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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.   Drop D
  3.   Lesa Katebebe
  4.   Ina Diferent Style
  5.   Mwe Lesa
  6.   Whisper
  7.   Worthy
  8.   In My Life
  9.   Automatic
  10.   It Feels Good
  11.   Jesus
  12.   With Regards
  13.   Its Alright,Its Okay
  14.   Yesu
  15.   Holy Ghost Fire
  16.   I Do,I Love
  17.   Temporary
  18.   Figure It Out
  19.   Nobody Else
  20.   Here Iam
  21.   Lovely
  22.   If You Leave
  23.   Umweo
  24.   Imwe Lesa
  25.   Shooting at the Stars
  26.   Ala Talalika
  27.   Calling on Your Name
  28.   Ni Munkumbu
  29.   Take Me Home
  30.   Closer to You
  31.   Lift Jesus Higher
  32.   Emmanuel
  33.   Glorious
  34.   Shelter Me
  35.   Head Up
  36.   A Question
  37.   Lesa
  38.   Longing
  39.   Everyday,Every Night
  40.   One Day
  41.   All in All
  42.   We Praise You
  43.   The Best Thing
  44.   Letterbox
  45.   To Praise You
  46.   I'm Saying No!
  47.   Tata
  48.   Slow Down
  49.   Ndekula
  50.   Be This Way
  51.   Hands Up
  52.   Mubumi Bwandi
  53.   Yaweh
  54.   Jehovah
  55.   Incredible
  56.   Take Control
  57.   Keep It Shinning
  58.   Let Me See You
  59.   Love Songi
  60.   Ambuye Yesu
  61.   Anything for You
  62.   My Rock
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