Wendy Rae Fowler is an American composer, producer, and singer based in the UK. She’s known for her work in the experimental rock band We Fell to Earth, as well as for her numerous collaborations with Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, U.N.K.L.E., and Maya Jane Coles.
Her early years were spent singing in the church & school choirs and listening to Patsy Cline and Pink Floyd. In her late teens, an interest in the arts took her to Los Angeles on a performing arts scholarship where she became immersed in the local music scene. This led to a deeper interest in songwriting and an obsession with guitars.
Within a couple of years, she joined Earthlings?, the Joshua Tree based space rock collective co-founded by Pete Stahl (Scream, Goatsnake, Wool), Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal), and Fred Drake.
Work with Earthlings? led to a decade-long series of collaborations with Josh Homme. She contributed vocals to Queens of the Stone Age’s second album, Rated R (2000), under the pseudonym Wendy Rae Moan, and was enlisted by Homme as a contributor to Eagles of Death Metal’s second album, Death By Sexy (2006). She also appeared in four of QOTSA’s videos during this period.
Also during her stint with Earthlings?, Wendy crossed paths with Mark Lanegan, resulting in collaborations on his albums Field Songs (2001), Here Comes That Weird Chill (2003), and Bubblegum (2004). She contributed vocals and piano alongside a variety of notable artists including Mike Johnson (Dinosaur Jr.), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Duff McKagen (Guns and Roses), Jeffrey Lee Pierce (Gun Club), and PJ Harvey.
From early 2000, Wendy began playing the circuit in Los Angeles with multiple acts including More (Charlie Wadhams), Brian Waters & the Sounds of Dynamite (The Flash Express), and alongside friend and fellow musician Chris Watson in the short-lived band, Love Lies Sleeping, whose debut album was produced by Alex Ebert, aka Edward Sharpe.
During this time, Wendy expanded her musical interests and began experimenting with different instrumentation and soundscapes.
In 2005, Wendy met Richard File from U.N.K.L.E. Similar musical influences led the pair to schedule a series of writing sessions. Shortly after, Wendy moved to London and We Fell to Earth was formed. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. Described as “brutal and beautiful” by The Sunday Times and “eerie and unforgettable” by The Guardian, the band garnered a devoted following, despite issues that prevented the album from being widely available on streaming services. The pair toured extensively throughout Europe alongside Air, The Big Pink, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Numerous tracks were featured in the television shows Gossip Girl, CSI: New York, and The Prisoner. In 2010, the pair composed the theme song to AMC’s award-winning television series The Killing. In 2011, We Fell to Earth was placed on hiatus as Richard and Wendy pursued other creative interests.
Wendy has continued to write and record as a solo artist, initially as Katie Cruel and most recently under her own name. Her music has been featured in a variety of television and film productions, including the critically acclaimed film Jeune et Jolie. She has collaborated with a variety of artists including Maya Jane Coles, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, Gavin Clark & Toydrum, U.N.K.L.E., Timo Mass, and Yawning Sons. In 2017, Wendy composed the original musical score for the critically acclaimed BBC documentary film A Year in an English Garden: Flicker + Pulse. She is currently composing the original score for the documentary film Clay + Bone featuring Will Self, and working on a full-length album slated for 2021 release.