Wé McDonald is a Paterson, New Jersey native born in Harlem, New York. She is an 18 year old scholarship student attending William Paterson University. She attended high school at the Passaic County Technical Institute with a concentration in Theater as an honor student. She was accepted to two prestigious University Jazz studies programs at William Paterson and The New School.
Wé’s musical and arts training has been diverse and comprehensive as she has studied acting, dance and music. Since the age of 6 she has received piano and vocal. She is a Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) alum; where she studied acting and vocal. She began her vocal and piano training in the classics evolving into a unique musical genius covering Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Opera.
In 2015, Wé appeared on the stage of the world famous Apollo Theater competing in the Amateur Night competition. She shattered records by winning four times as the youngest performer to place in the Adult category in the history of the legendary venue. Wé has also appeared as a vocalist at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Forbes Women’s Summit, National Urban League Awards, Wal-Mart Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, Minton’s Jazz Club, internationally in the British Virgin Island and the Berklee School of Music with Paquito D’Rivera. She has acted in lead roles in theatrical adaptations of Man of La Mancha, 42nd Street, Disney’s The Lion King KIDS, and Annie.
Wé has trained at Diller Quaille School of Music, Dove Tail Studios for Acting, Chimera Concepts for dance, the Harlem School of the Arts for theatre, piano and voice under the tutelage of Yolanda Wyns, HSA Music Director.
She was the recipient of the 2015 Clive Davis Music Moguls Merit Scholarship and a Prep Student Merit Scholarship Award recipient for three years at the Harlem School of the Arts. She is a member of the Dorothy Maynor Singers and featured vocalist on the HSA All-Stars’ 2015 album recording, “Evolution”, showcasing music prodigies in the Jazz genre. She has been recognized as “Talent of the Week” in Tween Girl Style Magazine and Macy’s Best New Vocal Talent 2016.
Wé received national recognition as a finalist on Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice where she wowed audiences as well as celebrity coaches. Currently, Wé is a NEON ambassador for Paul Mitchell’s Neon haircare line. Neon haircare line stands against bullying and encourages girls to stand out and be themselves. While taking career-building steps, Wé is set to release new music Fall 2017.
“There will never be another voice on the planet like Wé.” – Alicia Keys