Jesus Wayne

As a 12-year-old, the talented Jesus Wayne Stephens was already auditioning material at Brunswick’s South Michigan Avenue studio. Upon graduation from John Marshall High School, Wayne served a tour of duty with Chicago’s torrid Boscoe ensemble before forming his own Thunderfunk Symphony. When squabbles among members crescendoed at decade’s end, Wayne disbanded his Symphony, next to try his hand at conducting himself. For The Chicago Party theme music, Willie Woods approached Wayne with a seed lyric: “We are the party people and this is where we gather.” Wayne cobbled together the rest in the studio. The show’s eventual closing credits reveal Wayne, Lacy Gray, and James Christopher as the song’s backup singers. Though his music kicked off and shut down every episode, Jesus Wayne never did appear in person on The Chicago Party.

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