Jimmy Wayne will perform the National Anthem when the New Orleans Saints take on the New York Giants tonight on Monday Night Football. The game will be broadcast on ESPN beginning at 8:30 pm ET. And don’t miss Justin Moore performing tonight on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
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Jimmy Wayne has a new book in stores today called Paper Angels. Although it is a work of fiction, the book was inspired by Jimmy’s own childhood as a recipient of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Paper Angels was written with best-selling author Travis Thrasher. The book tells the story of a husband and father named Kevin who is trying to make it in the suffering economy, and how his life collides with a fifteen-year-old-boy’s named Thomas, who is reeling from the implosion of his own family caused by his alcoholic father, when Kevin picks his name off of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Project at a local shopping mall. The book is described as “a heartwarming novel about the importance of faith, the true meaning of Christmas and how one simple act of kindness changed the lives involved forever.”
A couple of things worth checking out tonight on TV: ABC will re-air the CMA Country Christmas special that originally aired last month, hosted by Jennifer Nettles. The show features performances of holiday songs by Rascal Flatts, Reba, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Kelli Pickler, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland and Sheryl Crow. Jimmy Wayne will appear on the 12th annual A Home for the Holidays special on CBS. The special will feature other celebrities such as Melissa Etheridge, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry and Maroon 5 speaking about the power of adoption. Jimmy will perform part of the song “Belongs to You” and discuss how his adoptive family affected his life.
Jimmy Wayne is writing a new book called Paper Angels that will be published by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, in Fall 2011. The book is inspired by Jimmy’s childhood growing up in the foster care system in North Carolina and it will be co-authored with well-known novelist Travis Thrasher, who has been described as “the Nicholas Sparks of Christian Fiction.” “It’s a fictional story based on my past,” Jimmy explained to The Tennessean. “What I’m trying to do is touch on real things that happen every day in real people’s lives, like I do in my music.” Jimmy says he and Travis actually started writing the book about five days into his cross-country walk from Nashville to Phoenix, and now the first draft is almost complete.
Jimmy Wayne completed his 1,700 mile, seven month walking journey from Nashville to Phoenix on Sunday. He was walking to raise awareness about teenage homelessness and even walked the last five miles of the trip with a broken foot with the aid of a boot and some pain killers. When he flew home to Nashville on Tuesday night he was overwhelmed when about 60 well-wishers, incuding many foster kids, surprised him at baggage claim cheering his return and holding signs welcoming him home. According to The Tennessean, the foster kids were from Monroe Harding Children’s Home, where Jimmy began his journey on January 1st. “When I turned the corner and saw everybody … I was like, ‘Holy (cow),’ ” Jimmy told The Tennessean. “I didn’t expect this. … I’ve been gone seven months walking, and to come home to this is the best feeling.” Jimmy said his plans when he got home were to do laundry, get a cup of coffee and stand in front of the thermorstat. He explains the inspiration to do the walk in the first place happened the last time he stood in front of his thermostat. “I had just turned it up a little bit, and I was all warm and stirring a cup of coffee,” he said. “It made me feel guilty, (that) I was able to do that. But on top of that I hadn’t done anything to give back that year. I think today I will probably go home and look at the thermostat again, turn it down, say thanks, and stir my coffee.”
Jimmy Wayne completed his 1,700 mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix yesterday in a bit of dramatic fashion. He left Nashville on January 1st and began walking to help raise awareness for teenage homelessness, and seven months later he crossed his finish line at the HomeBase Youth Services headquarters in Phoenix … with a broken foot. When he arrived in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday he was experiencing some severe foot pain, a fever and a swollen ankle which required him to see a podiatrist. “The doctor did an X-ray and it is unbelievable,” Jimmy told The Tennessean. “My heel is broken in half. It’s certainly not the news I wanted to hear.” Jimmy suspects he actually broke it about 50 miles prior when he spent several days walking down steep mountainous terrain, but he wasn’t going to let that stop him. With five miles to go Jimmy got some medication for the pain and had an air boot put on his foot and he finished his walk. Doctors estimate it will take six to eight weeks for the break to heal.
Jimmy Wayne will wrap up his seven month walk from Nashville to Phoenix on Sunday morning. Jimmy began walking from Nashville on January 1st to the HomeBase Youth Services headquarters in Phoenix to help raise awareness for teen homelessness and teens who age out of the foster care system. Over the past seven months he has logged over 1,700 miles. Tomorrow he will perform at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa, Arizona to celebrate his approach to the finish line. Then at 8am local time on Sunday he will begin the walk of the final two miles into Phoenix. You can learn more about Jimmy’s walk and follow his progress by logging onto meetmehalfway.jimmywayne.com.
