Wendy Simmons-Taylor studied music at Hunter College in New York City and upright bass with famed jazz bassist Milt Hinton. She played in her first all-girl band, "Sugar Lewis," "Tequila Sunrise," and her first latin band, "Orchestra Cobre Libre."
While in New York, she met Vicki Sue Robinson. The two played around New York and soon Vicki's album on RCA Records took off. Wendy became the touring bass player for Vicki Sue Robinson on her "Turn the Beat Around" tour and recorded on Vicki’s second album. She played top venues throughout the country and appeared on major TV shows (Midnight Special, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, etc...) with Vicki.
Wendy met her future husband, Butch Taylor, while in Vicki's band. They began writing original music together and performed in many local bands. In 1981 Wendy toured throughout the Far East and Pacific theater in the all-female rock band, "Fire," for the D.O.D. U.S.O. show.
Wendy has also performed and recorded with salsa band, "Vinny & Ray Orchestra" on their debut 1998 CD "Only the Beginning. Salsa became a passion for her. She has worked with Carmen Gloria on Reggaeton and Bachata CDs. Carmen Gloria is the vocalist on Peace At Om's 3rd CD, “Colors of Love,” on the song, “Colores de Amor.”
Wendy performed with the all-female band, “Sister Funk,” from 1999-2003, and recorded on the 2001 release, "Pursuit of the Groove" and 2003 release,"Girl."
Thumping out the funky, bluesy bass with Butch Taylor & the Penetrators, 10 piece original band, Wendy co-wrote many of the songs on the 2000 release, "Don't Tell Me Nothin."