Virginia Wagner, a singer-songwriter with roots firmly in the Greenwich Village folk-pop scene, released her debut album, BROKEN HEARTED ANGEL (AW7007), on Anvil Records in May 1994.
Immediately embraced by folk radio programmers and disk jockeys across the country, cuts are presently being aired on over 100 radio stations. It has been the featured album on "Acoustic Woods," a syndicated radio show, as well as on stations in Connecticut, New York, Alaska, and Ohio.
John Weingart, host of "Music You Can't Hear on the Radio," a show that has aired since 1974 on WPRB-Princeton, NJ listed BROKEN HEARTED ANGEL as one of the "ten most interesting and wonderful records" he played for the first time in 1994. He is not alone in that opinion.
Gene Shay, an on-air personality at WHYY and WXPN in Philadelphia for the last 31 years is an enthusiastic and vocal supporter of Virginia Wagner's music since first broadcasting the album last summer.
Dirty Linen Magazine called Ms. Wagner "an inventive and interesting singersongwriter, well worth listening to." They compared her to Nanci Griffith, but "with a darker edge."
Rich Warren, a DJ on WFMT-Chicago, wrote of BROKEN HEARTED ANGEL in Sing Out! saying "The poetry in these songs rates a cut above the crowd...at least one brilliant image illuminates most of the songs like a flashbulb." He concluded his review by saying, "Wagner is a find among new singer-songwriters.''
Influenced by songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn and John Hiatt, Virginia Wagner writes what she calls "verbal/musical landscapes," and although her songs explore the darker side of human emotion, her on-stage personality is remarkably sunny and her in-between song conversation frequently evokes laughter from the audience. One night she informed the room that "BROKEN HEARTED ANGEL was going to be Number One with a Prozac."
Virginia Wagner's guitar of choice is an Ovation Shallowback Elite with built-in graphic EQ, but she has been known to stroll out on stage with her beloved Strat and do an entire show plugged in.
For the last five years she has toured up and down the east coast appearing as the featured artist at the main pop venues in Manhattan, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. She has sppeared at the Hard Rock Cafe and Lee's Palace in Toronto, and hopes to see BROKEN HEARTED ANGEL released in Europe so she can tour there, too
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