Kenne Wayne (Landry) was born September 3, 1966. He realized he wanted to sing at an early age. As a teenager, he began forming bands and entering talent shows in his hometown of Crowley, LA. In his late teens, he became a member of a popular local band that played around the state of Louisiana.
After years in the local 'chitlin' circuit, Kenne' decided that he wanted more out of music than just performing locally. In 1995, he signed with MTE Records and released his first album, "Old Fashion Love". Not only did this album introduce Kenne' as an artist, it also gave way to his talents as a producer and songwriter. He has co-produced and co-wrote each CD.
"Old Fashioned Love" (MTE 1996)
1. In and Out of Love
***1/2 Generous (15 tracks!) debut from superb soul tenor. Strong showcase features southern party soul ("After The Party Is Over", "Old Fashioned Love", "In And Out Of Love"), soul ballads ("Innocent Until Proven Guilty", Billy Vera's "At This Moment") and blues "Walking The Back Streets Of Hell". Wayne wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 15 cuts and establishes himself as a singer to watch in the genre.
"Love On Me" (MTE 1997)
A & B Conversation
*** Followup platter of southern soul & R & B contains the hit "A & B Conversation", which featured two guest female vocalists ( Charlene Howard and Renetta Maze ). All three singers take turns in a song about a woman calling to speak to Kenne' and Kenne' pretending he don't know the woman so the conversation should be "A & B"- it has nothing to do with him, which would be "C". This album is a little heavier on the programmed funk ("Player's Card", "Caught"), but still has southern soul ("Nothing But Love", "Can't Get Enough")
"Love Down" (MTE 1999)
1. Cheatin on a Good Womans Love
"The Licka Sticka" (MTE 2001)
1. Party Ain't Over, The
**** It all comes together on this disc: the voice, the songs, the production. Two big hits are found here. The party-shaking opener "The Party Ain't Over" is one of his best songs and must serve as the perfect encore to his shows. "The Licka Sticka" one ups the "Candy Licker" because with Wayne you get a "licka" and a "sticka", or "two for the price of one" as he sings. The song is also notable for it's hip James Brown nod ("baby come here quick let me show you how I lick and stick" sung ala "Licking Stick"). "Room 244" is another upbeat party soul jam of the highest order (no relation to the Little Milton song of the same name). A great slowie is "I Left My Woman", where Kenne may have left her for "Sue" but she left him for "another fool". "Gonna Miss Me" contains an aching vocal from Wayne- one of his best to date. Another highlight is the Johnnie Taylor tribute, "Encore", where Kenne's vocal phrasing is even remarkably like the legend himself. This disc is the definitive Kenne' Wayne so far.
"Who Is It?" (G Street 2004)
1. Whatcha Gonna Do
4.Can I Be Your Man
"Time To Get Loose" (Goodtime 2006)
1. Party on Da Weekend
***1/2 Wayne is back on a viable label (Goodtime Records) after going it alone on his obscure 2003 effort "Who Is It?". Although leaning closer to mainstream R & B at times ("If The Shoe Was On The Other Foot", "Runnin' Around", "Good Ole Blues"), "Time To Get Loose" delivers the Southern Soul or "Soul Blues" (as a song here states) that's made him a name along the Chitlin' Circuit. Upbeat dancers like "Party On The Weekend", stepper "Let's Dance", the aforementioned "Soul Blues", "Get Down And Party" and the title cut plus those emotive, romantic ballads as in "Superstar" and gorgeous "Crazy About Your Lovin'" deliver the goods
The usual odes to getting your groove on are pervasive but so is the recurring theme of dismissing the player's life and growing past it. Notable in a genre that often flaunts infidelity. "If The Shoe Is On The Other Foot" suggests empathy to a fool who's about to lose a good thing. "You got a goldmine waiting on you at home/But you're out here in the streets looking for a love bone. If the shoe was on the other foot would you like it?". On the midpaced headbobber "Runnin' Around" he says he "used to love runnin' the streets/Trying to get another girl between the sheets" but now he's through "runnin' around" and instead he's "settlin' down". Preach on Kenne'! But mostly this CD is about getting your party on and that you will. "Good friends, good music, what more do I need?" he sings on "Soul Blues", once again proving what the Blues is really all about (these days).
"You're The Best" (Goodtime 2008)
1. You're the Best
"The MVP" (G Street 2010)