Wayne Mason

June 25, 2018 - 608 views
Genre pop, rock, country, singer-songwriter

There are at least two artists called Wayne Mason. One of them is described here.

Wayne Mason is one of New Zealand's finest and most respected songwriters. With a musical history spanning forty years of commitment to the New Zealand music scene. Mason was a founding member of "The Fourmyula", one of New Zealand's most successful pop bands - renowned for breaking the tradition of recording covers and making a stand to write and record their own original material.

While recording and touring in England in 1970 , Mason's song "Nature" reached number one back in New Zealand and that same year he was awarded the APRA Silver Scroll. He has been a finalist on two other occasions for "Rain from a Blue Sky" and "Tightrope".

Mason is never far from his guitar or piano and has been a major player and songwriter with other successful New Zealand bands including "Rockinghorse" and "The Warratahs". Mason's song "Hands of my Heart", written prior to The Warratahs, became their first top twenty hit.

After leaving The Warratahs in 1994, Mason decided it was time to pursue a solo career. He had been involved in bands since the sixties, contributing to over twenty five albums and singles. His songs were covered by other artists both nationally and internationally - it was time to be upfront and personal with his own songs and his own shows.

In 1995 he released "Between Frames" an album produced and engineered by Nigel Stone with long time friends and musical buddies Ross Burge (Mutton Birds)on drums and Clinton Brown (Rockinghorse, Warratahs) on bass.

In 2000 Mason started recording his second album, "Same Boy".

In 2001 Mason's song "Nature" once again hit the spotlight when it was voted the number one song for the past 75 years by members of APRA (Australasian Performance Rights Association).
In 2002 Mason was recognised on the Queens Birthday Honours list and became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Music Industry.

Mason's third album under his own name and his first with his band "The Fallen Angels". The title song "Sense Got Out" was a finalist in the prestigious US based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in 2006, judged by some of the world's top musicians.

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