Wayne Nelson will tell you it's luck.
He'll tell you that his story -- in which he goes from being a self-taught musician to fronting one of the best vocal harmony bands in rock -- is all a matter of circumstance. But don't let his modesty fool you. Wayne Nelson, the Delray Beach resident and bass player for the Australian rock group Little River Band, is an awesome musician. What he calls luck, the rest of us call talent.
Growing up in Chicago, a city rich in musical history, Nelson used to accompany his parents to church, where he listened to them sing in the choir. This early exposure to music had a profound effect on Nelson who remembers being fascinated by how the individual voices could mix together to create such beautiful music. As a teenager, he spent hours listening to his parents' record collection, which included everything from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles, Sousa to Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He developed a deep appreciation for harmony and melodic structure, and he made up his mind on early on that he wanted to become a full-time musician.