• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

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Wayne Watson (born October 5, 1954) is a singer-songwriter in contemporary Christian music. Some of his songs have become CCM classics, including “Another Time, Another Place”, “For Such a Time as This”, “Friend of a Wounded Heart”, “Touch of the Master’s Hand”, “New Lives for Old” and “Watercolour Ponies”. He has won eight GMA Dove Awards.

Watson originally planned to pursue a career playing baseball, but while in college he began dabbling in music, and after graduation regularly performed in area churches. While leading worship at a Christian youth camp, the father of one of the children videotaped Watson’s performance and sent it to a record company.

Wayne Watson’s connection with his audience has to date produced a history of 23 No. 1 singles in Christian radio—including “Friend of a Wounded Heart”, “When God’s People Pray”, “Almighty”, “Be In Her Eyes”, “Watercolour Ponies”, “More of You”, “Another Time, Another Place”, and “Home Free” (which became the most played song at Christian radio in 1991).

His litany of career credits include a dozen Dove Awards wins, including those for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1989, Song of the Year in that same year (“Friend of a Wounded Heart”), Pop Contemporary Song of the Year and Contemporary Album of The Year (1988) for Watercolour Ponies, and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year (1992) for “Home Free”. He has twice been nominated for the Grammy Award—both for his performance of Watercolour Ponies (1987), and for Best Pop Gospel Album in 1992 for A Beautiful Place.

In the 1990s, he gave a groundbreaking emotionally charged performance of “Another Time, Another Place” with fellow artist Sandi Patty on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show—an event that was deemed a defining moment in Christian music’s move to wider audiences. In the late 1990s, his inspirational hit “For Such a Time as This” became a centerpiece theme of the CBS-TV series Touched by an Angel.

Wayne is currently the associate director of music at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. On January 1, 2011, Wayne was among 7 artists inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

Selected Discography

Giants In The Land

Dayspring Records 1985

Tracks: The Narrow Way, Lookin’ Out For Number One, Heart Of Hearts, Peace That Passes Understanding, Somewhere In The World, Giants In The Land, Born In Zion, Look Me In The Heart, Changed In A Moment & Holiness.

Musicians on the Giants In The Land album: Wayne Watson and others.

Man In The Middle

Milk And Honey Records 1984

Tracks: All Day And All Night, A Sure Thing, Celebrate, Jack And Jill, Love Found A Way, Love One Another, Man In The Middle, Streets Of Gold, The Least Of These & To Be A Child.

Musicians on the Man In The Middle album: Wayne Watson and others.

New Lifes For Old

Milk And Honey Records 1982

Tracks: All The King’s Men, The Sacrifice, Roll On, People Of God, Take All Of Me, New Lives For Old, Never Give Up, In Those Eyes, The Greatest Is Love & Light Of The World.

Musicians on the New Lifes For Old album: Wayne Watson, Jerry McPherson, Rex Thomas, Darrell Cook, Brian Tankersley, Allen Mesko & Paul Mills.

Working In The Final Hour

Milk And Honey Records 1980

Tracks: One Day, Because Of Whose I Am, Make A Wish, I Don’t Want Your Money, Trust In The Lord, Touch Of The Master’s Hand, Lay Them Down, How He Loves Me, No Need & One More Song You.

Musicians on the Working In The Final Hour album: Wayne Watson, Mike Noble, Brent Rowman, Joe Wilson, Ernie Collins, Mitch Humphries, Shane Keister, Buddy Skipper, Alen Steinberger, Bob Mater, Terry McMillan, Bill Wiggins, Donnie Sanders, Mike Albrecht, Don Gant, Donna McElroy, Al Moore, Scott Roley, Donna Sheridan & Dennis Wilson.

Canvas For The Sun

Milk And Honey Records 1978

Tracks: Let Me Have A Dream, Gonna Sing About Jesus, The Part That You Wrote For Me, I Am Willing, Thine Be The Glory, If You Will Trust, Gospel Music, He Was There All The Time, Give Them All To Jesus & Canvas For The Sun.

Musicians on the Canvas For The Sun album: Wayne Watson, John Lee, Mary Ann Robinson and others.

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