Wendy Bollard
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"Vancouver vocalist Wendy Bollard has a lot of tools, and she uses them to good effect. On the Van Morrison tune "Into The Mystic" she notches up the ante, wailing out the key lines, rocking her gypsy soul indeed."

Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
- The Vancouver Sun


"Your CD is excellent. You are very talented and the arrangements of the tunes are...how do I put it...fresh and original."

Sudha Krishna, CBC TV Arts & Entertainment

"Wendy...I love your CD!"

Sheryl Mackay,
CBC Radio Host/Producer - CBC


"The best understanding of Cole Porter's Love for Sale I have ever heard." - Dal Richards, Radio Host 600am


"Bollard's voice ably swoops from cool jazziness to warm full bodieness in a single phrase" - Alex Browne, Peace Arch News


"Wendy Bollard is just hitting her stride, and all indications are she is a musician to be reckoned with" - Carolyn Cooke, The Now Newspaper


Discography

Passing Fancies released in 2003
National Distribution by PHD

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Both on stage and off, for Wendy Bollard it’s all about timing.
Like a full-bodied Shiraz that has developed all of its characteristic qualities to full perfection, this entertaining jazz siren has truly come into her own.

For the past five years Bollard has been laying low, cultivating her talent and steeping herself in the things most important in life: Family, health and a love for all things that bring light into those otherwise dark cellar corners.

After being involved in three car accidents – none of which were her fault – in the span of five months, Bollard decided it was time to take stock. Her burgeoning music career was taking off. Passing Fancies, her debut album released in 2003, received national distribution and was selling faster than she could keep it in stock. Bollard was sharing stages with legendary artists such as Dal Richards and John Nolan, selling out concerts, performing multiple years in a row at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and showcased at conferences like the Western Canadian Music Awards year after year.

Yet something wasn’t adding up.
"I began to think the universe was trying to tell me something. I decided to slow down and not push so hard,” explained Bollard, who makes her home in South Surrey with her partner Andy and their children Diarmuid and Eli. “In the process I discovered that my vision of success wasn't working with my family life. When you're an artist you're always told the only way you're going to be successful is by pounding the pavement. The events in 2005, those “accidents,” made me stop and re-evaluate what success really is.
“I was at the point where the next step would be putting a band together and going on tour, but I couldn't do it with young children. I thought I'd rather be having a great relationship with my kids than being on stage all the time,” she continued. “I’m really glad that I did.”
“I am a way different artist than I was five years ago. I understand and accept my strengths and challenges and that gives me a lot of freedom.”
Perhaps it is her unique blend of theatrical experience and musical training that makes her connect so divinely with jazz. Bollard studied theatre in Vancouver and London, England. She has acted in everything from a Jessie Award-winning production, to the London Stage, to a sold out one-woman show.
As a trained actor Bollard doesn't just sing songs, she performs them. One minute the audience will be laughing along with her, the next minute they are wiping away tears.
The musical selections this sexy, yet flawlessly comedic, artist chooses are based on a true connection she makes with each individual piece.
“It’s all about the story and whether it speaks to me,” she said, adding favourites include I Wanna Be Loved, Besame Mucho, Walking After Midnight, and Poison Words. “I always see the songs that I am singing as if they were a movie and I bring that emotion to my audiences.”
Bollard is recording a new CD that will be released in 2010 with award winning musicians Jodi Proznick (bass), Tilden Webb (piano) and Jessie Cahill (percussion).
She has been featured twice on Dal Richard's radio show, CBC's North by Northwest, The Afternoon Show, Culture Shock and the nationally broadcast Richardson's Roundup. She has also been an invited performer for such noteworthy benefits as The Variety Club, Red Cross at Massey Theatre, Living Through Loss and The Centre for Ability at The Centennial Theatre. Most recently she opened the new Coast Capital Playhouse Music Series to a sold out audience.