy Scott, Duane Parham, John E. Lawrence and Yancyy. She has released her first CD "Shine" in May of 2004. This album has been called "Soothing, Honest and Inspirational..." by the Detroit Metro Times. She continues to write and record original compositions, spreading her wealth of vocal talents through song.

Professional performance and recording highlights:

Featured vocalist on CD entitled "Christmas...My Favorite Holiday" by Ron Tyson.

Opening act for the Temptations 2004

National Anthem for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches, Oakland Hills Country Club Bloomfield Hills, MI

Headlined with Dwele in concert, Millennium Theatre- Southfield, MI

Comerica Tastefest 2004, Detroit, MI

Arts, Beats & Eats Festival 2004-Pontiac, MI

Featured vocalist on CD entitled "Magic Rhythm" by Ed Stone.

Opening act for Jeff Majors, Detroit Unity Temple.

Montreal Jazz Bistro with Al McKenzie Trio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Featured vocalist on CD, "Future" by Randy Scott, R&R Productions.

Featured vocalist on CD, "Right Words Inspire Love" by Javier, Unison Records.

African-American Freedom Festival, Hart Plaza Detroit.

Performed with KEM as opening act for Me'Shell NdegoOcello,
Magic Bag Theatre, Ferndale, MI

Featured vocalist on "Love Thy Neighbor" EP by KEM, Undercurrent Records.

Featured vocalist w/Al McKenzie Trio with Skip Pruitt and C.E.L., Millennium Theatre, Southfield, MI & Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Detroit, MI

Kucinich for Presidential Campaign Fundraiser, U of D-Mercy, Detroit, MI 2004

Featured vocalist, Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, MI 2004



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Mark Gentry

Penny Wells is awesome
Have just heard this CD for the first time. This music knocks you off your feet on first listen. It oozes class and Penny has such a brilliant voice, really enhances the music. Hope she gets the recognition she so richly deserves, certainly in the UK. This CD is just so damn good. Nice one Penny.

Whirlwyn Inc.

The CD is the real deal. It's full of soul food for the ears. I love Anita Baker and Penny is not far behind.
Ray Wynn , CEO

Lisa Kendrin

This album is Soothing, Honest and Inspirational. I love it!


The Best Coast needs to hear this cd
The word is getting out. Finally got my cd out here on the west coast. We needed to here this up and coming artist. Love the smoothness of the whole cd. Someone out here is missing the boat. I know I'm calling my local station and tell them about this heartfelt soulful cd. Can't wait to hear your next project. And a wooooohoooo on the arrangements. Just beautiful!!!!!!!!!


You're (AWESOME) this is a got to have CD. The sound is sooo fresh!
Penny, your style is unlike anyone else. The SKY is the limit for you. I'm buying this BADDD Boy, (GIRL) SMILE. Your friend, Regina!

Chris Wilson

This is a great CD. This is Modern Soul at it's best. Just go and buy it.


Pick up this CD if you want to hear a beautiful voice, amazing melodies and a sophistication not usually heard in an artist's first release. Penny does SHINE with this release. Don't miss out!


What a find!
This album really is class, just like the ease of purchase and delivery to the UK.

A really great jazzy soul album, quality vocals.

Just buy it!


being a maysahead (a long time fan and friend of maysa)i already knew the meaning of smooth...now, after penny, i know the meaning of smoooooooooooth...you MUST have this cd !


The girl is bad and the CD is smoking, I met her and she is the real deal. I love the song "Super Man."
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