She is classically trained in the violin, knows, by her own words, little of the contemporary music scene and started playing guitar because her roommates could not appreciate the sound of a violin? No, with only that information nobody would give Wanthanee Wadngam a single chance of winning Studio Brussels “De Nieuwe lichting”. Yet she did. In 2016 she won this national competition and people got to know the “nightingale of De Panne” or “the London Grammar of the lowlands”, two descriptions giving to her and used by the national press. With her acoustic guitar and her impressive voice, she benumbed hords of crowds at major festivals (Pukkelpop, Leffingeleuren, Crammerock) and passed through basically every venue in Belgium. As a headliner but aswell as support for among others George Ezra, Starsailor and Amongster. Her music did not only hit home in Belgium; Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, the US, South Korea, and Taiwan are just a few places Wanthanee was able to add to her already impressive resume.
There has been no shortage of adventure for the past five years. W A N T H A N E E, her first solo album, has been on the shelves since October 20. The singer-songwriter didn’t realize this overnight, something that can be heard in the exploration of depth and the lyrics filled with real personal meaning. For the first time, she went in search of the right arrangements together with partner and producer Orson Wouters (transistorcake, Aili, Sleepers Reign). In addition to guitar, piano and violin play an important role musically, while the lyrics reflect her personal search for an identity and dealing with major life events. This leads to a gem that Wanthanee confirms more than ever as… herself. Her broad, warm voice still reaches out like a comforting shoulder while the rich arrangements draw the listener more than ever into her thoughts, her outlook on life and her universe. It’s lovely lounging there, take it from us.