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Monday, June 2, 2014

Congratulations to Wendy & Lisa on Their ASCAP Honor!

Today, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman will be the recipients of the very first ASCAP Shirley Walker Award! 

As is stated in ASCAP's announcement:
The Shirley Walker Award honors those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. Shirley Walker, an ASCAP member, was the first prominent female film and TV composer. As the first female composer to get a solo score credit on a major Hollywood motion picture, she is remembered as a pioneer for women in the film industry.
"Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are two of the finest composers working in film and TV music," said ASCAP Vice President of Film & TV/Visual Media Shawn LeMone. "Their music sets new standards for excellence, and their achievements have inspired a generation of female composers looking to follow their lead. I can think of no more deserving recipients of ASCAP's very first Shirley Walker Award." 
This award couldn't go to better and more influential composers! Since their first composing gig (Dangerous Minds) to their current Television work (The Witches of East End), Lisa and Wendy have inspired and encouraged both women and a new generation of musicians to consider the art of movie and television composition.

The award ceremony will be held June 25th, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Unfortunately, for us fans (who would love to be there), the ceremony is by invitation only. Hopefully, ASCAP will either provide video or a great description of the ceremony.

Again, CONGRATULATIONS to the dynamic duo! This is an award that is well-deserved and couldn't go to more talented musicians.

Billboard also released an announcement that you can read here: Wendy & Lisa to Receive ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley WalkerAward

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wendy & Lisa are Honored at Score! (Video Included)

Sorry! It's been a while since there has been a good Wendy & Lisa News post, but the ladies have been pretty quiet (they are probably doing something cool like 'working' and 'living life'. lol).

However, the dynamic duo were recently honored at a first-time, sold-out event called "Score!" As the Hollywood Reporter says, Score! is the brainchild of TV Academy Music Peer Group Governor Michael A. Levine who envisioned a concert in which a 67-piece orchestra and a 40-voice LA chorus would perform some of TV music's greatest compositions. The event, sponsored by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, was held May 21st at UCLA's Royce Hall. 

Both Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin were in the audience to see their work from Heroes, Touch, Carnivale, and Nurse Jackie conducted by the very talented Suzie Katayama (who played stings along with Lisa's brother, David Coleman, on Purple Rain's "Take Me With You", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". Ms. Katayama also did work on Madonna's Ray of Light album and has worked with many other great performers).

The "Score!" event is yet another reminder (besides their Emmy) of how talented both Lisa & Wendy truly are. In a field heavily dominated by men, they demonstrate the breadth, talent, and work ethic that women can posses and combine these ideals to reach the highest echelons of television composing. As a woman, they will always be an inspiration to me (and, if I had an ounce of musical ability, they would be even greater roll models).

Thanks to the ladies' great manager, we can witness their very cool honor! 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Congratulations to Wendy & Lisa on the Renewal of 'Witches of East End'!

Wendy & Lisa, the dynamic scoring duo, are the composers for the brand new show, Witches of East End, currently airing on cable’s Lifetime Channel. Lifetime has announced that Witches will return, next year, for its second season.
According to the New York Post, Witches of East End “is averaging 3 million viewers and 1.7 million viewers in the key adults 18-49 and 25-54 demos…. The drama’s first season finale airs Dec. 15.”

The new season of Witches is set to premiere in 2014 with 13 new episodes.

In case you don’t know, Wendy & Lisa have been the television composers for the shows “Touch”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Prime Suspect”, “Mercy”, “Heroes”, “Bionic Woman”, “Crossing Jordan”, and “Snoops”.

For more info about Witches of East End, see the official website: Lifetime’s Witches of East End

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wendy & Lisa Debut Album Re-Release!

It is with great pleasure to announce that Cherry Pop Records (who re-released Wendy & Lisa's sophomore album, Fruit At The Bottom, in 2011) will be reissuing Wendy & Lisa's self-titled debut album! The Second Disk announced that the album, "Wendy & Lisa: Expanded Edition", will include the original 11 wonderful tracks PLUS 4 bonus tracks.  In addition, the reissue will include an expanded booklet that includes an exclusive interview plus track-by-track reviews by the amazing Lisa Coleman! It is definitely a collector's item for us Wendy & Lisa fans!

