The big sky’s of the Wairarapa have attracted a lot of music talent in recent years and that now includes the top country/rock performer Wayne R. Heath who has enjoyed well over 50yrs of experience as a singer/entertainer and promoter of country music in New Zealander, Australia and the United States.
Now residing with his Wife in Masterton, Wayne’s R. Heath’s CD’s, recordings, unique voice and amazing sense of humour have him constantly in demand across NZ and overseas.
Wayne was born in Invercargill and grew up in Auckland.
He won a major radio talent quest when just 15yrs and was instantly signed by major Auckland agents, including Hegan Entertainments, Benny Levin Promotions, Mary Throll Entertainments and Fullers Entertainment Agency Wayne’s early music passion was for the country radio artists of the time like Hank Williams, Hank Snow, even yodelling etc.
This was followed by what has since become known as Outlaw Country.
Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Willie Nelson and the like. He was a fan of Bob Dylan.
“Their song-writing, their incredible timing and phrasing was simply amazing and still is huge today”.
Wayne R. Heath went on for the next 50 plus years to enjoy an extremely successful singing and recording career in NZ, Australia, and U.S.A.
He has been awarded for achievements including a “Silver Scroll”.
He has found himself in the company of some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry both in NZ and overseas.
At various times Wayne and his Wife have owned and operated a string of businesses in NZ and Australia.These included motels, management rights, two nightclubs, and a hotel.
They were senior partners in a Gold Coast Property Development Company.
Wayne also owned and operated on Australia’s Gold Coast, Jupiter Limousine Services Ltd.
Somehow he managed to fit in community volunteer work, being a valued member of the Queensland State Emergency Services (S.E.S.).
He acknowledges that next to nothing of this could have been achieved without the full support of his wonderful wife Marie and of course Whanau.
He met Marie his wife of 47 years whilst performing a floorshow at her 21 st birthday.
He is also quick to acknowledge that his passion of business, family and community, away from his music life, have helped enormously in keeping his life and family on an even keel and in perspective, not just keeping music in the foreground.
Today Wayne R. Heath sits at the very forefront of New Zealand Entertainers and is a regular performer at Clubs across New Zealand and Australia.
His act has become extremely popular as it is free of breaks, has comedy and is simply continuous dancing and singing.
His unique voice performs all the major hits.
Rock, Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, and Maori Hits. His popularity and standing in Australasian show business sees him often performing in tandem with other top-line acts.
New Zealand acts often teaming up to tour include Dennis Marsh, Brendan Dugan, Gerry Lee and the list goes on.
Seems for Wayne R. Heath the road does go on forever.
He is the consummate Entertainer.