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February 2023
Connecting Point, on Station NEPM in Springfield, highlights Wanda as "The Diva of Berkshire County"
You can see the breadth of her work at Facebook

Wanda Houston is not only the lead vocalist for Heth, Bradley & Houston, the Wanda Houston Band and Big & Bigger, she also lends her talent to regional projects including the Convergence Progect, Mothership Trio, The VT Jazz Center Big Band and the NOLA inspired Rejuvenators.

For years, Houston sustained a bi-coastal career performing on stages with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Patti Austin, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Rick Astley and Sam Harris. A private scholarship in opera temporarily took her to USC where she prepared for the Met auditions. It was at this juncture she realized musical theater was her future.

Meanwhile, she toured with Motown legends Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, and The Platters while performing with tribute band, The Marvelous Marvelettes. Later, she joined the cast of Michael Jackson's production of Larry Harts "Sisterella!" and toured through Germany, Austria and Australia.

After the tours, she made the move to New York City in the cast of "A Good Swift Kick."  and was later cast in the New York company of "Menopause the Musical".  She was "Negro Woman" on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" staring John C. Reilly and Natasha Richardson and was a soloist with the Broadway Inspirational Voices who received a Grammy nomination for its Christmas album, "Great Joy."

Other NYC credits include the John Tuturro film "Romance and Cigarettes" and featured soloist in RCA's recording of William Finn's, "Infinite Joy".

September 16, 2022

Berkshire Magazine has released the names of this year's Berkshire 25. The ninth annual selection recognizes individuals who are the most dedicated, the most creative, and the most influential people in their fields:

"Wanda Houston is our very own Berkshire diva. Born in Chicago, she started singing in gospel choirs, and has performed in LA, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia. In 2006, she settled in the Berkshires full-time, drawing us in with a mesmerizing mix of mid-20th century jazz and R&B. The Wanda Houston Band performs to packed crowds, from The Mount in Lenox to The Barn in Egremont. Playing forward her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, she sang the sorrow songs of Berkshire native son W. E. B. Du Bois at his 153rd birthday commemorative in February 2021. 'This is the most beautiful place to live,' says Houston. 'I could not be happier." Neither could we.'

Locally, since arriving in New England, she has been on the stages of...

..and in smaller club venues such as the...

In the beginning...
Wanda early in her career

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