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Although Reggae Dancehall deejays (rappers) must be lyrically tough, unleashing rapid‐fire guns in the ghetto rhymes and inflated sexual boastings, Reggae Dancehall singers can attain great popularity sensitively cooing about a new found love, melodically lamenting a love gone wrong and emotionally conveying other oh-so-tender concerns. The sensual, honeyed vocals of Wayne Wonder have made him a consistent hitmaker with both extraordinary songs for lovers and the streets since the late 80s.

Born Von Wayne Charles on July 26 in Buff Bay, Portland, Wayne’s initial singing inspiration came from attending Sunday school, where singing was compulsory, and from his mother who sang in church. The first producer Wayne recorded for was the legendary creator of dub, the late King Tubby, then he moved on to some of the greats such as Dave Kelly, Tony CD Kelly, Donovan Germaine's Penthouse Records, Steve "Lenky" Marsden, Steelie, and Cleevie, Bobby Digital, Don Corleon, Sly and Robbie, No Doubt's Tony Kanal and Froggy Di Badda General to name a few.  Wayne achieved several hits with Penthouse covering the work of American artists including Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," PM Dawn's "Die Without You" and En Vogue's "Hold On." In 1993 he pledged he would focus on recording original material. Since then, Wayne has co-written hits for other artists including Buju Banton's "Deportees" and "Murderer". Wayne says, "I don't feel proud if I cannot sing my songs, it's a different feeling that it gives you than singing someone else's song. How can I be touring and singing other people's songs? I'm supposed to be touring and singing my songs!"

Wayne recorded many hits in the mid to late 90s, including "Joyride," "Bashment Gal," and "Keep Them Coming." Wayne introduced an extra dimension with "Let Your Conscience Set You Free," recorded in combination with his alter ego, deejay Surprize. “Really, I'm the deejay as well as the singer, that is the surprise.” Surprize was also featured on several tracks of Wayne's 2001 release. Wayne launched his own record label Singso Music in 2000 and has released singles by several artists including Baby Cham, Alley Cat, Frankie Sly, and Mr. Easy.

In 2002, Wayne earned one of the biggest songs to date, pledging a lifetime of devotion to the sweetly romantic hit "No Letting Go". Steve "Lenky" Marsden, the multi-talented musician and producer, whose hypnotic Diwali rhythm track supports Wayne's sweet serenading on "No Letting Go" is one of the featured producers on the album, along with heavy hitters Tony Kelly and Sly Dunbar. Much of the pre‐production work was done in Wayne's home studio in the US, as well as recording tracks in Jamaica. Wayne wrote or co‐wrote all of the songs on No Holding Back and the album featured the same superlative vocal and songwriting standards his fans have come to expect from him over the years. 


Wayne's career exploded globally in 2003 when his album No Holding Back and the single "No Letting Go" was released on the major label, Atlantic Records. The smooth single dominated Urban and Pop radio (reaching 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart) in America and the album, No Holding Back received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, a MOBO Award in the UK, three BMI Urban awards, and a live performance on NBC Television's "Saturday Night Live." The follow-up single and video "Bounce Along" reached 12 on the UK pop charts.  His inspired version of "Hold Me Now" (originally recorded by the Thompson Twins) appeared on the 2004's successful 50 First Dates (starring Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore) movie soundtrack and was produced by No Doubt's Tony Kanal with a video directed by Gil Green.  Wayne also anchored the hit track "Anything Goes" (w/ CNN: Capone & N.O.R.E and Lexxus) for the Def Jamaica compilation which received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. 
These songs, among so many of Wayne's bonafide hits, were crowd favorites as he headlined an extensive world tour with his Singso Band in 2004-05 performing in N. America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Wayne released his album, Foreva, with VP Records in the Fall of 2007.  He wrote and produced many of the tracks and collaborations with producers Tony Kelly and Don Corleone.  Corleone and Wonder's hit song "I Still Believe" on the Seasons rhythm was a huge hit on the top of the worldwide reggae charts.

The single “If I Ever” was released at the end of 2010 as part of a four-song digital EP and debuted at #4 on the iTunes Reggae Chart.  The official video for “If I Ever” was released in January of 2011 and a remix with R&B star MYA was just released in June.  Wayne’s newest single is “Over All” on producer Tony Kelly’s ‘Winner’ riddim.  Airplay is beginning to explode for the single and a video is forthcoming.

Wayne anchored the hit Latin track Amor Real With Gocho and Yandel 1n 2012 (reaching #1 on Billboard Latin Airplay & #11 on Latin Pop single).


Wayne has recorded combinations with LISA ‘LEFT EYE’ LOPES, WYCLEF JEAN, LL COOL J, FOXY BROWN, FAT JOE, BUJU BANTON, J SEAN, SHAGGY, MYA, GOCHO and YANDE, and MARICA GRIFFITHS just to name a few also tour with his own SINGSO BAND, BERES HAMMOND, and BUJU BANTON.

Wayne released his album “My Way” on his Singso Record label in December 2012 and numerous singles since.

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