Born on Dec 16th in Orlando, Florida, Layne Stein has been singing since his earliest years in school, and like Geoff and Earl, was originally trained as an instrumentalist, playing the violin for 14 years before joining 42Five. After realizing he could spit to make money, he quickly learned and mastered the art of vocal percussion. All of those weird-funky-amazing-wow sound effects and drum lines come straight from his very tired mouth.
From an artistic context, Layne can be considered the epicenter of production for the group, including production on the cds, "Time Machine" and "Unstoppable". Layne is also one of the main writers for 42Five but doesn't limit himself to any particular genre or style. He has penned and produced for a number of artists, some local, some large through his recording studio Rayne's Room and is quickly becoming known as THE last word in vocal and instrumental recording.
In addition to his many and varied musical interests, Layne also holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida, which has helped to buttress his expertise and taught him the value of continued education and the constant pursuit of a better recording.
When not performing with 42Five, Layne can be seen behind a console in his studio or behind a mixing board running sound for a live show. Also, Layne has appeared in national commercials for the food network and in long lines at burger king, anxiously awaiting the return of the Shaq Pack.