Wayne Sharpe, an Emmy nominated and International award-winning film composer and music producer, has dedicated his life to his passion for music and movies. His musical journey began at the age of four, when, without formal training or lessons, he started to play complicated piano pieces by ear. Within a year, he was training formally as a classical pianist and began to study trumpet and violin.
Wayne soon branched out into composition and audio engineering, attending the topTonemeister 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: Ron Carter, Elizabeth Scott, John Powell, and Trixie Reiss (Crystal Method).
The epic scope of Wayne's music led to him scoring for television including shows for the Olympics, NYC Marathon themes, and the Discovery and History Channels.His clients include: NBC, NBC Sports, NBA, BRAVO, IMG, HBO, Warner Bros., andMSG Sports. He has also scored over 100 national TV spots. His unique approach to incorporating electronic music attracted the attention of modern brands 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) andAarakshan. He collaborated with the top Indian musicians and worked with Sonu Nigam, Shankar, and Gulzar on the song "Dhan Dhan Dharti" for Raajneeti.
Wayne's award winning reputation in India was catapulted forward and he scored Sanjay Chauhan's Lahore, Tanuja Chandra's Hope and Little Sugar, and Mangesh Hadawale's award-winning Dekh Indian Circus (Busan Film Festival Audience Award). His next project is unique in its international production process. Studios from both Hollywood and Mumbai will work on realizing the creative vision and music--two great film industries forging a mutually beneficial relationship of collaboration.
Whether it's working with top Indian musicians in Mumbai or creating unique soundscapes in New York, 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.