Artist Name: Wayne Baker Brooks
Song Title: Because of You
Release Date: August 3rd, 2018
Wayne Baker Brooks – Because of You
Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of today’s top guitarists whose signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves.
Chicago Blues laid the foundation for Wayne’s innovative style. Growing up Brooks was a regular visitor to such historic places as Chess Studios, Checkerboard Lounge, Wisefools, and many other blues landmarks at which he witnessed many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Luther Allison, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & his father. The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks – Wayne Brooks was literally born into the blues! Leaving no way around the fate appointed him he soon joined his father’s (Lonnie Brooks) band as his guitarist. And then formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band which while continuing to work with his father’s band he appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000. With the release of his acclaimed debut CD “Mystery” “an album that brilliantly draws on blues, blues rock, soul, funk and beyond”. “Mystery” received multiple awards and praise from the music world. Along with releasing his new release he was soon touring the world and featured on national TV programs (including CNN’s “Showbiz”), as well as endless radio programs including performing for First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton at Chess Studios (Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation) with legends Bo Diddley, KoKo Taylor, At the conclusion of the band’s explosive set, Hillary stated, “My husband is going to be so jealous he missed this!”. WBB has performed and recorded alongside such notables as Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, Corey Harris, The Black Crowes, Otis Rush, Jr. Wells, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Jimmy Vivino, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Billy Branch and many more… Wayne Baker Brooks and this Band continue to play the world over with WBB’s signature top-shelf brand of guitar playing and a live show that should not be missed.
Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame
Band Leader for Buddy Guy Kick-Off Ceremony for Kennedy Center Honors
Inducted into the Canadian Blues Hall of Fame
Chicago Blues Fest Headliner
Band Leader and Host of the 40th Anniversary of Alligator Records
Inducted into The History Makers: Music Maker Success
Real Blues Magazine Award – “Carry The Torch Award”
Real Blues Magazine Award – “Top Blues Stars of the Future”
Real Blues Magazine Award – “Best Chicago Blues Guitar CD/Modern”
Real Blues Magazine Award – “Best New Chicago Blues Talent/Male”
Real Blues Magazine Award – “Best Chicago Blues Tune/ Modern”,
Appearance in The Blues Brothers 2000
Performed at President Bill Clinton’s second Inauguration
Performed at Democratic Convention for Comedy Central
Performed Alligator Records Anniversary Tour.
State your reason for choosing music as a career.
Born into a family of musicians, music chose me.
Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.
Everything has to be real experiences before I start writing. I have to have gone through it, witnessed it or someone has gone through and told me or shown me before I would write lyrics.
Discuss your life outside the music world.
Music is my world, but I do enjoy movies, sports like basketball, football, baseball.
Discuss your music career.
Celebrating my 30th year officially in the music business this year.
Elaborate on your artist’s name.
It’s a combination of my real name and a stage name. Brooks is a stage name derived from my dad’s stage name Lonnie Brooks.
Tell us your source of inspiration.
Mostly the people/fans are my inspiration. They work hard 9-5 and when they want a release from the craziness in their world they come to see their favorite artists. I look forward to the passion to be that artist.
List your five favorite music videos with reasons.
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – The Girl is Mine – Two great all-time artists making great music.
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory – the first video I’ve ever seen with two artists (black and white) singing together in harmony.
Michael Jackson – Thriller- it was a family gathering for this mini-movie video.
Johnny Winter – Don’t Take Advantage of Me – the first blues artist video I’ve ever seen plus my father wrote that song.
U2 and BB King – When Love Came to Town – This song and video took BB King to a whole new level and it brought the whole blues industry to another level.
Tell us your impression of dealing with paparazzi.
I firmly believe that everyone (artist or not) is entitled to their privacy.
Elaborate on the recording of this song.
I wrote this song with my bass player from California. We basically wrote this song about being with a good woman and how she can elevate a man in everything he does and he knows it’s all because of her.
Tell us about your future projects.
Currently working on my new album and looking to do a couple of music videos for it.
List the names of those that have supported you so far.
Lonnie Brooks – my late great father, Buddy Guy – Blues Legend BB King, late great blues King Koko Taylor, late great Blues Queen Dan Aykroyd, John Landis, Ruben Brown – NFL. My band – Jerry, Kenny, Scott Buddy Guys Legends. All venue and festival organizers worldwide in 40 countries.
Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.
Quality over quantity. People want good music in their life; be it party songs, love songs, or sad songs.
List your five favorite movies with reasons.
Ray – love Ray Charles.
Cinderella Man – the movie reminds me of myself and my determination.
Gladiator – reminds me of myself and my determination.
The Five Heartbeats – I’ve seen this movie 100 times, love the music and storyline.
Blues Brothers 2000 – Lol I make a cameo appearance.
Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.
It’s important only to the listeners not so much to the artist. People need direction and labels in order to get what they are looking for.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
BECAUSE OF YOU – a good woman elevating her man unbiasedly.