Wendy Moten

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Wendy Moten

Happiness and joy she brings, when you call her name, coming out of the rain. Remember that one? So what happened to Wendy Moten?

“Some people spend a lifetime
Looking for love
But I had love right here
All of the time
Why did I try to deny it
When deep inside
I just couldn’t fight it
You turned my life around
The love I lost is found
So let the rain come down”

Epic, power ballad lyrics from the middle eight of this early 90’s smash hit. Memphis born singer Wendy Moten released this outstanding track in late 1992, surprisingly it was only a minor hit in her home country, where it made No.55. It did however top the Japanese singles chart and did a little better ‘down under’ reaching No.52 in Australia. It wasn’t until January 1994 that it saw release in the United Kingdom and it hurled up the chart, peaking at No.8 and spending seven weeks in the top 40 there.

Wendy was born in 1965 and had sung in church choirs as a young girl. She got her big profession break singing with Michael Bolton at a benefit concert at the beginning of the 1990’s and was quickly snapped up by EMI Manhattan Records and work began furiously on her debut album. Self titled, it was released in August 1992 and was preceded by the single “Step By Step” which made No.66 on the US R&B chart but didn’t do much else beyond that.

“Wendy Moten” was a blink-and-you-miss-it chart entry Stateside although it did better in Japan after “Come In Out Of The Rain” went to number one. Once the song had hit the UK charts, the album was release there in February 1994 and made it to No.42. This was followed by the single “So Close To Love” which reached No.35 in the UK.

By now the album was two years old and Wendy has already begun writing and recording her follow up “Time For Change”, which was released in February 1995 and reached No.18 in Japan where she gained a second No.1 with “Change Of Heart” and a No.2 with “Your Love Is All I Know”.

Aside from her own career, Moten has worked as a backing and session singer for many other artists including Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, Keith Washington, Michael McDonald and John Oates of Hall & Oates. She contributed the song “Whatever You Imagine” for the 1994 film ‘The Pagemaster’ and the following year released a Christmas EP “Christmas Time” featuring her version of the classic “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” as well as her two hits “Come In Out Of The Rain” and “So Close To Love” for good measure!

Her third album “Life’s What You Make It” was released in 1996 and made No.67 in Japan, despite the title track giving Wendy her third number one single there! Since then she has released the holiday album “Tis The Season” in 2009 and “Timeless” in 2014, a collection of songs from American Jazz composer Richard Whiting.

Wendy has also toured with Soul II Soul and sang backing vocals on Bonnie Tyler’s ‘comeback’ album “Rocks And Honey” in 2013, which included her Eurovision Song Contest entry “Believe In Me”.

But perhaps we shall always remember her for her brief moment of global limelight and those early weeks of 1994 when star-crossed Valentine lovers everywhere, snuggled up with Wendy and a gorgeous love anthem that went something like this…

“You told me that you’d love me
If I’d ever change
Welcome me into your arms again
Come on in out of the rain”

Aaaaaaaaah.

Stay in touch with Wendy through her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

One comment

  1. That’s a blast from the past! ‘Come on in out of the rain’ is an epic song. My memories of this song (UK) are the radio station Atlantic 252 playing the hell out of it. I’m pretty sure it had many stabs at being released here before finally charting. Peaking at #8 in the UK, on it’s 2nd week of release and spending 7 weeks in the top 40

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