Wendy Rich

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2016 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee


A native Texan, Wendy was born and raised in a suburb of Houston and joined her first band at the age of 13. For several years she focused on rock music, playing in clubs in the Houston area and dabbling in recording. She joined her first blues band in 1989 shortly before she relocated to Tampa Bay.

Since arriving in Florida in 1990, Wendy established herself quickly with her band Wendy & the Soulshakers, becoming a popular mainstay in the regional club & festival circuit. Over the years Wendy has taken her band on the road up the east coast and to Europe, as well as self-producing 4 cds.

In the year 2000 Wendy took some time off from the Soulshakers to tour as front person for the legendary Janis Joplin’s original band Big Brother & the Holding Company…who continue to tour to this day with 3 out of 4 of the original members. She performed with them at various venues all over the US and Europe through 2004 and still occasionally makes appearances with them.

In 2009 Wendy journeyed to Nashville, TN to collaborate with GRAMMY award winning producer Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer, John Oates) on a record entitled DRIVER, which was not officially released until 2015 due to some life circumstances that put Wendy’s music career on hold for a couple of years.

In 2013, Wendy came back to music with a recording project in her hometown of Houston, Texas … working with Andy Bradley at the famed SugarHill Studios on the beginnings of a stellar new record! Bradley enlisted the talents of Mark Andes (Heart,Firefall, Spirit), Kenny Cordray, Paul English and more! This project is temporarily on hold while Wendy focuses on releasing and promoting Driver! And on January 4, 2016 she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.