Carl Wayne Meekins’ newest release, “Stoked,” is a story about marriage, faith, and how Meekins and his wife Tonya have kept their love strong for over 20 years. But don’t start planning that slow dance just yet. “Stoked” will have you up on your feet and twirling your girl in the first few beats.
Packed with signature Carl Wayne energy, “Stoked” signals a fresh season of music for the Nashville artist who has entertained audiences for as long as he can remember.
Carl Wayne’s signature wrap-around-you voice and buoyant tone convey a fusion of contemporary and traditional country sound that, over the years, has garnered him fans of every age. With this latest release, Carl Wayne says he’s never been so excited to share his stories and music.
“I’ve done a lot of living since I started making music,” says Carl Wayne. “These days, what drives me is touching people’s hearts with honest words or inspiring someone to do what they were born to do —whenever they get the chance to do it.”
Carl Wayne might know a thing or two about following your passion since he started chasing his at just five years old. That’s when he uncovered a set of hot pink sparkling drums in the family attic. Nearby was an old box spilling over with old photographs of two young guys in a band playing their hearts out. The faces in those photos — Carl learned later — were his dad and his Uncle Bill. And while Carl Wayne’s dad didn’t stay around to raise or mentor him in music, the sheer joy captured in those photos lit a fire in that five-year-old that ignited his soul.
A born and bred Virginia boy, Carl Wayne soon started entertaining kids in the cul-de-sac. Later, he and his twin brother or friends became the kings of the talent shows and sock hops. Growing up, he spent weekends laying on the floor in front of his mom’s living room stereo console. He wore out the vinyl (and the neighbor’s patience) on every record from Elvis to Elton, Van Halen to Donna Summer, and Kiss to Glen Campbell.
As a young musician and front man, Carl Wayne made a living touring with several bands in his early career. He faithfully did the rounds playing the Honkey Tonks, fairs, and festivals and loved every minute. But after years of toying in every genre, from rock to Motown to pop, country music clearly owned Carl Wayne’s soul. That love inspired him and Tonya to move to Nashville, where they would soon add the bigger love of their life, daughter Carlie.
Over the years, Carl Wayne has found a way to keep making music somehow between raising a family and running a full-time contracting business.
Nowadays (when life allows), you can catch Carl Wayne playing local stages, hanging out and honing his craft with some of Music City’s most talented musicians, or leading worship at his church
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