(born January 26
) is an American guitarist
, best known for her work with Prince
. Coming from a musical family, Wendy is sister to the late Smashing Pumpkins
touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin
and daughter to jazz pianist
(and former NARAS
president) Michael Melvoin
. In addition, she is the twin
sister of singer and composer Susannah Melvoin
One of Michael Melvoin's friends was session musician Gary Coleman; Coleman's daughter Lisa Coleman
became friends with Wendy Melvoin when they were children. Coleman eventually became one of the backup musicians for Prince
, and introduced Melvoin to Prince during the sessions for 1999
. Prince was impressed with Melvoin's guitar playing while in a hotel room, and Melvoin would replace guitarist Dez Dickerson in 1983. Both Coleman and Melvoin became members of the newly designated band The Revolution
. The band experienced the explosive popularity of Purple Rain
, and recorded two additional albums with Prince, Around the World in a Day
, the soundtrack to Prince's film Under The Cherry Moon
Shortly after the completion of the Parade project, Melvoin and Coleman left the Revolution, and started their own musical duo, Wendy and Lisa
(later known as Girl Bros). The duo also collaborate on musical scores for motion picture and television. They have scored the music for the NBC shows Crossing Jordan
, the latter of which won the duo the 2007 Film & TV Music Award
for Best Score for a Science Fiction Television Program.
Melvoin has also worked as a producer and studio musician on her own, working with artists such as Lisa Germano, Nina Gordon, Sheryl Crow, Liz Phair, Scritti Politti, Neil Finn, k.d. lang, Nerina Pallot and Eric Clapton. They also contributed a remix of the Gwen Stefani track "The Real Thing" on the Love. Angel. Music. Baby. album.
She has recently been credited with playing guitar on the track "She's Not Me" on Madonna's 2008 album Hard Candy, and is mentioned by name in the song.