Introducing Wyatt Waddell, Chicago's 'Boy Wonder'
June 6, 2018
Chicago, IL – June 6, 2018. Wyatt Waddell has been described as Chicago’s “Boy Wonder” for his complex melodies, exuberant presence and powerful yet versatile vocal range, which moves seamlessly between the raspy timbre of James Brown to the melodic whimsy of Paul McCartney. Though his musicality recalls the old greats, his inventive and playful approach is entirely new. A multi-instrumentalist known for his perfect pitch and instinctive songwriting, Waddell’s talents are on full display in his upcoming single, “Time (Don’t Let Me Go),” due to be released on Friday, June 22.
The youngest child in a family of four, Wyatt grew up in Chicago’s West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. His grandmother taught him piano at a young age, marveling at how quickly he mastered the instrument. While in high school, Waddell enrolled in the program Intonation Music Workshop, where he excelled in drums, bass, guitar and vocals. His innate stage presence quickly became apparent as he performed with Intonation’s citywide All-Star Band. After graduating, Wyatt stayed on as an instructor for Intonation, where he met producer Jayson Rose. The two quickly bonded over their love for songwriting greats of the past and began jamming together. This friendly collaboration quickly led to the expressive and unique sound heard today.
Rose, in partnership with Chicago media head William Giannopoulos of The Minimal Beat, has launched the music development collective Rosebud to bring Wyatt Waddell to a wider audience. Wyatt has been bubbling at the edges of the Chicago underground and is now set to bring his infectious mix of R&B, pop and funk into the music world.
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