b. c.1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Wayne gained valuable experience through his association with Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, the legendary guitarist noted for his High Times Band, who allowed him access to recording sessions at Studio One and Channel One. Wayne received vocal training from luminaries such as Jennifer Lara, Freddie McGregor and Beres Hammond while Sly And Robbie guided him in production techniques. He formed an association with Cleveland Browne and Dalton Browne who enrolled his assistance in producing Anthony Johnson and Home T at King Tubby’s studio. Wayne also worked at Channel One alongside Joseph ‘Joe Joe’ Hookim before relocating to the UK. Singers such as Junior Reid, Frankie Paul and Bob Marley as well as DJs Prince Pompidou and Joseph Cotton influenced him. In 1994, he enjoyed success as Ricky Wayne with the release of ‘Missing You’, which established his career as a performer. His vocal styling has led critics to compare him to his acknowledged influences and he has earned ‘nuff respect’ within the reggae music community. He has been involved in a number of recording sessions in the UK, working with Gussie Prento, Mykey Simpson and the A-Class Crew at Fashion Records studios. In 1996, he enjoyed another notable hit, ‘Til The Morning Come’, coupled with Andy Campbell’s ‘Can’t Stop Me Now’ and the favoured ‘Special To Me’. Outside of the reggae industry he has worked with Boy George, David Maurice and Ishmael Pamphille of Real World. Hits in 1999 include the advisory ‘Render Your Heart’ and the unabashed ‘Worthy To Be Praised’.
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