THE UNDISCLOSED STORY OF A MAJOR LABEL RECORDING ARTIST
Kept under a shroud of secrecy until its release, BACKSTAGE Nashville gives an inside view of the music industry from the point of view of a small-town boy entering major label record negotiations and working with major recording artists. The book is capturing the attention of the entertainment news industry for its never before revealed details regarding racial climate challenges within the industry and how one of Warner’s songs impacted the career of superstar Taylor Swift. It also takes on the mechanics of the music industry and celebrates the new world of independent artists.
Wayne and his sons
Artist’s ranging from the Statlor Brothers Jimmy fortune, Linda Davis, to Taylor Swift, pop icon “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler and even Olympic Gold medalist Greg Louganis have sang on his records. After time away from the spot light, Wayne Warner re-emerges with a loud book, a new album in progress and voice stronger, confident and seasoned with more of life.
Still known for his chart topping country dance hit “Turbo Twang”, defining the artist has been a challenge to all who attempt it. From his image to his music, he is freshly unique in every sense. Intensely private, the artist has always liked to fly under the radar of celebrity even at career heights. His look, a unique blend of Hollywood and his home state of Vermont, is described as “messy elegance”. And, when it comes to his music –or anything else for that matter, he dodges being labeled saying with a grin “I will be in a box soon enough.” He has however always used whatever celebrity status he is offered for a larger good which he says "gives reason for his work".
From a musical family in Northern VT., He made several trips to Nashville to align himself with famed producer Harold Shedd (Alabama, Shania Twain, Billy Ray Cyrus, Toby Keith) and joined the Atlantic Records roster until their closing. Now on B-venturous Records, the singer is an advocate for independent artists and has little fear of taking on the statuesque of the music industry. When time allows he involves himself with his associated “Melodical Hearts foundation”. An organization he founded to use the power of music to make a difference. “For me”, says Warner, “it’s not about how high you get on a chart, it’s about what you can do with however high you get”.
Wayne Warner doesn’t fit the mold.” Says Music City News: “Which mold, you ask? Doesn’t matter: Pick any mold you like; Warner doesn’t conform to its expectations. He is, for example, a rebel by appearance, from the tattoo on his arm to his careless coiffure. Yet in his conversation he is the soul of gentility, deferentially polite, not to mention urbane and imaginative; he speaks the way many musicians wish they could write, in a flow of witty twists and metaphors that suggest a rare verbal virtuosity.”
From his amazingly crafted writing skills that not only contain great messages – but do so with hooks you can’t shake, to a vocal delivery that you feel. Rooted in country, the former Atlantic artist brings an undefined blend of Americana, old time rock, pop and even Christian. His one-time producer, the legendary Harold Shedd, stated that, With Wayne Warner, you don’t just hear the songs, you feel them”. His ballads especially are delivered with breathless authority yet with some vulnerability. “Sung with the emotion of a thousand men crying”, says Fox News Joey Salvia“. His albums are a journey that only seems to last seconds, but leaves you refreshed with its own sound, fun beats, ballads, feelings and thoughts containing his signature sound but a bit more in your face. They are “Artists Albums” that color’s and paints many moods of audio art. “With Wayne Warner, you don’t only hear the songs, you FEEL them”, says former producer Harold Shedd. From power ballads that tap into your emotions to the somewhat theatrical rocking back and forth dialogue with Bonnie Tyler on “Something Going On”. "Given the range of the emotions Warner has felt over the past few years, I have to say this might be the best I have ever heard him sing", says Billboards Chuck Dauphin. "The lyrics are emotionally packed and Warner wrings the most out of them".
His charity works which has been successful in raising awareness to many causes he is passionate about with drug and alcohol addiction, Foster care and adoption and social equality. His song/video “God Bless The Children” featuring Taylor Swift, The Jordanaires and the all-star Nashville choir became the most successful PSA for The Dave Thomas Foundation (Wendys).