Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri
Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah
Virginia, Pennsylvania, Carolinas, Georgia, Florida
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana
Any time, y’all
Coffee house, listening rooms and house concerts preferred
In “The Ring”, his third album since coming out of musical retirement, Wayne lifts his writing, arranging, and recording skills to a higher, more masterful level.
Genre: Acoustic Pop/Folk/Americana - what you might hear on XM's Coffeehouse
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX originally from Detroit MI
Influences: Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, Kenny Rankin, Acoustic Alchemy, Stephen Stills, Lindsay Buckingham, Joni Mitchell.
Sounds like: Nobody has been quite able to narrow it down, but he does the best Wayne Willingham on the planet.
After 26 years, Wayne Willingham walked away from music, talented and successful, but disillusioned, bored, jaded, aimless. He changed careers, and achieved more than he ever thought possible. In late 2014, after nearly two decades away, he decided to pick up his guitar and try to knock off some of the rust. It worked.
The rust is long gone, and in its place, he rediscovered his own distinct sound, the passion of his earliest career, and most of all, his creative muse. Wayne is writing his own songs and telling his own stories. Two albums so far, "Stayed in Love Too Long" in 2017, and 2018's "YOYO". Each carefully-crafted song is unique, deeply personal, and resonates with listeners. They're sincere, playful, serious, and some just make you feel good. In August, Wayne was named as "One to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association, for "The Ring", title song from his third album, released in October 2019. He's not slowing down.
Always a strong performer but no longer interested in night clubs, Wayne returned to his roots - the coffeehouse/listening room atmosphere. He finally has the musical career he originally intended, and it's not for the applause or the ego or the money; This time, it's personal. Wayne now hits the road several times a year to bring his music to listeners all over the country. The voice is still there - perhaps clearer and more expressive. The hands are back - and then some. The stage presence is that of a seasoned veteran. And there is that one thing that was missing before his sabbatical: The sheer joy.
Upcoming Public Appearances
Sat Oct 26 Lone Star Wine Cellars - McKinney TX
Sun Nov 03 Landmark Bar & Kitchen - Fort Worth TX
Sat Nov 09 That Joint In Spicewood - Spicewood TX
Tue Feb 18 In The Music Room (Video shoot) - Waxahachie TX
Fri Jun 12 Black Rose Acoustic Society - Colorado Springs CO
Sun Jun 14 The Stone Cup Cafe - Lyons CO
Sun Jun 14 The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse - Boulder CO
Fri Jul 17 3rd Street Coffeehouse - Roanoke VA
Sat Jul 18 Village Arts Center - Broadway VA
Sun Jul 19 CommuniTea House Concerts - Glen Burnie MD
Mon Jul 20 The Evening Muse - Charlotte NC
(check the Website for latest info)
An easy going collection of original singer-songwriter pieces (and one uniquely arranged cover) showcasing a confident, experienced artist at the top of his game.
Wayne Willingham's new CD, "Stayed In Love Too Long" passed the 'first listen test' with flying colors. It's been a pleasure since the first run through and only gets better over time.
Right from the beginning of his set, Wayne drew the full house crowd in with his larger than life spirit and old friends’ approach to performing. It was Wayne’s house and crowd all night as he connected with heartfelt stories and songs of loves, battles and causes won and lost. His vocals were right on target and his guitar playing the perfect accompaniment – elegant and clean, obviously the product of decades of playing. His wry and wise observations about life and its ups and downs served as great transitions and introductions all night long, over two hours of great music.
- Bob Schmucker, 3rd Street Coffeehouse Roanoke, VA
We were fortunate to host a house concert featuring Mr. Wayne Willingham. Wow! What a performance! Wayne is a FANTASTIC singer-songwriter and performer, blending humor in with his stories. I don't know where he finds the energy, but he drove a long way to get here and sang for nearly 2 hours... We would welcome him back with open arms anytime. I highly recommend you get to one of his shows, if you can't get to a show, create one! If you can't do that, buy his CDs.
- Marie Tyler, CommuniTea House Concerts Glen Burney, MD
The thing about your love songs is that there is optimism without foolishness, heartbreak without anger. Knowing that this is you is so admirable. "I can still recall when I heard about Eliza. It's nobody's fault, these things happen time to time." Content-wise, that's up there with "Children of a Lesser God."'
- A fan, Bossier City, LA
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Live Show Reviews: https://www.waynewillingham.com/show-reviews