Wayne Sharpe is an American music composer and producer.
He started playing the Piano when he was six years old and had a solid knowledge of Western classical music, due to which he was able to compose even complicated orchestral pieces with ease. He was influenced greatly by artists like Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Jean Michelle Jarre, Isao Tomita, Peter Gabriel and Vangelis.
He is a graduate in Audio Engineering and Music Performance. He has also worked closely with the Grammy Award winner, Rick James.
Wayne started his career in New York, composing music for films and television. He composed music for films like “Southie” in 1998 with Donnie Wahlberg and Amanda Peet in the lead roles, “Pigeonholed” in 1999, starring Rosanna Arquette and Chris Noth. He has helped in the branding of a number of international products including Revlon, L’Oreal, Intel, Maybelline, Covergirl, Pantene and McDonalds. He also produced commercial music for television shows like NBC Sports, NYC Marathon and Pokemon. He also composed the theme music for the children’s television show “Yu Gi Oh!”
He decided to work in India after he heard Peter Gabriel’s composition in the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” in which he had collaborated with the Pakistani musician, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Later, Wayne got acquainted with the Indian film director, Prakash Jha who introduced his music to India through his films “Gangajal” in 2003 for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Background Score. He also composed music for the film “Apaharan” in 2005 and collaborated with Indian singers like Sonu Nigaam and Jasbir Jassi in the song “Hope and a Little Sugar”.
He also collaborated with film director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan in 2009 in the film “Lahore” which won the jury award for the best feature film at the 42nd Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston.