Wayburn Dean is not really supposed to be here. Only two days after he was born, the doctor informed his mother that her child had rheumatic fever and had ten days-- maybe less --to live. Wayburn's mother took her son home to the little cottage where she lived in New Mexico, and held her newborn up to a single light bulb hanging from a wire in the ceiling. "God," she prayed, "I'm coming to you as Hannah did. I'm asking you to save my baby. And I promise I will give him back to You."
It is often said that where people place a period, God inserts a comma. And Wayburn Dean's life has definitely been spent giving his talents back to God, as his mother prayed.
"I want my music to be a source of encouragement to people all over the world," says Wayburn. "The Gospel is the message of hope to so many oppressed people. Jesus Christ is the answer to every challenge we face, and it is my prayer that my music will bring people closer to finding a personal relationship with Him."
Through The Rain, Wayburn's fourth solo single has been instantly embraced by radio. Over 350 stations throughout the country are playing Through the Rain, with an estimated audience of well over a million listeners. During the first week of release the song tied as the "Most Added" song with multi-million selling artist Stephen Curtis Chapman on the Radio & Records Soft AC/ Inspirational chart. In one week alone, the song jumped from 16 to number five and has since been picked up by three of the largest Christian bookstore outlets across the nation, including Lifeway Christian Stores, Parable Christian Stores, and Family Christian Stores.
Wayburn and his wife have also formed a non-profit organization called Afterword Music. They have donated thousands of CDs to missionaries and churches in Vietnam, India, Jamaica, Brazil, New Zealand, and other countries. Wayburn sees this as a chance to offer hope to those who may have never heard the Gospel.
"Janae is great at putting life's experiences into lyrics and I'm good at finding the melody, so we compliment each other. Where ever I travel, I take her with me because she can minister to people - especially to women - that maybe I can't do. She plays a crucial role in my life and in this ministry."
Known for his vocal prowess in the multi-million-selling group Acappella, Wayburn's musical ability gained him much acclaim during his 5 ½ year stint with the group. With songs such as "Rescue" and "We Have Seen The Glory," Wayburn's lead vocals garnered Grammy and Dove nominations, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CAMA for his efforts to further Acappella music. His third release Immeasurable quickly garnered three Top 10 Singles and has been picked up for distribution in Wal-Mart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Borders, Tower Records and other mainstream stores nationwide.
To learn more about Wayburn Dean, please visit www.wayburndean.com