Wayne is a Jersey Boy born and bred!!
Wayne Olivieri (Wayne O) has been singing since the fourth grade when he joined the Saint Mary’s Boys Choir in Plainfield, NJ. He grew up singing at church every Sunday and performing concerts with the choir.
After 8th grade he started his first band and never looked back. Throughout his high school years he was singing in a band and at the age of 17 was playing full time in clubs in New York City like CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, The Lime Lite, The Village Gate and more. Playing on the same bill as The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie, and a plethora of others. He performed up and down the east coast and moved to Asbury Park, NJ where he performed at legendary clubs like The Stone Pony, The Fast Lane and many others.
It was there where he met and became good friends with John Bongiovi (Jon Bon Jovi). Wayne and Jon stayed friends for over 17 years and performed many times next to Jon and the band. Opening shows etc…He became a regular at The Stone Pony – one of the most famous rock venues in the world. Here he opened and headlined many times for acts like David Johansson, Huey Lewis, Southside Johnny, Cindy Lauper, Beaver Brown, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol and many more.
Wayne Continued to play in Europe and America over the years then took some time off to start a family and raise his daughter. After a long hiatus (and divorce) Wayne is happy to be back writing and recording with new found energy and creativity. His new album Eclectic Mind is his third release on Oneway Records which Wayne started in 2014.
You Gotta Work.. From the Album” Eclectic Mind” by Wayne Olivieri
“You Gotta Work ” Recording Courtesy of Bongo Boy Records Produced by: Gar Francis
Originally Released on Bongo Boy records “Out Of The Garage Vol.1”
Written by Nathaniel Meyer
Video shot at Sonic Boom Studios Raritan N.J.
Video Directed/Produced/editted by Karl Kim
Camera: Karl Kim
Appearing on Drums: Gary Teresco Guitar:Jimmy Ferranti Bass: Rich Kohrs Sax: Vic Cappetta Vocals: Wayne Olivieri