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Jimmy Wayne Inspirational New York Times Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Musician

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  • 2017 Ruby the Foster Dog
  • 2014 Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
  • 2012 Paper Angels: A Novel

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.

Jimmy’s 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 one million radio spins in America.

•In 2009 Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

•In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster-care system.

•In 2011, Jimmy released the novel Paper Angels, which became a made-for-TV movie of the same title.

•In 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both California and Tennessee, and in 2015, he did the same in his home state of North Carolina.

•In 2014, Jimmy released Walk to Beautiful, his three-time New York Times Bestselling memoir.

•In 2017, Jimmy released Ruby The Foster Dog, a children’s book for all ages.

Jimmy Wayne is the youngest recipient to receive the Salvation Army's William Booth award.

•In June of 2016 President George H. W Bush presented Jimmy with the prestigious Points of Light award.

•In 2017 Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon.

•In 2017 Jimmy received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from William Woods University.

• in 2018 Jimmy received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from California State University of San Marcos

Jimmy has performed the Grand Ole Opry more than 220 times.

•He lives in Nashville and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth by performing, writing books, keynote speaking and through .

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