Wendy Starland

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Wendy Starland
Starland, Los Angeles, 2013
Born February 9, 1981
New York City, United States
Occupation Singer, songwriter, music producer
Years active 2005–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, Rock
Labels Universal Music Group
Website http://www.wendystarland.com

Wendy Starland (born February 9, 1981 in New York City), is an American singer, songwriter and music producer from Los Angeles. Starland was honored by The Songwriters Hall of Fame,[1] was named VH1's, “Best Emerging Artist,” was featured on Moby’s Grammy nominated album, “Last Night,” and opened for multi-platinum artists, Sheryl Crow and Jack White.[2] In addition, Starland discovered and developed six time Grammy winner, Lady Gaga.[3]

Career[edit]

Starland was named in the Beckhamhouse book as one of the “Great Female Singers” alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Natalie Cole.[4] Starland's single, Dancing With The Sea,[5] was released on Universal alongside artists, Norah Jones, Feist, and Edie Brickell.[6] The song hit number eight on the music charts giving her the opportunity to tour Europe. Starland was a featured performer at MI Fest, opening for Sheryl Crow and Jack White.[7]

Starland is a lead vocalist on Moby’s Grammy nominated album, Last Night, which went to number two on the Billboard charts. She was also featured on Moby’s follow up album, Last Night Remixed.[8] Starland has opened for Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, Sean Paul, Grandmaster Flash, Shawn Colvin, Vonda Shepard, Fishbone, The English Beat, Mike Posner, The Pointer Sisters, Karl Denson, The Romantics, Ronnie Dunn, and Jonatha Brooke and Lucy Woodward. She also performed at the Toronto International Film Festival, at the premiere of Entourage star, Adrian Grenier’s film, Teenage Papparazzo in 2011.[9]

Starland co-wrote and produced sixteen songs that are featured in the video game Rock Band 3 as well as Ubisoft's video game, "Rocksmith," alongside the Rolling Stones,[10] Aerosmith, and Red Hot Chili Peppers on Xbox and PlayStation 3. Starland is a "Featured Artist" on the mobile app called SongArc [11] where she exclusively pre-released her song "Raven," cowritten and produced by multi-platinum producer, Ivo Moring who won "Hit Of The Year" in 2012.

Starland produced and cowrote the RapScallions hit song "Can You Feel It." The song has been licensed to the NHL and NBA on FOX Sports and is also played by the LA Kings, NY Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Indiana Pacers, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Blues, NY Giants and Denver Broncos for in-game entertainment in their arenas.[12]"Can You Feel It" has also been licensed by Carl's Jr, Harley-Davidson, and Mercedes-Benz.[13][14][15]

Starland has written and recorded songs with Snoop Dogg, Ben Lee, The Wu Tang Clan, Capone of Island Def Jam's Capone-N-Noreaga, and Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas.

Her music has been heard in film and television, including MTV's The Hills, Jersey Shore, Spiker, The Rules, Weekend Getaway, and promos for two NBC primetime series, Las Vegas and Hawaii.[16]

Starland cowrote, performed and co-produced the theme song for the film, The Original. She composed the score and soundtrack to the television show, “Stilettos” by the creators of True Detective. Additionally Starland is writing and producing the score and soundtrack for the film, "A Love of Money," starring Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Biel and Eminem which is set for release in 2015.”[17]

Other Ventures[edit]

Starland on the runway for Gordana Gelhausen
Anna E Alex campaign

Starland discovered and developed Lady Gaga, and landed her a production deal with the multi-platinum producer for Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Whitney Houston, and Britney Spears that led to her signing major record and publishing contracts. Starland and Lady Gaga wrote songs together while she helped to develop her brand and marketing strategy.[18][19]

Starland is the Founder and CEO of philanthropic record label and marketing platform, Give Back Entertainment. GBE has worldwide distribution through Universal/INgrooves. GBE partnered with clothing lines, Pink Pump and P2, to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by holding a fashion show in which two Make-A-Wish children walked the runway to fulfill their “wishes.” A percentage of all Wendy Starland CD’s sold at Pink Pump and P2 stores in addition to being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[20][21]

Starland is a runway model for designer, Gordana Gelhausen, winner of the television series, “Project Runway”. She is also the face of Bvlgari designer's jewelry line, Anna e Alex, featured in Vogue and ELLE magazine where her music is offered as a download with purchase.[22]

Starland was featured on Zimbio’s “Hottest Couples at the 2014 Grammy Awards” list with fiance Chris Clemence. [23]

Awards[edit]

  • Moby’s Grammy Nominated Album, “Last Night”, lead vocalist
  • Honored by Songwriters Hall Of Fame, single Dancing With The Sea,
  • VH1 Award, "Best Emerging Artist"
  • Tonos International Songwriting Competition, Best Song, “Stolen Love”
  • Independent Music Award, Best Song
  • Brooklyn Arts Council, Best Song
  • Voted "Top Indie Artist" by listener’s requests on Boston’s WNRC 97.5 FM
  • METEOR Award Nomination for Blink

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wendy Starland Interview, March 2014, Kingsofar.com, Retrieved January 2015
  2. ^ Wendy Starland Artist Giving Back, Texas Online Radio, July 2011, Retrieved February 2015
  3. ^ Starland Wins $7.3m Lawsuit Against Rob Fusari For Discovering Lady Gaga, Billboard News, Retrieved March 2015
  4. ^ Beckhamhouse Book, Page 59, Retrieved March 2015
  5. ^ Wendy Starland Interview, March 2014, Kingsofar.com, Retrieved January 2015
  6. ^ Wendy Starland - "Dancing With the Sea", Universal Music Group - Europe, 2006, Retrieved January 2015
  7. ^ MI Fest Artist Lineup, MISpeedway.com, Retrieved February 2015
  8. ^ Billboard Charts: Moby #2, Billboard.com, Retrieved February 2015
  9. ^ Teenage Papparazzo Screening, Toronto Life, September 2011, Retrieved February 2015
  10. ^ Rocksmith 2014 song list, Games Radar, January 2014, Retrieved March 2015
  11. ^ Gaming Cypher, March 16, 2015, Retrieved March 2015
  12. ^ Success Stories: Wendy Starland, The Looking List, January 2015, Retrieved February 2015
  13. ^ CBS Local, January 2015, Retrieved March 2015
  14. ^ January 2015, Retrieved March 2015
  15. ^ Alternative Nation, August 2014, Retrieved March 2015
  16. ^ Married To Music: Wendy Starland, Image and Style Magazine, Retrieved March 2015
  17. ^ Married To Music: Wendy Starland, Image and Style Magazine, Retrieved March 2015
  18. ^ Songwriter Who Discovered Lady Gaga Wins 7.3m Lawsuit, Page Six, November 2014, Retrieved February 2015
  19. ^ Songwriter wins $7.3M From Lady Gaga's Ex Producer, USA Today, November 2014, Retrieved March 2015
  20. ^ Pink Pump To Expand With new Store, The Oakland Press, Retrieved February 2015
  21. ^ Pink Pump Store Owner Opens New Alter Ego Store, CHS Communicator, October 2011, Retrieved February 2015
  22. ^ The Latest: One Of Our Favourite Artists Wendy Starland, AnnaeAlex.com, Retrieved February 2015
  23. ^ Hottest Couples at The 2014 Grammy Awards, Zimbio, January 2014, retrieved March 2015

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