Wayne Burton is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose music genre includes LDS, Christian, Contemporary, and Instrumental. He was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada where he began pursuing his musical interests at an early age. His mother, who was a piano teacher, recalls that he was playing some songs on the piano by ear as early as the age of 3. In addition to the piano, Wayne also plays guitar, and is a family physician on the side. Those who have influenced his music career include: Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Kenneth Cope, Hillary Weeks, Skip Ewing, and Diane Warren. He records for Hope Records/Huge Music.
During his high school years, he became keenly interested in singing and writing songs. In the evenings at home, while his parents were out on their nightly walks, Wayne would sing and write original love song ballads. In time, he overcame his shyness and began performing his music for more people. Prior to serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he wrote his first gospel song for a friend’s missionary farewell which sparked a powerful interest in sharing the gospel and bearing testimony through music. His first album, “Closer to Heaven,” was released in 1998, and shortly after the album release, two of the songs, “For Thee” and “Before the Dawn,” each won third place in the Church’s New Era contest.
In 2000 Wayne moved to Salt Lake City, Utah with his young family, and spent the next four years completing medical school at the University of Utah. During that time, he was afforded many performance opportunities, and released his sophomore album, “The Quest,” in 2001. A musical play which has been performed by various church groups in the United States and Canada was released using the story and music of the songs on the album. His next two albums, “Becoming,” and “This Night – The Christmas Collection” soon followed. His most recent album releases, both available in Spanish, are titled “Becoming” and “Thankfully”.
Wayne’s music can be found in church bookstores and is also featured on numerous LDS radio programs. His songs have been performed by groups in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Holland. He performed as part of the 2002 Winter Olympics music festival and has won Awards of Merit and the Award of Distinction in the General Church music contest. He has also had his music used on three albums for the popular Especially for Youth (EFY) program. In all, Wayne has contributed music to 19 other LDS albums besides his own.
Wayne has moved back to southern Alberta, Canada where he is practicing family medicine, and he and his wife, Jasmine, are raising five children. He currently serves as a Stake Young Men’s President.
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