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Not to be confused with a heavy metal band that is also called Wayne, the focus of this bio is a very melodic and accessible alternative pop/rock band from Birmingham, AL. Despite its Deep South roots, this Wayne is not overly Southern-sounding; no one would mistake the Alabama quartet for Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas, or any other bands that have had a stereotypically Southern sound. The Southern band that Wayne has the most in common with is Georgia's R.E.M.; like R.E.M., Wayne shows a healthy appreciation of the Beatles and British Invasion rock. But not all of Wayne's influences are British Invasion or Brit-pop influences; the artists who have influenced Wayne come from North America (Neil Young, the Beach Boys) as well as Great Britain (Elton John, Radiohead). Wayne is a perfect example of a band that has both Baby Boomer and Generation X influences -- there are plenty of '60s and '70s influences on Wayne's debut album, Music on Plastic, but there are also plenty of alternative rock influences (including R.E.M. and Radiohead). Wayne was formed in 1997, when lead guitarist/singer Michael Swann started working with lead singer/guitarist Rodney Reaves(who wrote all of the songs on Music on Plastic except a cover of Elton John's 1973 classic "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road). Wayne's two other members are Justin Johnson(bass, vocals) and Jon Hornsby(drums). Playing around Birmingham, AL, and elsewhere in the Southeastern United States in the late '90s, Wayne created a buzz and developed a small regional following. In the early 2000s, Reaves landed a publishing deal with EMI, which funded the recording and producing of Music on Plastic. Thanks to EMI, Wayne had a finished product and began shopping it; TVT liked what it heard and signed the band. ~ Alex Henderson
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  2.   Head Up
  3.   Drop D
  4.   Figure It Out
  5.   Take Me Home
  6.   Temporary
  7.   All in All
  8.   Shooting at the Stars
  9.   Letterbox
  10.   Whisper
  11.   Slow Down
  12.   Be This Way
  13.   If You Leave
  14.   With Regards
  15.   Noose
  16.   Deep Bosom Woman
  17.   In My Life
  18.   Everyday,Every Night
  19.   Hands Up
  20.   I Do,I Love
  21.   I'm Saying No!
  22.   Automatic
  23.   Incredible
  24.   Jesus
  25.   Lift Jesus Higher
  26.   Longing
  27.   One Day
  28.   The Best Thing
  29.   We Praise You
  30.   Calling on Your Name
  31.   Closer to You
  32.   Emmanuel
  33.   Glorious
  34.   Here Iam
  35.   Holy Ghost Fire
  36.   It Feels Good
  37.   Love Songi
  38.   Take Control
  39.   Shelter Me
  40.   To Praise You
  41.   Worthy
  42.   Let Me See You
  43.   Ala Talalika
  44.   Ambuye Yesu
  45.   Lesa
  46.   Jehovah
  47.   Lesa Katebebe
  48.   Ndekula
  49.   Ni Munkumbu
  50.   Umweo
  51.   Yaweh
  52.   Yesu
  53.   My Rock
  54.   Lovely
  55.   Anything for You
  56.   A Question
  57.   Ina Diferent Style
  58.   Keep It Shinning
  59.   Nobody Else
  60.   Tata
  61.   Its Alright,Its Okay
  62.   Mwe Lesa
  63.   Imwe Lesa
  64.   Mubumi Bwandi

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