Steelhead Run is a song for anyone who wants to hear the story about bringing back the endangered southern steelhead trout to our southern California streams.
I rarely have an opportunity to mix my day job with my musical life but recently did with this new song, "Steelhead Run". I like to write songs about moments that move me in some way. As a watershed planner working to restore ecosystems from a watershed perspective, I've worked on endangered steelhead trout restoration projects for over a decade. Mary Larson, a mentor and leader in the steelhead recovery program, told me I should write a song about steelhead, so here it is. I love how the song mimics the movements of steelhead overcoming obstacles from the headwaters to the oceans and back up to the mountains on their migratory journey. We endeavor to bring down the barriers and other limiting factors so that steelhead can once again return to their native streams. The time is now. We can make a change. Special thanks to incredibly gifted and kind Grammy-nominated Tom Zink who produced, edited, recorded, mixed, and mastered the single. So many thanks and kudos to Tom on piano and percussion, Bob Moore (Disney artist) on guitar, and Grammy-nominated Suemy Gonzalez on violin creating this soulful song of the steelhead. Thanks to Mary Larson, John O'Brien, George Sutherland, Drew Irby, Ted Johnson, Tim Brick, Lewis MacAdams, Mark Capelli, Kerwin Russell, Sandi Jacobson, Stillwater Sciences, and many other champions of steelhead recovery. What's good for the fish is good for people!
Enter into a peaceful snow-filled world of beauty, nature, winter's lullabies, and the hope that Christmas brings as your heart soars with the artist's pure vocals and Grammy-nominated jazz arranger's original piano and guitar stellar musings.
Wendy Katagi is a songwriter who loves singing about her love for God, family, nature, and Christmas. She has produced two albums with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and arranger, Tom Zink, "Rise in Hope Again" (released in 2011) and now "Spirit of Christmas" (2013). Wendy studied piano and voice both privately and while attending UC Irvine. She is from a musical family. Her mother sings and teaches ukelele and leads the "Ukelele Jammers" at church. Her father does sound mixing at church. Wendy's grandfather, Larry Matsuda, was a self-taught musician who owned Larry's Music Store in Kapaa, Kauai. Wendy's daughter, Hannah, also loves music and singing. They often sing together.
Wendy has been a performer all her life. Besides singing and piano, Wendy studied "odori", Japanese classical dancing--performing on stages throughout CA from the age of 5. Wendy was strongly influenced by the music of Amy Grant in her younger years as well as Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, and more recently the pop opera singer Josh Groban. While at UC Irvine, Wendy sang in Broadway musicals, performed classic soprano art songs, choral music, and toured England, Scotland, and Wales. She also sang on a number of christian recordings including Maranatha Music, Vineyard Music, and Hope Chapel Music. Wendy volunteers in her church and often leads special music, conducts choir numbers, and performs in musicals. As a solo recording artist, Wendy has performed at the Nakano Theater, South Coast Botanic Garden, and many other venues throughout southern California. She also teaches voice and piano privately.
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