Jimmy Wayne to release autobiography in October
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 7, 2014
Country singer Jimmy Wayne is sharing his difficult yet inspiring life story in an autobiography, “Walk To Beautiful,” set for release October 7.
Jimmy is best known for his 2008 No. 1 hit “Do You Believe Me Now,” as well as the top 10 hits “Stay Gone” and “I Love You This Much,” both from 2003.
The singer collaborated with 14-time New York Times best-selling author Ken Abraham on what Country Weekly describes as “a heart-tugging book that documents his life, from growing up in foster homes, including the heart-wrenching and horrific events he faced as a child through neglect and abuse, all the way to his career in country music.”
“This book is a milestone in my entire career,” Jimmy tells Country Weekly. “I haven’t been this excited since I released my very first album in 2003. I’ve always wanted to share my story in songs, but that was kind of hard to get everything into three minutes. This book tells my entire life story, and I wrote it because I feel like it’s going to inspire people.”
Part of the book details Jimmy’s walk from Nashville to Phoenix in 2010 in an effort to raise awareness about foster care youth who age out of the system and have nowhere to turn.
“When I got back from my walk, I just said I probably should write down my memories because there was so much that happened prior to the walk,” Jimmy tells Country Weekly. “I started writing my book chronologically about things that I remembered. … When I met Ken Abraham, I gave him about 700 pages worth of facts, and him being a New York Times best-seller author, he knew exactly what to do with these notes.”
“This book is my voice,” he adds. “When you read this book, you’ll understand and know everything about me. You’ll know why I stood my ground and stood by songs like ‘Paper Angels,’” Jimmy’s third single that peaked at No. 18 in 2003. “I was told that song was stupid, but I stood my ground. I stood my ground with ‘I Love You This Much’ and ‘Stay Gone,’ and I stood my ground with a song called ‘Where You’re Going,’ which has helped so many people and it continues to help people. I’ve learned that standing your ground works. I’m still doing it, and I always will.”
Pre-orders for “Walk to Beautiful” can be placed on Jimmy’s website here.