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Jimmy Wayne

Award-Winning Country Music Artist


Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for kids in foster care. His hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels” and “I Love You This Much,” which was featured by Coca-Cola during its #ShareASong campaign. His three-week Number One, “Do You Believe Me Now” earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving 1 million radio spins in America.

In 2009 Wayne toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates. In 2010, he walked halfway across America (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster-care system. In 2011, he released the novel "Paper Angels," which in 2014 became a made-for-TV movie of the same title. In 2012, Wayne helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both California and Tennessee; in 2015, he did the same in his home state of North Carolina. In 2014, he released "Walk to Beautiful," his three-time New York Times Bestselling memoir.

Wayne is the youngest recipient of the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award and in June of 2016, President George H. W. Bush presented him with the prestigious Points of Light Award. A resident of Nashville, Wayne has performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 200 times and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth by performing, writing books and keynote speaking, as well as through Project Meet Me Halfway (

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