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Jimmy Wayne tells story on TV special

Saturday, December 4, 2010 – Jimmy Wayne will participate in a TV special this month focusing on foster care adoption.

The 12th annual A Home for the Holidays, a new hour-long entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CBS. Performers include Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin and Nelly. The show will open with a performance by Katy Perry.

The hosts of "The Talk," Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur and actress Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite") will be among the talent set to present.

The special will tell stories about foster care adoption to raise awareness about the issue.

Wayne's story will be part of the show. He was abandoned at a bus station when he was 13 years old and shuffled through 12 schools and more than 8 foster placements before he met Russell and Bea Costner, a couple in their 70s who opened their home. "I was 16 years old, and that family changed my whole life, every cell in my body. I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for them." Wayne graduated from college and soon signed his first recording contract.

Earlier this year, Wayne launched the Meet Me Halfway project with his seven-month walk halfway across America to raise awareness about foster care.

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Jimmy Wayne's turbulent childhood as a foster child and teen delinquent, and his personal journal writings, fueled many of the songs on his self-titled debut, painting him as a survivor and poet with a strapping, emotional voice and a penchant for vulnerable story songs. He brings more of these dramatic tales to his soulful sophomore effort (and first on the new label). In Kerosene Kid, Wayne reminisces about facing his classmates' jeers each winter, as he smelled of the kerosene he »»»
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One wants desperately to like Jimmy Wayne - though he's just 30, he's already had enough trouble to last several lifetimes. But though "Stay Gone," the first single from his self-titled debut, has much to recommend it, it's one of the few bright spots in a generally undistinguished album. The basic problem isn't hard to see. Though he's a good songwriter with solid songwriting skills - 8 of the 12 cuts have his name among the credits - the production here surrounds him with generic country-pop »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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