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.”