January 1, 2010, Jimmy Wayne left Nashville to walk to Phoenix on his Meet Me Halfway walk to raise awareness for teenage homelessness. Along the 1,700 mile journey he has endured one of the coldest winters on record, hailstorms, tornadoes, severe rain and flooding and then triple digit temperatures all along the way. But on July 31st Jimmy will arrive in the Phoenix area, where he plans to put on a free concert at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Mesa, AZ, which he is dubbing the “Last Big Push” rally as he prepares to complete his walk to Phoenix the following day. On August 1st supporters will be invited to walk the final mile of Jimmy’s journey with him to the HomeBase Youth Services offices.
Jimmy Wayne is almost to his final destination of Phoenix on his Meet Me Halfway Walk across America to raise awareness about teenage homelessness and teens who age out of the foster care system, but he recently took a short break to have a little fun at a karaoke bar in Show Low, Arizona. Jimmy decided to enter a karaoke contest, but not as himself. He borrowed the name Barry Wong, which he saw on a political sign about 20 miles before he got to the karaoke bar, and he decided to take his act over the top by dressing in a hot pink tank top, a cowboy hat and ski goggles. Jimmy explained to The Boot, “The contest was being held in a bar, like one of those bars where you could get your butt kicked over a dart game,” so you can imagine how well his intentionally bad and flamboyant performance of Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon” was received. As Jimmy danced and sang out of tune he distinctly remembers “One cowboy said to another cowboy sitting on the front row, ‘You hold him, and I’ll hit him!’” After the audience booed him and the house lights came on Jimmy hightailed it out of the bar before he could find out if the cowboys were serious. There’s actually a video of Jimmy’s performance, which you can see here.
Jimmy Wayne started walking from Nashville to Phoenix on January 1st to raise awareness for homeless teenagers and teens who age out of the foster care system. As of today Jimmy is less than 200 miles away from his final destination and he expects to complete his walk by the end of the month. The 1,600 mile journey has been challenging both physically and mentally for Jimmy, but it’s the people he’s met along the way and the stories they have been sharing that have kept him going. “I just got two letters last night and one a few minutes ago from families who have been inspired by this walk,” Jimmy told The Tennessean. “One family went out and adopted three teens. I just told them that is enough for me to know that this walk was so worth it. Those kids’ lives are changed. Their lives are now on a different track. The word has spread, and seeing the results on the back end of this walk is so (gratifying).” And since he entered Arizona the support has been almost overwhelming. He says there hasn’t been a day that he’s walked alone. Just last week a family from Indiana flew out to walk with Jimmy as part of their summer vacation. “I just want people to know the reason I did this was to inspire people to help these teens that need homes,” says Jimmy. “I want people to help this campaign and help raise awareness of this epidemic until it’s no longer a problem. … The walk will end, but the movement won’t stop.” You can keep up with Jimmy’s progress on his web site, meetmehalfway.jimmywayne.com.
Jimmy Wayne has inked a new book deal, although the details about what he plans to write about are a little unclear. Jimmy tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract with the caption, “Signed the contracts today for my first book deal! Very excited! @travisthrasher & I are writing it.” Jimmy has been journaling extensively about his cross-country Meet Me Halfway walk that has him walking 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness about teenage homelessness. There’s a possibility he could be turning those journals into some sort of book. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my journals from the walk when I’m done, but I’d like to do something special with them,” Jimmy told The Boot last month. “I’ve thought of many different things because I like photography. I’d like to do something with my pictures and my journal.” Jimmy is expected to complete his walk by the end of July. You can keep up with his journey by logging onto meetmehalfway.jimmywayne.com.
For the first time since he moved to Nashville Jimmy Wayne won’t be in Nashville for the CMA Music Festival, because he is busy finishing his “Meet Me Halfway” walk across the country to raise awareness for homeless teens and teens who age out of the foster care system. But he tells a funny story about the first time he came to Nashville, not realizing that the Festival was happening. “You always think when you come to Nashville that you’re going to run into an artist. I happened to come to Nashville during a Fan Fair week and didn’t even know it. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s true! They’re playing all over the place!’ I told everybody back home, ‘You’re not going to believe it! They’re everywhere out here … you got to come out here and see this!’ Of course the next week they were all gone.” By the way, Jimmy recently got an unexpected tweet from, of all people, Paris Hilton. Out of the blue Paris tweeted “Jimmy Wayne, I’d love to walk with you!”. So far she hasn’t joined him on his trek, but stay tuned.
Jimmy Wayne has been named the National Celebrity Spokesperson for FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care. Jimmy began walking from Nashville to Phoenix on New Year’s Day to raise awareness for homeless teens and teens who age out of the foster care system, and he grew in foster care, so he will be able to speak from personal experience about the importance of supporting foster youth. “From my past, I know firsthand what young people in foster care are facing,” says Jimmy. “Young people in this country should not be faced with that kind of situation – especially kids who we’ve stepped in to care for when their families couldn’t. If the bit of celebrity I have can help me raise awareness of this situation –that there are kids and young people out there who need our help, then I feel like I have accomplished my goal.”
Jimmy Wayne will take a break from his cross country walk to raise awareness about teenage homelessness to headline the National Foster Care Month event on the north steps of California’s State Capitol in Fresno. The statewide kick-off to National Foster Care Month is an annual event to raise awareness of foster youth needs and honor local programs that “make a difference”.
