Fort Collins’ powerhouse Wendy Woo, has released yet another fantastic album. This ten-song album is complex and full of many different music styles. Wendy Woo is known for her soulful and powerful vocals, and this album is no exception. The majority of the album has a country rock feel, but she adds reggae, Latin and blues influences as well. “Takin’ Pills” is the perfect anthem for a wild night out. It has a honky tonk sound. “Mile High Blues” blends blues and country in perfect harmony while painting a picture of current events in Colorado. “Backbone Road” is perfect for driving that empty dirt road alone at 1 am. The stand out track on this album is “Picture Frame.” It has a reggae sound throughout with a beach-y tone that goes along with her easygoing attitude. Overall, the album is full of musical twists and turns and is so much fun to listen to.
Wendy Woo Band has been working to master the radio-friendly pop-rock style and the new album Tipping Point is a big step in the right direction. Wendy Woo brings an authoritative, but tenderly appealing, vocal command that dominates the group’s sound and her lyricism is very personal- almost as if she is writing a letter directly to the listener.
The track “On With The Show” brings a harder, almost punk, feel that demonstrates the diversity of Woo and her crew, while the title track “Tipping Point” showcases the band’s typical groove-laden dance feel. There are moments on the album that remind me of Sarah Mclachlan, others where Woo ventures in her own very unique direction, but the feel of the music never strays from appealing and very danceable.
Brad Blackburn of Euphonic Masters has signed on to Master the new Wendy Woo Band album "Tipping Point." Which is tentatively scheduled for release on April 20, 2015.
Brad's bio is a colorful one:
Grammy and Pensado award winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood started his recording career in high school, working with several of his friends’ rock n’ roll bands. Even as he attended college he was drawn to music, selling hifi equipment at local shops. The more he learned about the reproduction of music, the more his desire to work in the recording industry grew. He moved to Memphis and began honing his skills as an engineer at Ardent Studios. After spending several years learning the ins and outs of recording and mixing, Brad turned his focus on resurrecting Ardent Mastering, a division which had closed years before. His success was immediate as he learned user and cultivated working relationships with producing and engineering greats such as John Hampton, John Fry, Jim Dickinson, Skidd Mills, and Jim Gaines. “It was a great learning experience, being thrown into sessions with such amazing producers and engineers. These guys had worked with everyone in the book so I had to get it right the first time.”
In 2003, Brad decided it was time to expand the service he offered his clients and the result is Euphonic Masters. His client base followed, allowing him to continue to work with a wide variety of artists including Maroon 5, Three Days Grace, Korn, Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Black Eyed Peas, Sara Bareilles, Sick Puppies, Thursday, Saving Abel, the North Mississippi Allstars, Sister Hazel, and many more.
Over the course of his career, Brad has had the opportunity to work on a number of acclaimed projects, and in 2012 he became the first mastering engineer ever awarded the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical for his work on Alison Krauss & Union Station’sPaper Airplane. In 2014, Brad was also honored to receive the first ever Pensado Award for the category of ‘Master of Mastering’.
14 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED PROJECTS
Mike Farris – Shine For All The People (2014) (winner) Sara Bareilles – Brave (2013) Luther Dickinson – Hambone’s Meditations (2012) Rhett Walker Band – When Mercy Found Me (2012) Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplane (2011)(2x winner*) Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger (2011) Maroon 5 – Misery (2010) Alvin Youngblood Hart – Down In The Alley (2004) Big Tent Revival – Big Tent Revival Live (2002) Smalltown Poets – Third Verse (2001) North Mississippi Allstars – Shake Hands With Shorty (2001) Big Tent Revival – Choose Life (2000) Big Tent Revival – Amplifier (1999) * – winner of Grammy awards for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical & Best Bluegrass Album
6 JUNO AWARD NOMINATED PROJECTS
Three Days Grave – Transit of Venus (2014) Jully Black – Fugitive (2013) Jully Black – Set It Off (2012) Jully Black – Black Book (2010) Jully Black – Revival (2008) (winner) Jully Black – Seven Day Fool (2008)
2 LATIN GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED PROJECTS
Beto Cuevas – Transformación (2013) (winner) Juan Fernando Velasco – Con Toda El Alma (2011)
15 DOVE AWARD NOMINATED PROJECTS
Steven Curtis Chapman – Deep Roots (2013) Building 429 – Where I Belong (2013) House of Heroes – Cold Hard Want (2013) Rhett Walker Band – When Mercy Found Me (2013) Rhett Walker Band – Come To The River (2013) Mike Farris – Shout! Live (2009) (winner) Todd Agnew – Grace Like Rain (2004) Justifide – Life Outside The Toybox (2002) GS Megaphone – Out Of My Mind (2002) Big Tent Revival – Live (2002) Smalltown Poets – Third Verse (2000) Skillet – Live Worship (2000) All Together Separate – ATS (1999) Skillet – Hey You I Love Your Soul (1998) Smalltown Poets – Listen Closely (1998)
In December, Colorado’s popular singer/songwriter Wendy Woo will be recording her 11th album. The producer will be multi-Grammy winner Jim Gaines, who has worked with Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Journey, Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis and the News, Blues Traveler, Albert Collins, Albert Cummings, George Thorogood, and many others.
Returning to Colorado Sound Studios to record, Woo will be joined by her band, and some special guests. The album will include a mix of blues, country, and rock and is scheduled for a February 2015 release.