Wayne Messmer is known widely as “Chicago’s Original Voice of the National Anthem.” His superb and stirring performances, singing the National Anthem at major sporting events, civic proceedings and other occasions, as well as a sparkling career as a broadcaster, professional speaker and sports personality, have earned him just praise.
But in one shocking moment of indiscriminate and casual violence, in which he was shot in the throat while leaving a Chicago restaurant, Wayne’s life and career came close to being ended.
In his book, The Voice of Victory, Wayne recounts this life-altering moment and his many struggles to defeat the overwhelming odds that threatened to prevent him from ever singing again.
It’s a story about conquering the fear and uncertainty that haunted Wayne’s long road to recovery following the shooting, but it’s also a powerful story of hope, perseverance and grit that could only be found through the unflinching support of faith, family, friends and forgiveness.
Wayne Messmer holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. He also holds a professional membership in SAG/AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. He holds a B.M.E. in Music Education, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling and a PhD in Theocentric Psychology. He and wife Kathleen peacefully reside near their hometown and favorite city of Chicago.
“Whether he is standing in front of thousands of fans with a microphone in his hand, or standing on stage in character, or in front of a computer screen typing out a memoir, The Voice of Victory is Wayne Messmer’s gift to all of us.” — Father John Cusick, Archdiocese of Chicago
Author of “Never Be Ordinary” – Wisdom From My Father
“Knowing Wayne’s journey and his willingness to forgive touched my heart and allowed me to move forward after my daughter Kelsey was victimized by a drunk driver that left her partially paralyzed.” –Bob Ibach, former Chicago Cubs PR director, sportswriter & broadcaster and author of five books.