Wayne S. Forrey
Wayne S. Forrey really loves classic rock, heavy rock, the Blues, well actually any style of music with an allegro tempo and pronounced thumpy beat. Wayne is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lives in Boise, Idaho.
Several years ago, Wayne served in a Bishopric assigned to the Idaho State prison system serving maximum, medium and minimum-security men and women inmates. In recalling his six years of volunteer Christian ministry service to the prison, Wayne noted, “We were not allowed to have a real piano in the prison, so we brought a boom-box to each Sunday Service and played CDs of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I noticed that the Tabernacle Choir sang songs at a faster tempo (allegro) than the songs we sang in my old home Ward. I really liked the allegro tempo that we sang during the services because it lifted all of our spirits in a joyful way!”
Wayne graduated from Brigham Young University and was an urban planning consultant for over 30 years before starting a successful lip balm manufacturing company in Boise, Idaho. In 2019, he sold the factory and retired. For the first time in his life he had some spare time, so he bought a bass guitar and started learning how to play music. His passion for Rock and Blues led him to songwriting and eventually singing his own original songs.
He enjoys writing song lyrics. He was the Northwest Regional award-winning technical writer in 1988 and National Disability Awareness Council award-winning essayist in 1999. While writing original lyrics and melodies are generally easy for him, playing his bass guitar and trying to sing at the same time is nearly impossible. He says, “I can chew gum and walk at the same time but I can’t seem to play the guitar and sing at the same time.” To solve this challenge, he uses a commercial recording studio with separate tracks for each instrument and vocals.
As Christmas gifts for his 4 married children and 13 grandchildren, Wayne wrote, played, sang and recorded 27 original songs. His first album titled, My Grandchildren, included original songs about each of his 13 grandchildren. His second album, My Life So Far, was a collection of 14 original songs describing various stages of his life. He uses music to teach his grandchildren about the mistakes he made, challenges he faced, and joys he experienced during his life and work career. His third album titled, What I Believe, is an original Mormon Rock song about Jesus, the Book of Mormon, and his personal testimony. He uses original music to help his family and friends understand how Jesus and the Book of Mormon are the basis of his belief and values system.
Wayne says, “I really love Rock music but most of the lyrics out there are horrible. So, I decided to write Rock songs with positive lyrics with respect for deity.” Wayne uses the term “Mormon-Rock” or “Mo Rock” to describe his original music style.
If you are a guitar player that is comfortable with Mormon-Rock…and you need a bass player…and want to help develop new Mo Rock music, then please reach out to Wayne.
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