Native Wellz born Wayne Thompson, a talanted music artist
Native Wellz born Wayne Thompson was raised on the Southside inner City of Syracuse, N.Y. is where this Lyrical Genius started his journey. His childhood was full of struggle with losing his mother to cancer when he was 8 years old and having his father in and out of jail throughout his life. He bounced around from family members’ house to house including the streets, it literally took a village to raise this child into a man. His saving grace to keep him from following in his father’s footsteps was sports, specifically football. Native Wellz became well known for his athletic talents, scoring him championships and having the top schools/universities in the nation wanting a piece of the phenomenon. Unfortunately, poor academic success deterred his collegiate football opportunities at a top division 1 institution. Thinking that all hope was lost, he began to give up and turn to the misguided streets of his hometown. Ginny Donahue, founder of ON POINT for COLLEGE, helped him back on the right path. Determined not to become another statistic, he gave education another chance to help achieve his aspirations of going into professional football. Wellz landed at Buffalo State College, a division III institution. Having become the starting tailback on the team, he once again was on his golden path he was once before.
He focused on academics and physical training with music, giving him the motivation to strive for better. He felt music told his stories of pain, struggle, inspiration and hope he needed to keep his dreams alive. It was part of his life. One day a moment changed his life again. During a scrimmage practice, he sustained a torn AC injury on his right shoulder. Another bump in the road, he underwent rehabilitation to recover. Worried the season started without him, he entered the game early. One cold Saturday afternoon, Native geared up for the game. Then came a play that would redirect his path, he got hit on the same injured shoulder which would cause him to sit out for the rest of the season. A fork in his road and a family of his own counting on him, Native made the difficult decision to step away from football and school altogether. With struggles and hard work, Native Wellz returned to his calling which was music. Native is excited to release his single: CHAMPIONS in Feb of 2023.
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