Wayne Baker Brooks serves notice of a new powerful force at play in the music world. Combining outstanding song craft, passionate vocals, and a liquid fire guitar style, this talented artist manages to honor his rich blues heritage while effortlessly expanding the boundaries of the genre.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brooks blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lake Michigan itself, but this truly innovating artist knows no creative boundaries.
Chicago Blues laid the foundation to Wayne's innovative style. A regular visitor (as a child) at places such as Chess Studios, Checkerboard Lounge, Wisefools, and many other blues landmarks as well as witnessing many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Luther Allsion, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & his father. The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks was born with the blues, for real! There was or is still no way getting around the fate that was appointed to him.
Failed attempts at being a sports star resulted in a broken foot, twice broken right ankle, broken finger. "Its was God telling me this is not what you're suppose to be doing, I had to figure out the hard way that I'm on this earth to make people smile, laugh, dance, and hopefully feel good through music. So never block your blessing or God will let you know how he feels about it", says Wayne.
With the release of his debut CD "Mystery" in 2004 an album of contemporary blues at it's best draws on blues, blues rock, soul, funk, & even a bit of hip hop. "Mystery" received multiple awards and accolades including a 4 star review in the All Music Guide.
In addition to releasing his debut he was featured on several TV news programs (including CNN's "Showbiz"), multiple radio programs (including Mancow Morning Show), performed the 2003 MLB All Star Game @ Chicago White Sox Cellular Field, & even performed for the First Lady of the United States Hilary Rodham Clinton at Chess Studios (Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation) in Chicago with legends Bo Diddley, KoKo Taylor, & his dad as his special guest while Chuck Berry was in attendance. As the conclusion of the band's explosive set, Hillary pronounced, "My husband is going to be so jealous he missed this!".
He joined his father's band (Lonnie Brooks) as a roadie in 1988, and started playing guitar in the band in 1990. In 1997, he formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band while continuing to work with his father's band. In 1998, in addition to appearing in the film Blues Brothers 2000, he also co-wrote Blues for Dummies with his father and Cub Koda, earning his first Real Blues magazine award (Keeping the Blues Alive) for the effort.
2012 (November) Musical Director and Band Leader for City of Chicago’s official send-off for Buddy Guy to receive Kennedy Center Honors.
2012 (October) UK & Ireland Tour; Headlining the Harvest Time Blues Fest Ireland
2012 (August-September) WBB song “Something’s Going Down” aired during all Chicago Bears NFL game broadcasts
2012 (March) Performed at NATO headquarter in Brussels (Member of delegation representing Chicago for 2012 NATO SUMMIT)
2011 (September 17th) Induction into Canada’s Blues Hall of Fame
2011 (July 12th) International Single Release of “Changeling” written and produced by Grammy Award Winner Tom Hambridge
2011 Chicago Blues Fest 2011 Headliner: Band Leader, MC and Host of the 40th anniversary set of Alligator Records
2011 Highlight of the Grammy’s Blues Fest Kick-Off Jam at Buddy Guys Legends
2011 Highlight of the 14th Annual XRT 93.1fm Blues Breakers Blues Fest Live Broadcast.
2011 (February 15th) International Single Release of the ground breaking Cross-Genre Track “Something’s Going Down” featuring Twista, GLC and Sugar Blue
2010 Notodden Blues Fest (Main stage)
2007 Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (Formerly King Biscuit)
2006 Headlined Europe’s Historical & Most Prestige Blues Tour “The Chicago Blues Fest Tour”
2006 Headlined WXRT 93.1fm Live Broadcast of “WXRT’s Blues Brunch” at Buddy Guys Legends (1 million listeners)
2005 Induction into The History Makers: Music Maker Success
2005 Headlined Poconos Blues Fest
2005 Poconos Blues Fest Lifetime Achievement Award “The Brooks Family”
2004 Headlined The 2004 Chicago Blues Festival – Brooks Family
2004 National Release of debut album “Mystery”
2004 Real Blues Magazine Award – “Carry The Torch Award”
2004 Real Blues Magazine Award – “Top Blues Stars of the Future”
2004 Real Blues Magazine Award – “Best Chicago Blues Guitar CD/Modern”
2004 Real Blues Magazine Award – “Best New Chicago Blues Talent/Male”
2004 Real Blues Magazine Award – “Best Chicago Blues Tune/Modern”
2004 Featured twice on the House Of Blues Radio Hour w/ Elwood Blues
2003 Performed at The 2003 Major League Baseball All Star Game
2001 ABC TV Peter Jennings “Fourth of July” Special
2000 The Chicago Blues Festival
1999 Received a phone call from The White House stating the President Bill Clinton read and absolutely loved Wayne’s book “Blues for Dummies” that Wayne spearheaded and co-authored
1999 Performed for The First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton at Chess Records in Chicago, IL
1999 Band Leader, set opener, and host/announcer of the “LoneStar Shoot-Out Tour”
1998 Cameo in The Blues Brothers 2000
1998 Spearheaded & co-authored “Blues for Dummies”
1997 In one day – within 2 hours performed Mancow Morning show, Eric and Kathy Q101, and Fred Winston show reaching 10 million listeners nationwide
1997 Performed at President Bill Clinton’s second Inauguration
1996 Performed at Democratic Convention for Comedy Central
1996 Performed Alligator Records 25th Anniversary Tour