Jimmy Wayne is currently featured on Ladies Home Journal’s website, in the “Do Good” section, where they are praising him for his Meet Me Halfway initiative that has him walking from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness about teenage homelessness and teenagers who age out of the foster care system. You can read the feature here. Believe it or not, Jimmy has been walking across country since January 1st, and just last week he reached New Mexico! Jimmy told The Boot, . “I am so incredibly excited that I have made it into New Mexico. I am one state away [from finishing the walk]. I can’t believe it!” He has walked over 1000 miles in 106 days and he still has about 640 miles to go before reaching his final destination, HomeBase Youth Services in Phoenix. To follow Jimmy’s journey or to learn more about his efforts click here.
Jimmy Wayne still has about two months of walking to do on his journey from Nashville to Phoenix to raise money and awareness about homeless teens and teens who age out of the foster care system, but he’s already thinking about the trip home to Nashville. “It would be nice to get to Phoenix and not have to get on a plane,” Jimmy told The Boot. “It would be cool to get a car — like a Cadillac or a convertible — and drive it back the same route that I took walking there. It would be neat just to drive back so I can see everything and reminisce in fast forward.” Once he does get home Jimmy says he’s considered selling his house and buying something out in the country because his walk along the backroads has inspired him to want to live in the country. He loves his current neighbors but he’d like to get some honest to God country folk, like the ones he’s met on his journey, as neighbors. “There’s just something about country folk that’s different … I like that,” he tells The Boot. Jimmy should reach Phoenix on foot sometime in June.
On New Year’s Day Jimmy Wayne kicked off his Meet Me Halfway initiative and began walking from Nashville to Phoenix. Tomorrow Jimmy will walk into Amarillo, Texas, which is the halfway point of his journey. By the time he reaches Amarillo he will have been walking for 93 days and covered approximately 977. Jimmy began his journey as a way to raise awareness about teenage homelessness and foster children who “age out” of the system without any sort of support system. Jimmy will celebrate the milestone of making it halfway to Phoenix with a party at the Hastings Record Store in Amarillo, where he will share his experiences on the road, and the reasons he undertook the walk.
Jimmy Wayne is walking across America trying to raise money and awareness for teen homelessness, and unfortunately while he’s focused on doing something good, some other people in Arkansas had other bad intentions. Jimmy is being followed by an RV, which transports his personal belongings, including his suitcase containing all of his stage clothes for when he takes a break from walking to perform an occasional show. Over the weekend while he was in Hot Springs, Arkansas, someone stole his suitcase out of the RV. Jimmy told The Boot, “It’s an orange and black suitcase with all my stage clothes that I use when I have to stop [walking] and do a show. It also had my Marmot clothes (one of the big sponsors of Jimmy’s Meet Me Halfway walk) in it, including a leather jacket. It was last seen Tuesday at the Comfort Suites Hotel parking lot where my driver stayed … I need those clothes!” While Jimmy is incredibly disappointed that someone would steal his suitcase while he’s trying to do something good for others, he says, “It’s very wrong, but may the missing suitcase be a blessing and a lesson to all of us. We can’t allow anything to deter the mission of project ‘Meet Me Halfway.’ These kids need us.” When Marmot heard about the theft they contacted Jimmy and offered to replace all of the stolen outdoor gear. If anyone does find or know the whereabouts of Jimmy’s missing suitcase they’re asked to contact him through his Twitter account at twitter.com/jimmywayne.
Jimmy Wayne left Nashville on foot on New Year’s Day, with a plan to walk 1700 miles to Phoenix, Arizona, to raise awareness of homeless teens and adults who age out of the foster care system. By Tuesday night he had logged 530 miles, crossing the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. Jimmy has endured harsh weather, freezing temperatures and even set backs from taking a wrong turn, but he says, “Walking through the small towns and farmlands in Tennessee and Arkansas has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have met some incredible and generous people who have offered me meals, a warm and dry place to sleep and companionship.” Jimmy has named his journey Meet Me Halfway, and you can keep up with his progress and make a donation to the cause on meetmehalfway/jimmywayne.com
Jimmy Wayne checked in from his cross-country walk to raise awareness about teenage homelessness through a webcast yesterday morning. Despite the fact that he’s been battling the freezing cold and harsh weather elements Jimmy is feeling hopeful and optimistic. He’s been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of strangers who have left him meals along the side of the road, brought him coffee and supplies and even offered him a place to stay in their homes. Jimmy is thankful for all the people that are following his journey on Twitter and the web site MeetMeHalfway.JimmyWayne.com, and he’s hopeful that people will continue to donate to the cause as well. Toward the end of his webcast he demonstrated that despite the challenges he’s enjoying the journey, saying, “I’m on my way to Memphis, Tennessee. I can’t wait to get there, ‘cause I know there’s a good rib place there to eat. I’m gonna definitely check that out!”