For the better part of her life, Louisiana native Wendy Colonna has been communing with folks through the gift of live music. She was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, close to the Texas border, and grew up steeped in the swampy, music-rich culture of Cajun Country. Her musical lineage is part memory and part DNA melting pot: Italian, Portuguese, and English via Trinidad, French, and Cajun. After singing and strumming guitar all through her early childhood and teens, Colonna started writing songs in high school and the momentum continued through college, and upon moving to Austin in 2000, she fit right in with the city’s collaborative music community. Rock writer Margaret Moser dubbed her powerful alto “smokey” and “alluring,” and in 2016 she was honored as one of Black Fret’s major grant winners. She’s also landed an original song in a Coca-Cola ad, been commissioned to write and produce a song celebrating her hometown of Lake Charles (“My Southwest Louisiana Home”), and released eight albums since her move to Texas. Her latest endeavor is “The Paradigm Project,” featuring a variety of pairings of Austin musicians in a tiered release of songs, all reflecting her faith in the power of collaboration.
“She can move from a sweet whisper to a full on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.” — Elmore Magazine