Inspiring Keynote Speaker
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which 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 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio.
In 2014 he released Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, a three-time New York Times bestselling memoir which recently crossed the 100,000 print sales milestone.
In 2016 he received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), and in 2017 he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University and in 2018 he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State University San Marcos. In 2019 he was honored by the National Council For Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.
Jimmy has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 223 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth by performing, writing books, and keynote speaking.
Jimmy’s third book — Ruby the Foster Dog — released November 1, 2017 (Broadstreet Publishing).
To find out more about Jimmy and his awareness campaign for foster children, Project Meet Me Halfway, please visit: www.projectmmh.org
Jimmy Wayne (Bullet Point Bio):
Jimmy is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist with hits such as "Stay Gone," "I love You This Much," "Paper Angels" and three-week number one Billboard song titled "Do You Believe Me Now."
• He's a foster care alumni who walked halfway across America from Nashville, Tennessee to Phoenix, Arizona in 2010 to raise awareness for at-risk foster children. As a result, Tennessee, California and North Carolina passed a bill to extend foster care to age 21
• He’s the youngest recipient to receive the Salvation Army's William Booth Award (2005)
• In 2016 he received the Points of Light award from President George H. W. Bush
• In 2017 he was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon
• In 2017 he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from William Woods University
• In 2018 he received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from California State University of San Marcos
• In 2019 he was honored with the 2019 Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families
• He's the author of the novel and made-for-TV movie Paper Angels, author of the New York Times bestseller Walk To Beautiful, and author of the children’s book titled Ruby The Foster Dog
• He’s performed on the Grand Ole Opry more than 223 times