Jimmy Wayne At Grand Ole Opry
After a rough childhood, Jimmy Wayne's country music success could not have come sooner. He was abandoned at a young age and spent most of his childhood in and out of foster homes. While growing up, he seized every chance he could to perform music around town even if it was just for a few people. After finishing high school, he worked as a guard at the Gaston Correctional Facility where an inmate gave him advice with songwriting. Four years later, after dreaming about a music career, he moved to Nashville.
In Nashville, he got a job as a songwriter at Acuff-Rose Music. His first success came with his song, “Put Your Hand in Mine” released by Tracy Byrd in 1999. In 2001, his reputation earned him a contract with DreamWorks Records. In 2003, he released a self-titled album with his first single, “Stay Gone,” about his sister Patricia. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs Chart. Several other songs on the album were very successful including, “I Love You This Much,” “You Are,” and “Blue and Brown.” The song, “Paper Angels,” spotlighted the plight of abused and abandoned children, a subject that Wayne knows all too well.
In 2008, Wayne released his second studio album Do You Believe Me Now. The album's title track was Wayne's first No. 1 hit on the Top Country Songs Chart. After everything that he's been through, Wayne says that he still can't believe his dreams have come true. The first time he heard his first single, “Stay Gone,” on the radio, Wayne remembers rolling down his car window and screaming in happiness.
On January 1, 2010, Wayne started a 1,660 mile solo-hike from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for homeless youth and children aging out of the foster system called the “Meet Me Halfway” campaign. Wayne spent most of his childhood in and out of the foster system after his father abandoned he and his sister and his mother spent most of his life in and out of prison. He completed the hike in seven months after leaving only a few times to perform scheduled concerts.
His most recent album is Sara Smile. The title song is a cover version of Hall & Oates 1976 single.