*It’s offical, there is a new band: WENDEL WERNER and the STRANGE RELATIONSHIP!!
Wendel has been slowly working this group into the public for about a year, sometimes doing gig with just the singers (Anna Caroline Causey, Caitlin Wood, Alison Werner, and Betsy Sonewald) and some gigs with just the horn players.(Kerry Morrison, Peggy Terpstra, and Ruth Johnson) But he has finally put them all together and made it offical at the end of August.
Meet WENDEL WERNER and the STRANGE RELATIONSHIP.
**Wendel, along with Anna Caroline Causey, Alison Werner, and Caitlin Wood, will be performing a brand new song at the Ballet Gloria Benefit Auction on Friday September 21. The song will be “Lord I Hear You” and will be part of a new set of songs that Wendel is writing for Ballet Gloria’s 2019 Spring Concert, April 6.
**WENDEL WERNER and the STRANGE RELATIONSHIP will performing at Boyd’s Jig and Reel on Saturday September 29, starting at 10pm.
**Wendel will have back to back performances in Fairfax, Va. appearing for a private event on October 20 and a concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville the afternoon of October 21.
**The Annual WENDEL-DESTROYS-ALL-CHRISTMAS-SONGS concert will be Friday December 14 at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tn. The concert will start at 8pm. The list of guest performers has not be released yet, but an appearance by Wendel’s new band, the Strange Relationship, has been confirmed.
Wendel Werner, known as Knoxville's pianist, is an accomplished singer, director, composer, producer, teacher and clinician. His career began in 1974, as he sat behind the piano for the first time. Born in Little Rock, AR, he found himself traveling the United States as a child of the US Air Force. High school found him in Memphis, TN where he helped win the Best Jazz Band award, and won the Best Soloist award from the Dogwood Arts Jazz Festival. He went on to compose and direct his high school's musical his Senior year.
Wendel received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, and was hired to teach at a local college before finishing his graduate studies. He has worked as the pianist or music director for over ten churches, and has taught at six colleges.
Wendel has released over 12 albums, including four with singer Alan Eleazer, four with saxophonist Terry Schmidt, and several solo albums including his gospel album entitled "Spiritual," and a blues album entitled "Cool by Design." A new album is planned for 2019.
He is in high demand as a music director and lecturer, and travels regularly as a performer. Wendel is also Modern Studio's 2018 Artist-in-Residence, which includes a solo performance each month in addition to curating a concert series and producing/directing several shows.
Wendel is available for your private event, wedding, or party. Please Contact Us to learn more.