2006 Founder Award – Movie Soundtrack Song of the Year – 16th Annual LA Music Awards “Candle”
By degree, Gwendolyn Edwards is an Industrial Engineer, who practices engineering part-time while pursuing her creative interests in filmmaking, music, and acting.
Gwendolyn grew up on a Midwest farm in a musical family, performing with her father’s band from the age of 11. After completing her bachelor’s degree on academic scholarship at 21, Gwendolyn moved to the east coast to take a job in strategic consulting for fortune 100 companies. She was practicing engineering by day and performing music by night when she was discovered by a film producer shooting on location near her town. Gwendolyn was subsequently cast as the female lead in that film, “The Last Confederate,” which garnered her two Best Actress nominations in NY and LA, and received worldwide distribution. The experience brought her to Los Angeles, and she went on to perform leading roles in 12 other acclaimed films as well as onstage, garnering her accolades from TV Guide and LA Times, and 2 more Best Actress nominations.
Living in LA, Gwendolyn continued to hone her skills as a musician and singer/songwriter and has published several original songs in movie soundtracks. Today she is working on recording her 1st EP, and has formed a superb acoustic group, The Gwendolyn Edwards Band, that performs regularly at the Troubadour, House of Blues, and other venues across Southern CA. She was recently commissioned by the United Nations to write the theme song for the 2014 Amazon Reforestation Benefit concert, happening in Brazil!
Today, Gwendolyn is performing as one of the first female characters in a highly anticipated 2K Games franchise, debuting this fall. She is also combining her business background with her talents in music and acting to co-produce the music-driven Rock and Roll feature film, “The Bridge,” with rock stars from Def Leppard, The Pixies, The Ministry, T.S.O.L., Twisted Sister and Thin Lizzie. She is excited to bring all of her passions together to help bring this inspiring story to life.