Elegant, seductive and smooth are as synonymous to the sounds of Penny Wells as they are to the woman who sings them.
Penny Wells, born in Detroit, Michigan, discovered her classical voice at age 6 and quickly rose from singing in youth choirs at her church to a musical talent to be reckoned with. She recalls singing all of her life but credits her high school music teacher for encouraging her to pursue a solo career–Penny has been singing professionally for 23 years.
Influenced by vibrant musical greats such as, Diane Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, CeCe Winans and Jonathan Butler; her sultry and sophisticated sound embodies the vocal music styles of Jazz, Classical, Spirituals and Gospel all cascading into the soothing hues of Penny Wells.
She has studied at Wayne State University, Department of Music and Performing Arts and the Detroit Community Music School of Arts; also studying voice under the tutelage of France Brockington and Ivan Griffin of Wayne State University.
Her opening act & performance credits include icons Pattie Austin and The Temptations; the legendary Kirk Whalum and Maysa Leak; the hot artistry of Will Downing, Yolanda Johnson, Al McKenzie, Marion Meadows and Kim Waters; and the creative talent of Tim Bowman, Dwele, Euge Groove, Kem, Frank McComb, Najee and Vinx.
Reminiscent of her childhood aspiration of just another little girl standing in front of a mirror singing using a hair brush as her microphone; today, Penny astutely focuses around learning the art of balancing her roles of mother, daughter, singer, lover and friend. “Each role is important to me in very meaningful ways. I am blessed to have so many passions in my life.” Penny’s future aspirations of becoming a musical treasure to the industry with something unique to say is well within reach. Always one to keep several irons in the fire, Penny pursues writing and completing numerous works not only for her but for other artists.
Penny will be releasing her sophomore CD entitled Close to You—Penny Sings Burt. This CD is made up of a collection of classic pop songs like
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head; Make it Easy on Yourself, and Alfie. This long awaited CD will be a refreshing collaboration of good music of the past, the soul stirring and spirited grooves of today and the smooth tones of Penny Wells to elevate the tracks to the next level. Close to You—Penny Sings Burt is the elegant, seductive and smooth sounds of Penny Wells for the grown, sexy and classy.
Look for it in March 2011.