Wayne Burton - Biography
Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Wayne began pursuing his musical interests early in life.
His mother recalls that he was playing some songs on the piano by ear at the age of three. With a
musical family and a mother who was a piano teacher, Wayne went through training mainly on the
piano in his younger years.
During high school, Wayne began taking a great interest in singing and songwriting. While his
parents were gone for their nightly walk, Wayne would pour out his heart though original love song
ballads. Over time he overcame his shy nature and began to perform his songs for more people.
Prior to serving a mission for the church, Wayne wrote his first gospel song for a friend’s missionary
farewell. This was the start of a powerful interest in sharing faith and bearing testimony through
Wayne’s first album, “Closer to Heaven”, was released in 1998. Two songs, “For Thee” and
“Before the Dawn” each won 3rd place in the church New Era contest shortly after the album’s
release. In 2000 Wayne and his young family moved to Salt Lake City, where Wayne spent the next
four years completing medical school at the University of Utah. The years in Utah were highlighted
by many performance opportunities, and the release of his sophomore album, “The Quest”, in
2001. At the same time a musical play was released using the story and music of the Quest songs.
This has been performed by various church groups in the US and Canada.
Wayne’s music is selling in church bookstores and featured on numerous LDS radio programs.
His songs have been performed by groups in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Holland. Wayne
performed as part of the 2002 Winter Olympics music festival and has won Awards of Merit in the
General Church music contest. Recently youth groups in the U.S. and Canada have used various
songs as their youth conference themes.
Wayne and his family have returned to Southern Alberta where he is practicing family medicine. and
raising his children. Wayne’s album “Becoming” has now been released in the Spanish language, and his
most recent album release is titled “Thankfully”. Wayne is serving as the Stake Sunday School
President and he and his wife Jasmine have five children.