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Local singer wins national music award

Local singer, David Wayne, of Williamsburg, Ohio has won the 2015 Independent Music Network’s (IMN) “Inspirational Song Of The Year”Award. The winning song, A Blanket and A Bible” was voted number one by people throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The song was originally offered to Merle Haggard before it was sent to Wayne. “The songwriter asked if I would record the it after Haggard turned it down,” said Wayne. “Of course it was a great opportunity for me.”

The song was released on Wayne’s “Hand in Hand with Daddy” album. The song that shares the album title, Hand in Hand with Daddy, was number one on the IMN charts in June 2015.

The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Nashville musician Rick Smith.

Wayne performs at festivals and fairs, including the Adams County Fair, and any venue where Classic Country music is enjoyed. He has opened shows for Little Texas, Georgette Jones, Leona Williams, and Jan Howard, and has performed at Renrfo Valley, working all three shows: the Spotlight, the Jubilee and the Barn Dance.

He has been the featured performer at the Red Barn Convention Center in Winchester and at the 6th Annual Kountry Klassic Concert in Gaylord, Michigan, in addition to appearing on the Virginia Dreams Center Stage and Shotgun Red Variety Show on RFD-TV.

Wayne also has a new album, featuring all original songs, that will be released within the next two months.

“I’ve been singing most of my life,” he says, “But I didn’t start singing professionally until 5 or 6 years ago.” He works with several studio musicians from Nashville.

David Wayne performing before a live audience.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Wayne2.jpgDavid Wayne performing before a live audience. Courtesy photo

David Wayne received the Independent Music Networks award for best song of the year.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Wayne3.jpgDavid Wayne received the Independent Music Networks award for best song of the year. Courtesy photo
Local singer wins 2015 Independent Music Network’s “Inspirational Song Of The Year”

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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