Talking with Wayne Merdinger About His Latest Album ‘Hidden Gems’ 

Interview by Randall Radic, - Posted May 31, 2023

Read the full interview HERE...

industry REVIEWS

NoHo Art District - June 5, 2023 - [This album] is a brilliant collection of well-crafted, thoughtful and beautifully produced songs.

Screen Legion - May 18, 2023 - "Almost instantly, listeners are reminded of artists like James Taylor, as Wayne Merdinger comes through with soft piano and soothing guitar melodies. Indeed, there’s a dreamy quality to the overall songwriting approach that will resonate with listeners."

 Living Life Fearless - May 13, 2023 - "With his latest album, 'Hidden Gems,' Wayne Merdinger comes up with a true delight for singer-songwriters fans."

Daily Music Roll - May 4, 2023 - "If you are a fan of Folk/Rock music and sensitive lyricism, then you will absolutely love this new album that is giving the audience a unique, one-in-a-lifetime experience."

JazzU - April 27, 2023 - "This amazing collection of classic rock, folk rock and soft rock songs narrates the potent real life stories, several of which were written decades ago (way back in the 1990’s) but remain equally relevant even today."

Folk N Rock - April 25, 2023 - "Wayne Merdinger Pays Tribute To Abbey Road Studios On “Hidden Gems.”

Essentially Pop -  April 25, 2023 - "The album serves as a showcase for Merdinger’s gift for transforming emotions and experiences we all have as humans into gorgeously expressed lyrics and melodies."

Art & Culture Maven - April 23 , 2023 - "As a singer, [Merdinger's] fluid and expressive tenor sometimes reminds of Cat Stevens (back when he was known as such)."

Independent Music Promortions - April 23, 2023 -- "Scottsdale Folk Rock Artist Wayne Merdinger Captures Magic at Abbey Road Studios."

The Big Takeover - April 21, 2023 - "Hidden Gems, instead of being a mismatched hodgepodge, is the most concerted document of Merdinger’s fine songwriting ability so far, and it represents the pinnacle of a real maturing for the artist."

Obscure Sound - April 14, 2023 - "The artist continues to impress with a genuine vein of songwriting featuring melodic piano, emotive strings, and warming guitar work alongside illuminating lyrical content."

HIDDEN GEMS - NEW ALBUM - APRIL 1, 2023...      Read the press release here

Troubadour EP Receives Rave Reviews...

Obscure Sound - August 16, 2022 - "The Troubadour EP is a showcase in quality songwriting..." 

FV Music Blog - July 18, 2022 - Wayne Merdinger is "a formidable troubadour who is making music that needs to be heard."

Indie Dock Music Blog - July 18, 2022 - "The special manner of Wayne Merdinger's singing and the original musical design of his songs make us listen to this tracklist again and again..."

WeAreMX - July 11, 2022 - "Wayne Merdinger’s new EP ‘Troubadour’ is a perceptive collection of songs that emulate authentic rock music."

Edgar Allan Poets - July 8, 2022 - "Wayne Merdinger is inspired by legendary songwriters such as Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and James Taylor, and his music lives up to it."

Music Is To Blame - July 8, 2022 - "Rock singer/songwriter, Wayne Merdinger, launches his latest EP."

On Stage Magazine - July 5, 2022 - "Rock Singer Songwriter Wayne Merdinger‘s latest “Troubadour” EP is thoroughly infused with his own rich musical DNA."

NoHo Arts District - July 5, 2022 - "Melodic, poetic, sweetly sung with beautifully played strumming guitars and songs drawn directly from stories of his life."

The Big Takeover - June 28, 2022 - ..."Wayne Merdinger's Troubadour has "a classic rock sheen reminiscent of the Eagles or America..."

Breaking and Entering - June 27,  2022 "Wayne Merdinger strikes gold, if not platinum, on Trougbadour."

Living Life Fearless - June 27, 2022-"With 'Troubadour,' Merdinger combines his '70s memories and some current themes into a good musical package."

Shock Ya - June 26, 2022 -"Wayne Merdinger memorializes his miraculous musical origin story that traces back to 1970, on his recently released six-track EP, ‘Troubadour."


interview with wayne - july 2022

Leading indie music site for emerging artists, Obscure Sound, publsihed this interview on July 28, 2022.  

Read it here...


Singer/Songwriter Makes Up for Lost Time and Proves it’s Never Too Late to Pursue the Dream:

Releases His 40th Song in 4 Years 

Scottsdale, Arizona - May 26, 2020 - Singer-songwriter Wayne Merdinger has been writing music for over 30 years, but having his songs shared with the world was never more than a pipedream. In 2016, however, Wayne’s children convinced him to record a legacy album as a keepsake for his growing family. At the age of 59, he ventured into a professional recording studio for a project that would unleash years of creativity and reawaken a passion for songwriting.  

Since the release of that first album, “The Music Lives On,” which consists primarily of music written over several decades, he has been crafting new songs at a prolific rate; this month he celebrates the release of his 40th song in four years: “Times Are Changing.” A feat that many Billboard-charting artists have yet to reach.   

Wayne’s songs tell stories of the highs and lows of life—connecting people through his depictions of the challenges and adventures so many of us face.  Although Wayne’s musical style transports listeners back to the 60s and 70s, lyrically, his messages center on the human experience and are relevant across time. “Times Are Changing” depicts a modern microcosm of society, exploring generational differences and the reluctance to accept the inevitable changes that are inherent to a rapidly evolving world.  

Like many other recording artists, Wayne’s love of music caught fire in 1964 as he watched the Beatles make history on the Ed Sullivan Show. He knew then that music would be a part of his life someday but it wasn’t until 1977 that he finally decided to teach himself to play guitar and piano. He pays tribute to the Beatles and other legendary artists in his songs, “Abbey Road” and “Walking on Water.”  Today, his musical exploits represent his life balance as he maintains his role as president of a global company.  “Instead of playing golf, like many business executives, I play music,” he proudly boasts.   

With three albums and 40 mainstream songs to his credit, Wayne has been able to turn a lifelong adoration for music into a rich catalog of original material.  Last month, his single, “One Day at a Time,” written about the current pandemic, debuted and has been gaining mass acclaim on social media.  He has written songs about the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease (“No One’s Home”), teenage substance abuse (“Break the Devil’s Spell”), dealing with loss (“Messages), unleashing a hidden musical persona (“Behold the Invisible Man”) and many other subjects that provoke thought and touch the heart. 

Those interested in adding new AC music to their playlists, interviewing Wayne Merdinger for their publication, site, podcast, or radio show, or learning more about Wayne’s musical journey can reach out via the information provided below. 

Wayne’s music can be found on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Amazon Music, iTunes and other digital music outlets. For more information on Wayne Merdinger, please visit:  



Wayne Merdinger is a singer/songwriter, focused on insightful lyrics and inspired musical compositions that will resonate with those who enjoy heartfelt, classic rock-style ballads with emotional and relevant messages.  His professional recording experiences began later in life and, for those who have spent years fantasizing or regretting what could’ve been, he is living proof that it is never too late to pursue your dreams.