West Coast Music & Worship Conference Presenter
Wayne Bucknor is associate professor of piano and Chair of the Music Department at Oakwood University. He served as Minister of Music for the Madison Mission Seventh-day Adventist Church in Madison, Alabama from 1997-2012.
Bucknor was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Orlando, Florida. Raised in a musically talented family, he was the first to seriously pursue formal study in music, starting with piano lessons at age 6. He continued music study in Orlando with Drucilla Engel at the Iris Engel Daniel School of Music.
Although initially planning to enroll as a computer science major at Oakwood College, Bucknor graduated with both a B.A in piano performance and a B.S. in computer science. During the summer following his fourth year of study, he had an internship to ITT Hartford on the campus of the University of Hartford, where he had opportunity to observe what work would be like in the computer field. At that point, Bucknor decided to pursue music as a career.
Bucknor completed an M.Mus.Ed. at Alabama A & M University in 1998 and has completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
He is also a songwriter, producer, and arranger for soloists and groups, including Virtue (I Must Tell Jesus, Angels Watching Over Me, Till You Believe (piano), the Madison Mission Mass Choir (Great and Marvelous, Open Praise, Lord We Have Come, etc.), Darwin Hobbs, Dynamic Praise (God Restores, O Come), Spring Into Praise Mass Choir (Awesome God), Committed, Charles Arrington, Ann McCrary, Duawne Starling, Joyce and Robert Pressley, Annointed Praise, T Marshall Kelly, and others who have included his work for them on their recordings. He admits that songwriting is his passion and has hundreds of finished and ‘unfinished’ songs.
Bucknor toured in Japan with the nationally known Grammy award-winning group Take 6, where he substituted for the ensemble's baritone Cedric Dent. He found the reception given the group to be an exhilarating experience.
For the 2007-2008 academic school year, Bucknor was asked to be the Interim Director for the world renowned Oakwood University Aeolians and the University Choir. The choir was blessed with a successful year and toured in the cities of Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, Tuskegee, and Montgomery,
As of recent, Bucknor enjoys accompanying the Aeolians under the direction of Jason Ferdinand. He also tours with a troupe of talented pianists called the “Keys to the Kingdom.” This group of classically trained duo and solo pianists include: Nancy Dudley, Gail Murphy, Adrian Westney, Shelton Kilby, and Brian Jones, among others. In November 2008, Bucknor was honored as a Young Musical Legend by the NAD Vervent UCAA Conference.
Bucknor believes that “one’s greatest act of worship is a life of obedience to the will of God.” Bucknor is married to the love of his life, Carmen Byars. They have three children, Nina, Wayne II, and Cameryn.
I Must Tell Jesus
Angels Watching Over Me (co-written with Joey Kibble, and Hallerin Hill)
Till You Believe (pianist, vocal arranger)
MADISON MISSION MASS CHOIR (producer)
Invade the Kingdom
Great and Marvelous
Lord We Have Come (co-written with Damian Chandler)
This is the Confidence (co-written with Carmen Bucknor)
Oh How He Cares
Just Believe (co-writer)
O Come Let Us Worship
SPRING INTO PRAISE (producer)
Awesome God (co-written with Hallerin Hill)
Just Wanna Give You the Praise (co-written with Joey Kibble and Hallerin Hill)
Gather Up the Fragments (co-written with Leroy Peters)
Album production:Oakwood University USM projects
Joyce and Robert Pressley
T Marshall Kelly
Madison Mission Mass Choir
Spring Into Praise Mass Choir