Countless country music stars have built careers singing about hard times, but Jimmy Wayne has actually lived them, Coca-Cola’s website says. The former foster kid turned chart-topping singer/songwriter and bestselling author uses both his lyrics and his prose to shine a light on teens who age out of the foster system and become homeless, just as he did more than 25 years ago.
In addition to recording country hits such as “Do You Believe Me Now”, Wayne is an acclaimed novelist whose 2011 book, Paper Angels, became a made-for-TV movie and whose inspiring 2014 memoir, Walk to Beautiful, tells his story of survival and triumph as a kid bouncing in and out of foster homes and on and off the streets. Coca-Cola is promoting the paperback release of the New York Times bestseller through a special holiday merchandising program in grocery stores across the country, and by supporting Wayne’s charity, Project Meet Me Halfway.
(Editor’s note: I’ve had the pleasure of writing about Jimmy’s memoir. I recently answered the calling to be a foster parent and urge you to consider doing so as well. My wife and I recently adopted our foster child. If adoption is not your calling, you don’t have to do so; you can provide a loving, safe home for as long as a foster child needs. Here is my review of Jimmy’s book: https://tnchristiannews.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/country-singer-jimmy-wayne-went-through-hell-as-a-child-now-he-builds-brighter-future-for-others/)
FOR COKE’S Q&A WITH JIMMY: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/JimmyWayne/#TCCC