She initially started singing on the front steps of her home whom she shared with three sisters and one brother.
Wanda remembers how they would all sing in harmony singing various songs and how she would be the one to lead in singing most of them. Like many other great singers who have been blessed with the Gift of singing, Wanda also sang in choirs at Union Star Baptist Church and Union Spring Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Christ Temple Baptist Church of Shreveport.
During her High School days at Union High School, Wanda sang with the Swing Band there and she also had the pleasure of singing with Well Known Recording Artist ‘Dorsey Summerfield’ who also attended Union High School.
After graduating from Union High School, May of 1967 Wanda moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she started working for Honeywell Corporation and the Minnesota Telephone Company by day and by night frequenting the Night Clubs there. This would be Wanda’s first introduction and Trail Blazing contribution to the Minneapolis 'Midwest Funk' sound when she began sitting in on sets and before she knew it; she was singing with the Soul Sensations-a female vocalist group who traveled a lot with bookings at various Hotel, Clubs etc. They played regularly at Dirty Girty’s in St. Paul and Cozy Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota owned by Jimmy Fuller.
In 1970, the Soul Sensations finally ended up in the Recording Studio and it was there when she was asked by Producer Elijah McIntosh to record Aretha Franklin's version of ‘Save Me’. After recording an A & B side ‘Take Care’, those are the only two songs that Wanda can claim to recording. Because of that, this makes her music very rare. (puts her music in a very unique category because she has newfound success after all of these years of absence from the secular music scene. She sang a little while after recording before heading South again.
She now resides in Garland, Texas where she is retired, and is married to a wonderful man named Samuel Riley.
Wanda often sings at Weddings, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions and certainly singing in the Church Choir currently at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Thanking GOD constantly for her Gifts and Talents, she plans to pursue them further as she enjoys her new found fame as she looks forward to heading back into the Recording Studio real soon. Wanda is also a proud parent of one daughter; and two grandchildren as well.