Wayne Watson was one of my favorite artists in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He’s still one of my favorites. But he almost wasn’t anyone’s favorite artist. The reason for that may be way his music has been so meaningful to me. Wayne originally wanted to pursue in baseball. While in college he started taking his music more seriously and after graduating he began playing at churches and youth camps. The father of one of those campers videotaped Wayne’s performance and sent it to a record company and baseball lost a potential superstar.
His first album, “Canvas For The Sun,” was released in 1978. He scored his first radio hit with “Touch Of The Master’s Hand,” from the 1980 album “Workin In The Final Hour.” His next big hit was another of those story songs, “New Lives For Old,” which was on the 1982 album of the same name.
The next few projects would see Wayne writing from a more personal place. In 1987 he released “Watercolour Ponies” which included a number of radio singles, including the huge hits “Watercolour Ponies,” and the #2 song of that year, “Friend Of A Wounded Heart.” By the time he released the 1990 “Home Free,” Wayne was a fixture on the charts and in the winner’s circle at the Dove Awards. The title track from “Home Free” was the most played song on Christian radio that year and just lost the Dove Award for Best Song of the Year to Michael W. Smith’s “Place In This World.”
That same year, 1990, Wayne did a duet with Sandi Patty that appeared on her “Another Time, Another Place” album. The song was the title cut and it was the #1 song of 1990. Wayne and Sandi performed it on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Wayne has continued to perform and occasionally record. He’s currently on staff at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX.
Here’s a fan generated video version of “Home Free.”
Here’s another fan vid of “Home Free.” This one uses the version from the acoustic based double-album “Living Room” released in 2002.
Wayne didn’t do many concept videos. The only one I could find was from the relatively (in terms of the success of some of his other songs) minor hit “It’s Time,” the one new song included on his 1992 best of “How Time Flies.”
And finally, here’s Wayne and Sandi Patty on The Tonight Show doing “Another Time, Another Place.”
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