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

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