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April 06, 2010
Jimmy Wayne

After several top-twenty singles and a number one, Takamine artist Jimmy Wayne feels he has already beaten the odds. Not so much by succeeding in the incredibly difficult music business, but by finding any sort of security and acceptance whatsoever.

Jimmy Wayne survived an extremely turbulent, abusive childhood. Abandoned by his parents at a very young age, Jimmy was shuttled to a series of abusive foster homes and eventually ended up living on the street. It wasn't until he was eventually taken in by a North Carolina couple named Russell and Beatrice Costner that Jimmy ever felt the love and security of family. It was the open hearts of Russell and Bea that has made all the difference in Jimmy's life and he has never forgotten.

To increase awareness of those kids in similar situations, the abandoned, the abused and those aging out of the foster care system, Jimmy has devised a scheme that involves no less than walking from Nashville to Phoenix, in essence halfway across the United States. He calls the project "Meet Me Halfway".

Several months into his trek Jimmy has walked through snow and ice storms and is now dealing with the heat in Amarillo Texas. He is now halfway to Phoenix and his efforts are having the desired effect. Local and National press have covered his efforts throughout, affording the awareness Jimmy was targeting.

Jimmy has been a friend of KMC Music since first arriving in Nashville and we are extremely proud of his efforts. To hear Jimmy explain the project in his own words click on to:
http://gotcountry.blogspot.com/2010/03/jimmy-waynes-story-behind-meet-me.html

Music video by Jimmy Wayne performing Sara Smile.
http://www.mitchellalomar.com/2010/03/jimmy-wayne-sara-smile/

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