Wade Wayne was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1960. He began his singing career in the mid-1970s and was hailed as the latest prodigy produced by Yabby You through the Grove Music collective. His initial success came in 1976 with the single "Black Is Our Colour" which was released on the then newly formed Mango label. He followed up on the success of the single with an interpretation of the Paragons' song "Happy Go Lucky Girl," which demonstrates his refined vocals. The song was an instant hit and led to the release of a discomix in 1977 which featured DJ Prince Pompado on "I Kissed A Rose' on the b-side. Wade realized the potential of covering Paragon hits and subsequently recorded "On The Beach" which was equally popular, and also surfaced in discomix style with DJ Ranking Trevor.
Wade interpreted other rocksteady hits, including "Everybody Bawling", "I Can't Hide" and "You Don't Want Me". In the early 1980s he recorded with Dillinger for his Oak Sound productions. He appeared alongside Dillinger and the Tamlins, Al Campbell, and Trinity for the successful "Five Man Army." Other releases include "Kings Of Kings", "Now I Know" and, with Tommy McCook, "Riding Forward." In 1981 Wade enjoyed hits with the Linval Thompson produced "Round The World", "Tell Me What's Going On", "Poor And Humble" and "Down In Iran." By 1983, Wade settled in the Netherlands where he recorded a version of Lionel Richie's "Lady". He signed a contract with Epic Records that resulted in a summer re-release of "Lady." Wade has continued to record and perform since that time.
We welcome Wade Wayne to his debut SNWMF performance.