What do John Prine, Puritan poetry, a degree in Meat and Animal Science, and a few Dove Award® and Grammy® nominations have in common? If you’re songwriter Wendy Wills, they mark the path you have taken.
As a teenager in Wisconsin, she loved playing music, loved playing with words, displaying a natural talent for chords and song form. Her earliest attempts at songwriting were primarily parodies; but since true purpose or focused intent for her songs remained elusive, Wendy eventually sidelined those efforts. It wasn’t until she became a Christian that words and music began to merge in a meaningful, more powerful way.
Lyrically rich and poetically fluid, Wendy’s own music ranges from spiritually pensive to humorously clever. She casts a wide net for inspiration: Poetry, hymns, and the Bible; an avid reader, she doesn’t dismiss the ideas that spring from the pages of good literature, either. And, of course, great songwriters from today and yesterday will move her to the guitar or piano. "I think I'm influenced more by great songs than any one songwriter or artist", she says. Standards like "Stardust" and current hits all dovetail into her creative psyche.
It’s no wonder, then, that the breadth and depth of Wills-penned songs, like Dove Award® nominated “Glorious Impossible”, recorded by The Gaither Vocal Band on the Grammy®- and Dove Award®-nominated album, Give It Away, have been favorites among listeners and critics alike. Natalie Grant, Janet Paschal, 33Miles, Gary Chapman, Pam Thum, The Collingsworth Family, Doug Anderson, Karen Peck and New River, David Phelps, Gordon Mote, Jeff & Sherri Easter, singer/songwriter Jill Paquette, and new country singer Paul Bogart, are only a few of the artists that have recorded Wendy's songs. And her worship songs are being sung in churches all around the world.