The four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, The Voice, aired its 21st season this year and featured a showstopping Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music alumni, Wendy Moten.
Born and raised in Memphis, Moten got her start singing early with her time with the Overton High School Choir. Moten’s career has taken her all around the United States and even overseas to Japan.
“Wendy Moten is without a doubt one of the greatest vocal talents to ever come out of Memphis,” said Sam Shoup, Coordinator of Popular Music at Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, and friend of Moten. “She attended the University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State University, in the early 80s, but then left school to tour with her band MVP. In 1994 she recorded her hit “Come in Out of the Rain.” She has since been in high demand as a background singer for acts such as Julia Iglesias, Martina McBride and Vince Gill.”
As a member of Blake Shelton’s team, Moten triumphed through the Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, and Knockouts and the Live Performance Shows.
Moten placed second in the competition.
“You are a living testament to: ‘Just don’t give up on your dream. Keep going,’” Shelton said at one point, and told the cameras, “I want this for Wendy. She’s never been in the spotlight, she’s always been backing up someone else. This is her moment. She’s one of the greatest vocalists on ‘The Voice,’ ever.”