Add Celine Dion's name to an ever-growing list of artists who call on Wayne Haun for his arranging expertise.
iTunes acknowledges that Celine Dion became a bestselling artist based on her "emotional, lushly orchestrated pop ballads," so even the low-key Haun will admit that orchestrating two songs on her newly-released recording, "Loved Me Back to Life," is an accomplishment for which he is grateful.
Jessica Simpson, Rayburn, J. Mark McVey, and Earl Scruggs are just a sampling of other
mainstream artists who have hired Haun, but in typical fashion, he shows appreciation for those who have opened the door to make such opportunities possible. "I really need to thank producers Tricky Stewart and especially Aaron Pearce for asking me to play a small role in their stellar production. Aaron has always been a great collaborator and friend."
In an already gratifying year, the 4-time Grammy nominee and 3-time BMI Music
Award winner recently garnered attention as he released his debut jazz vocal recording through StowTown Records and Provident/Sony Distribution. With fresh interpretations of timeless love songs and classic Broadway tunes, Wayne Haun's "Old Soul" CD took the number one spot on the iTunes Jazz chart for two days -- a chart that included Harry Connick, Jr., and Dave Koz. In all, the project remained in the iTunes Jazz Top 10 for a full week.
Haun also continues to be thankful for the support of the GMA/Dove Award voters, as
2013 added 4 more honors to his total. This year, his name was called for both producing (Jason Crabb's "Inspirational Album of the Year" and "Southern Gospel Performance of the Year") and songwriting ("Bluegrass Recorded Song" and "Country Recorded Song").
As co-founder and co-owner of StowTown Records, Vine Records, and Sunset Gallery
Music, the East Tennessee native continues to write and arrange as a staff songwriter for Lillenas, while touring full-time as the musical director for Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.