Wayne Sharpe, twice Emmy Nominated and International Award Winning film composer and music producer has dedicated his life to his passion for music and movies.
Wayne studied composition and audio engineering, attending the top Tonemeister program in the country at SUNY Fredonia. Immediately after graduating, Wayne began work with Grammy Award Winner Rick James, an experience that led him to the major studios of New York where he garnered recognition as a composer and producer who fused orchestral scoring practice with electronic music. He collaborated with a host of artists including; Pearl Jam, Ron Carter, John Powell, Trixie Reiss (Crystal Method), and members from Queens of the Stone Age.
The epic scope of Wayne’s music led to him scoring for Television including shows for the OLYMPICS, CBS EVENING NEWS THEME, SHOWTIME, CBS ELECTION THEME, FACE THE NATION THEME, NYC MARATHON THEME, MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA, and the DISCOVERY and HISTORY Channels. His clients include; NBC,CBS, NBC Sports, NBA, BRAVO, IMG, HBO, Warner Bros., and MSG Sports. He has also scored over 200 national TV spots, including: Intel, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Cover Girl, NBA, Acuvue, Pantene, Revlon, Mobil, Red Lobster, Slimfast, and McDonalds.
His passion for cinema and his ability to craft powerful evocative Soundtracks have allowed Wayne to establish himself as a creative force in the film industry. His early film work includes the Independent films Southie and Pigeonholed. Wayne also scored several IMAX films and documentaries as well as the theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, the television show, and music in Pokemon: The First Movie.
The diversity of these achievements earned Wayne a reputation as a versatile composer, able to cross genre boundaries and forge a truly international sound. This attracted the attention of one of India’s most acclaimed directors, Prakash Jha, who invited Wayne to bring the western film scoring sound to the Bollywood market. Soon after that, Wayne scored Gangaajal, winning India’s top Filmfare award for best score. He continued his close collaboration with Jha creating soundtracks for the widely celebrated; Apaharan, Raajneeti (for which he won the Star Screen Award) and Aarakshan. He collaborated with the top Indian musicians and worked with Sonu Nigam, Shankar and Gulzar on the song ‘Dhan Dhan Dharti’ for Raajneeti.
Wayne recently composed the new music theme for the IMAX theaters Worldwide. His theme was recorded with the Prague orchestra, and is playing daily in over 1000 theaters worldwide. He was invited to Man Made Music (founder: Joel Beckerman) to compose the new Theme to CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. His theme is a complete makeover after the previous version by Oscar-winning composer James Horner, and is playing every evening nationwide since May 2016.
Wayne is a composer who straddles the many facets of the global film industry. He believes music is universal, not restricted to the border of a country, but rather in the minds of the audience who experience it.