Wendy Ip

Wendy Ip


Wendy Ip is a dynamic performer who writes and sings catchy, cleverly worded alt-pop-rock songs that have been compared to the likes of Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, No Doubt and Elton John.


Wendy Ip's sound is a result of a turbulent, rebellious childhood in an eccentric household and the interesting relationships and experiences she has had since. Her music makes you realize that you are not as strange as you think - that someone else understands...very well. You hear a new perspective while relating at the same time - and you want to hear more.

Wendy's parents had a plan…and she ruined it. Wendy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an academic achiever beyond her age, Wendy was fast tracked through school by her parents who insisted she pursue a medical career. However, along the way, the piano lessons in which they enrolled her at age four ignited in Wendy a love and obsession with music. At nine, after hearing her father's Beatle records, Wendy instantly knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life and she started singing and writing her own songs.

Wendy's adolescent years were ridden with constant conflict with her parents. They had hoped that the piano lessons would result in, at most, an impressive hobby, and were actually disappointed that it became much more. While in school, Wendy was singer and keyboard player in a rock cover band. Wendy also continued composing and secretly made demos at home while her parents were away at work.

Finally, after repeated attempts to run away, Wendy left Canada for good in desperate pursuit of her freedom and happiness. Wendy settled in New York City, where she felt like she could do and be anything she wanted. Not at all intimidated by the bustling urban center, Wendy, in fact, embraced it. It was there in New York that she really began to find her creative outlet, performing her original music in public for the first time.

Her debut self-released album, Fan Favorites So Far, won her all the right kinds of attention from both fans and critics who immediately took to her heartfelt songwriting and sincere, unique vocal delivery. The album also featured Joey Santiago of The Pixies on guitar. Wendy's turbulent childhood has provided her with the kind of experience, emotion and unique perspective from which she creates her music. Her latest release, A Different Kind of Life, showcases further development in her songwriting and proves that Wendy continues to deeply affect her audience. It also earned her a demo deal with Simmons Records, the record label of KISS’ Gene Simmons.

While her lyrics move her listener, Wendy's melodies are unforgettable. Wendy has a penchant for writing memorable hooks and her songs linger in one's head even after only one listen. A blend of her instantly recognizable voice, striking melodies and clever poetry makes Wendy an extraordinary act. She has been compared to Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, No Doubt and Elton John…the list goes on - but her original style is undeniably her own.

On stage, Wendy's passionate, sincere performances are doused with a sense of humor that could only have come from an unconventional past. She'll move you to tears only to have you laughing a moment later, and then another moment later, singing along. In addition to performing regularly in New York City with her band, Wendy has also toured in the United States and England, headlining at The Borderline and 12 Bar Club in London.

Wendy is currently on Carnegie Hall's roster of sponsored artists for the Neighborhood Concert Series. Wendy is currently on Carnegie Hall’s roster of sponsored artists for the Neighborhood Concert Series. Her albums are currently available at all Virgin Megastores in New York City (where they have both been listening station features), Rough Trade Records and Black Dog Music in London, and most online outlets. A regular cast member of the ongoing off-Broadway hit “Losers Lounge”, Wendy has also performed with Anthony of Mercury Music Prize winners Anthony & the Johnsons. She was also recently featured in the VH1 program “My Coolest Years: The Bad Girls” and was singled out by the New York Post as being “totally engaging”.


Take Me Away

Written By: Wendy Ip

Take Me Away
Words & Music by Wendy Ip

Walking down the street feeling like myself
Underneath this mask I’m living
I discover I look like somebody else
Never thought this costume was fitting

Playing cards that were never dealt for me
Who’s my friend and who’s the enemy
How many more of me are there?

Never thought about where I belonged
Went along with the situation
Veered off the path a long time ago
Now I have a reputation

They see me and they think they know me well
They are wrong so I say go to hell
I can’t put on that smile anymore

Take me away from this small tired place
Take me away cause I need it
Show me the way, how can I find more space
How can I try to beat it

Never understood when people say
People like me have their ways
Always thought I was one of a kind
Aren’t we all supposed to be

If only I looked like my personality
If only I acted more accordingly
I wouldn’t be myself you see

Take me away from this small tired place
Take me away cause I need it
Show me the way, how can I find more space
How can I try to defeat it

Oh - I wasn’t born that way
Found another game to play
Oh - you’ll never guess my next move

Take me away from this small tired place
Take me away cause I need it
Show me the way, how can I find more space
How can I try to beat it

Take me away from this small tired place
Take me away cause I need it
Show me the way, how can I find more space
How can I try to defeat it

Just Wendy

Written By: Wendy Ip

Well it's the third time she's turned twenty-one
She's not quite ready to move
on with her life
There so much she planned to have done by now
And the only way not to drown
in the pressure is to buy some
time somehow

She's always going in the out door
She's running up the down escalator
The only thing she knows for sure
Is she doesn't want to grow up 'till much much later

She wants to be Peter Pan
But she will always be just Wendy
She can only fly in the back of her mind
In her heart she will find the time
In her heart she will find the time
She still likes to read Seventeen
And her favorite food is pasta
'cause it's fast and easy
There's no Mr. Right in sight
But she's riding fine by herself
Busy with her aspirations
She wants to be an inspiration


Well it's the third time she's tried
To make them understand
That her rings would clear her
smoke and mirrors
And she would be in Neverland

Chorus X 2


Fan Favorites So Far
A Different Kind of Life

Set List

For a typical 45 minute set, usually 11 original songs + sometimes a cover (e.g. When You Were Mine by Prince).