Four years ago this week, Jimmy Wayne was crossing into Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee on his Project Meet Me Halfway walk from Nashville to Phoenix, Ariz. to raise awareness and funding for youth aging out of the foster care system. While the 1,700 mile trek -- all done by foot -- has been completed, Wayne still continues to make every minute count in his daily life by focusing on new ways to help make a difference.
Wayne is currently writing his second book since the walk (first being Paper Angels about the Salvation Armys' Angel Tree program, which was released in 2011), this time teaming up with 14-time New York best-selling author Ken Abraham. The new book documents Wayne's triumphant story as a once homeless teen, on through the years spent with his foster family to his country music career, and of course, Project Meet Me Halfway.
"This is the next step in raising awareness for at risk youth aging out of foster care," Wayne tells Roughstock. "I've spent the last four years writing and recording a concept album with Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger, writing my second book with 14-time New York Times best-selling author Ken Abraham, editing over 1,500 GB of video footage I shot on the walk halfway across America in 2010, traveling around America speaking and performing in many different venues and in front of thousands of supporters while connecting with important people in high places who can help make a difference in the lives of children in very low places."
Wayne anticipates the release of the book and new music sometime this year, and welcomes the new chapter in his life and career. "This year is a segue into the biggest year of my life and career -- 2015," Wayne says with a smile. "I will spend 2014 working on my spiritual balance and maintaining good health ... and letting my hair grow as long as I want to!"