Held in high regard, Detroiter Wayne Gerard combines his mastery of the guitar with his love for production and composition to produce the total package.
The first concert Wayne ever saw was the rock group KISS. This show ignited his passion with the guitar and he quickly went from comic book nerd to fronting his own band by age 15! This passion took him on a musical journey that has spanned rock, blues, Hip-Hop, punk, funk and eventually to Wayne State University where he studied Jazz Composition. He was awarded the Liberace scholarship and this experience gave him the foundation he needed to become the musician he is today. The pivotal point in Gerard's musical development came when he met Bob James, whose sophisticated and jazzy approach enabled Wayne to cross genres with inspired vision.
With numerous recordings and productions under his belt, he has also toured and performed with the likes of Bob James, Stevie Wonder, Angela Bofill, Warren Hill, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor and many others. He has scored 10 feature length and short films as well as providing music for numerous film trailers and commercials. He was one of only 15 artists on MP3.com to get over a million downloads and his song 'Blue Mesa' was no. 1 on the charts for over 6 months!! He licenses music from his extensive catalog for TV and film and currently has music in over 50 shows from KUWTK, Oprah, History Channel and more.
Wayne's first CD under his own name was released in 2007. 'Outside In' was his first solo foray into pop, R&B, Hip Hop and Jazz. He is currently putting the final touches on a CD that takes his soulful, blues-based guitar style and puts it to much-loved pop songs he's heard growing up. It's called 'Hearing Voices' and it will be the first of many CDs to focus on strictly vocal-based music from Wayne's early years. "I will always have a soft spot in my heart for jazz but I truly loved the songs my mom played in the house when I was a boy. I also have songs that I heard on the radio growing up that make me feel good every time I hear them. These songs take me back to simpler times. I hope my voice on the guitar brings listeners to that same feeling when they hear this CD!"
Look for 'Hearing Voices' this fall with live shows to follow!
NATIONAL ARTISTS GIGS
Pieces of a Dream
Grover Washignton, Jr
LOCAL ARTISTS GIGS
Norma Jean Bell
STUDIO RECORDINGS (Sideman)
Bob James - "Joy Ride"
Marian Meadows "Soul City"
Bob James - "Urban Flamingo" (co-wrote title track)
Al Turner - "Movin'"
Leroy Hyter - "Frederick Douglass Project"
Althea Rene - "Unstoppable"
Jazz FM - "Ocean Drive"
Wayne Gerard - "Outside In"
WG - "Vision"
Dave McMurray - "NuLife Stories"
Dave McMurray - "Soul Searching"
Dave McMurray - "Peace of Mind"
Dave McMurray - "My Brother and Me"
Paul Randolph - "In the Company of Others"
Ron Otis - Forthcoming
Afro Cubano Chant Vol 2 - Self-titled
King Gordy - "The Entity"(Eminem exec-produced) - the song "Stress" produced by WG
Paradime - "Better Days" (Kid Rock writer/rapper/DJ) produced by WG
Paradime - "Mr Dime" (Kid Rock writer/rapper/DJ) produced by WG
Paradime - "Oh No!" (Kid Rock writer/rapper/DJ) produced by WG
The Motor City Horns - "The Introduction" produced by WG
Bugs Beddow - "Yudaman" co-produced by WG
Patti Smith - "The Hunter Gets the Game" (not released)
Carolyn Striho - "Reminiscing About The Future"
Rayse Biggs - "For the Love of It"
STUDIO RECORDINGS (Self)
Madonna - "Music", Maverick (white label)
Peter Gabriel - "Shock the Monkey", Real World (20th aniversary remix)
Tony Yayo ft, Young Buck - "So Seductive", Aftermath
Pitchshifter "Get Up", Sanctuary
Dr. Fink (keyboardist for Prince and The Revolution) "Ultrasound", CD Baby
Atmospheria Vol 1
Atmospheria Vol 2
Hammersmith Odeon Theatre
Newport Jazz Festival
Sea Breeze Jazz Festival
Detroit International Jazz Festival
Winter Park Jazz Festival
San Francisco Symphony
2014 I Behind the Door
2011 Henry Dobbs
2011 The Senator's Daughter
2011 Blind Dates
2010 Paranormal Proof
2010 The Verdict
2010 Flowers for Norma
2005 Waiting on Alphie
2005 Soccer Mom
Liberace Scholarship at Wayne State University
Best Produced Jazz CD (Bugs Beddow, "Yudaman", Produced by WG, AL Ayoub and Bugs) Metro Times Music Awards
Best Jazz Ensemble 3X w Alexander Zonjic
Winner, Sony Remix contest (Geri King "Not the Man")