History tells us that in dire times, leaders have emerged from some of the most unsuspecting places. Men and women of exceptional courage and selfless character have privileged future generations with opportunities that otherwise would not have been. History also gives us a glimpse of how destructive a self-centered focus can be, especially when the power is obtained and combined with greed. The life and music of Corey Wayne is a testimony of an individual who aims to live, lead and inspire others to live with an eternal perspective.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, Corey Wayne Baham is well acquainted with the challenges and bitter struggles faced by many in the heart of his city. That withstanding, Corey refuses to embody the common stereotypes of prior rappers from the Red Stick.
“They inject us, to infect us, and then expect us/to kill ourselves by living so ignorant and reckless” – from “Frontline”
Formerly known as Se-Lah, Corey Wayne paints lyrical portraits of reality in a way that causes listeners to “stop, pause and reflect” on his words. In a rap game saturated with anthems of self-indulgence, violence, and negativity, he aims to be a voice of authenticity, hope, and inspiration. His lyrical genius, unapologetic content, and aggressive delivery have earned him respect among Louisiana’s top artists. His messages resonate with people from all walks of life regardless of cultural background or socioeconomic status. A gifted wordsmith, Corey has been penning poems since his elementary school days, though it wasn’t until well into his college days that he began recording raps. At the age of 16, Corey was at a youth retreat he watched a film about the life of Christ and his life was transformed from that moment onward.
“After I was introduced to Jesus, my life was turned upside down. The change was undeniable.”
He began sharing his story with everyone at his high school. In 2004, as a member of Sanctified Syndicate, he performed in numerous venues throughout Baton Rouge, Lafayette and surrounding areas. While in college at Louisiana State University, he began to lead bible studies and mentor others students and encouraged them to make positive changes and pursue their dreams. Some of them have gone on to become successful lawyers, business men, husbands, fathers, community leaders and national recording artists. Corey Wayne has also positively impacted the lives of students of many different backgrounds as a High School teacher and coach.
Corey took time off from recording and performing after being engaged in 2008, marrying in 2009 and returning to school to complete his Master’s degree 2009. In 2010, he began performing as a solo artist and was featured in a variety of citywide events such as “The 99” production and the annual 220 Youth Conference where he performed live with Integrity Music recording artist Deluge. In 2011, Corey Wayne completed his first mixtape titled, “Endangered Species” which received positive reviews from both the streets and rap critics. His upcoming album called “Stop, Pause” is set to be released in early 2013.
A graduate of both Louisiana State University and Southern University A & M College, Corey Wayne resides in Baton Rouge, LA with his wife and son, where he is finishing his doctorate at LSU. Both he and his wife have been heavily involved in youth ministry for over 12 years. He hopes that his life and music will introduce others to a relationship with Jesus Christ.