Wendy Melvoin

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Wendy Melvoin
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Wendy Melvoin in 2006
Background information
Born (1964-01-26) January 26, 1964 (age 52)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative, funk, R&B, rock, pop, new wave, Minneapolis sound
Occupation(s) Musician, arranger, composer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals
Years active 1980–present
Labels Columbia, SME Records, Virgin, EMI, World Domination
Associated acts The Revolution, Wendy & Lisa
Website www.wendyandlisa.com

Wendy Melvoin (born January 26, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Prince as part of his backing band The Revolution, and for her collaboration with Lisa Coleman as one half of the duo Wendy & Lisa.

Music career[edit]

Shortly after the completion of Prince and The Revolution's 1986 album Parade, Coleman and Melvoin left the Revolution and started their own duo, Wendy & Lisa, also known as "Girl Brothers."

Melvoin and Coleman also composed music for the first season of the TV series Heroes.[1] In September of 2008, they announced that they would release an album consisting entirely of the score from Heroes, entitled Heroes: Original Score. Melvoin and Coleman composed the main title song for Nurse Jackie, for which they were awarded with an Emmy in 2010. As of mid-November 2015, the duo were working on the American TV series Touch.

Melvoin also contributed guitars to Madonna's 2008 album Hard Candy on the song "She's Not Me," and she is mentioned by name during the song.
She contributed heavily to Neil Finn's second solo album One Nil, co-writing many tracks and playing drums and bass on several. She is credited for guitar work on most of the tracks on Rob Thomas's first solo album, ...Something to Be.

Melvoin is also listed in the credits of Glen Campbell's 2011 final studio album, Ghost on the Canvas.

Personal life[edit]

Wendy Melvoin is the daughter of late jazz pianist (and former NARAS president) Mike Melvoin[2] who in the 1960s was part of the Los Angeles session musician collective The Wrecking Crew.[3] Her brother, Jonathan Melvoin, was the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist, and her twin sister is singer and composer Susannah Melvoin.

In April 2009, Melvoin gave an interview with Out magazine declaring that she was a lesbian and had a past relationship with Lisa Coleman.[4] Currently, her partner is writer-film director Lisa Cholodenko.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2007, the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards gave Melvoin and Coleman the "Top Television Series" award for their work on Heroes.[citation needed]

Melvoin and Coleman were awarded with an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title in 2010 for their theme to Nurse Jackie.[6]


  1. ^ Melvoin's and Coleman's compositions for Heroes closely followed their music-scoring of the previous Tim Kring series, Crossing Jordan, which had starred Jill Hennessy in the lead role.
  2. ^ Dennis McDougal (1985-03-14). "Jazz musicians threaten split after snub on Grammy show". Montreal Gazette. 
  3. ^ Robert Lloyd. "Time of the Session: When the music was fast, and the players anonymous". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2004-04-08. 
  4. ^ Barry Walters. "The Revolution Will Be Harmonized". Out magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ O'Hehir, Andrew (2010-01-29). "Sundance: Guy-sex and the modern lesbian". Salon. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  6. ^ Billboard

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