A native of North Carolina, Wendy McIntyre spent her formative years in the Washington, DC area. There she developed her voice in various choirs, talent shows and events around the city. A friend once told her that her voice had a special annointing, and throughout her life she has been encouraged to share her God-given talent with others. Her debut EP, The.Anthem is the culmination of years spent creating a collection of songs meant to inspire, encourage and share her musical gift with the world.
The.Anthem fluently conveys the artistry of the woman, through an introspective collection of R&B songs of varying tempos and themes. The EP is a "life" soundtrack of sorts, beginning with the DeAndre Shaifer-produced Back in the Day, a mid-tempo, retro-influenced track with catchy guitar rifts, and Marvin Gaye-esque vocal arrangements. This song takes listeners on a journey through days past, hopes and dreams realized, love lost and found, and new possibilities on the horizon. Back in the Day is destined to be the jam of the summer, clearly a prelude to sunshine and good times.
Wendy's emotive alto and range are fully displayed on the soaring ballad The Difference, quite possibly this generation's love ballad. The song, a nod to soul ballads of old, imparts the story of love; found and cherished. Produced by Carl Rushing, it pairs her honey-coated alto with a simple melody, sparse instrumentation and airy background vocals. On Night & Day, the jazzy ode to finding new love, Wendy's sassy and ethereal vocals with production help by Grammy-nominated producer James McKinney (Wayna, KevO) provide the perfect scenario for this anthology of soul. The.Anthem, the title and final track, is laced with a funky bass line, gritty vocal performance and soul-sister affirmation. This feel-good declaration and call to "keep going strong", leaves listeners primed for more...until the next soulful collection arrives.
The.Anthem is undoubtedly, a stand out debut through and through. Wendy McIntyre is an artist who set out to share her thoughts, memories, hopes and loves amidst a backdrop of thought-provoking lyrics and lush orchestration. Her EP captures the essence of an artist, channels the "soul child" within, and raises the bar for R&B performers. Wendy McIntyre is a singer, and a lyricist, who passionately delivers and elevates the craft. The.Anthem - listen and experience the "rebirth of R&B".