This time, it's personal
After 26 years as a full-time entertainer, in 1996, Wayne Willingham walked away. The years had taken their toll; He was disillusioned, bored, jaded, aimless. He changed careers - completely shifting gears, and achieved more than he ever thought possible. He'd left music behind, as a mostly fond memory. He wasn't looking back, but going forward.
Then nineteen years years later, somebody handed him a guitar...
No longer interested in night clubs and cover songs, Wayne returned to his roots. Like his singer/songwriter heroes Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Joni Mitchell and others, he rediscovered his own creative voice, writing his own songs and telling his own stories.
Three albums so far, and another in the works.
The voice is perhaps clearer and more expressive than before. The hands are back - just listen. The stage presence is that of a seasoned veteran. And there is that one thing that was missing before his sabbatical:
The sheer joy.