You can pre-order the track through Amazon which is scheduled for release March 25 in the UK and April 2 in the US.

Click one of the following links to order: Amazon US      Amazon UK

Track List for "Wendy & Lisa: Expanded Edition"
  1. Honeymoon Express
  2. Sideshow
  3. Waterfall
  4. Stay
  5. White
  6. Blues Away
  7. Song About
  8. Chance to Grow
  9. The Life
  10. Everything But You
  11. Light
  12. Honeymoon Express (12″ Version) (12″ A-side – Columbia 44-07498 (U.S.), 1988)
  13. Sideshow (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – Virgin VST 1012 (U.K.), 1988)
  14. Waterfall ’89 (Alice & Sundial Seven”) (single A-side – Virgin VS 1223 (U.K.), 1989)
  15. Waterfall ’89 (Psychedelic Teepee Twelve”) (12″ A-side – Virgin VST 1223 (U.K.), 1989)

If you still haven't picked up the reissued Fruit At the Bottom CD, you can do so here: Fruit At the Bottom

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wendy & Lisa Release Touch Theme!

Are you saddened by having to wait until Fall for anothe episode Touch? Well, you can re-live the opening sequence *anytime* you want to!  Thankfully, the ladies were allowed to release the Touch Theme on iTunes! It features 2 slightly different versions: 1) Girls Brothers Mix and 2) Battle Tapes Mix.  The Girls Brothers Mix features a few more instruments than the show opener.  In addition, some of you who answered Lisa's call for sining numbers (a while back, Lisa asked fans to call in and sing 1....10 in the same tune as the alphabet) just might hear yourselves at the end of The Girls Brothers Mix. Very cool!!!!

So, give yourselves a treat and pick up the Touch Theme on iTunes!  You can find it here: Touch Theme iTunes

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Come See Wendy & Lisa at WonderCon!!!

If you will be attending WonderCon 2012, at the Anaheim Convention Center, come see Wendy & Lisa!  The ladies will be on a panel discussing "Famous TV Theme Music".  The panel takes place Friday, March 16th from 5:00pm-6:00pm (Room 213).  

From the WonderCon Website:
5:00-6:00 Famous TV Theme Music Composers of popular television theme songs discuss their writing process and their influences to their craft. Charles Fox (The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Love Boat, Happy Days), Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman (Carnivale, Heroes), Jeremy Zuckerman & Benjamin Wynn (Avatar the Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra) and additional special guests will discuss their contributions to TV theme music. Moderated by Anne Cecere, director of Film & TV relations of BMI, and Chandler Poling, White Bear PR founder. Attendees will get to see a select clip from the new series The Last Airbender: Legend of KorraRoom 213 

So, if you are going to be at WonderCon on Friday, let Wendy & Lisa school you on television composing!  They are always funny and insightful and the panel is sure to be interesting!

Watch Fox's New Series "Touch" and Listen to Wendy & Lisa!

Tonight, Thursday, March 15th, Fox (Network) will be re-airing the premier episode of "Touch".  In case you are un-aware, Touch is composed by the ever-talented Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin!  

Written and created by Tim Kring (who also worked with Wendy & Lisa on "Crossing Jordan" and "Heroes"), Touch is about 11 year-old Jake (David Mazouz) who neither communicates nor appears to understand much of what is going on around him.  His father, Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), tries desperately to form a bond with his son without any apparent success. Through a series of events, Bohm realizes that his son recognizes much more than anyone realizes.  The young Jake tries desperately to get his father to perform specific actions which will impact people around the world in a domino effect.

Touch is insightful, interesting, and complex.  What seems like completely unrelated people and events, from around the world, become woven together to make a tapestry of suspense and adventure.

If not for the great writing, watch Touch for the great score!  

Touch will begin its 'regular' schedule next week, Thursday, March 22nd at 9pm (EST).

To learn more about Touch, visit the official site: Touch Official Site