Wayne sings for Monday Night Football
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
– Jimmy Wayne will perform the National Anthem when the New Orleans Saints take on the New York Giants Monday Nov. 28. The game will be broadcast on ESPN beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
Wayne is the author of the newly released book, "Paper Angels" (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster). He has also completed writing and recording a new CD. Music from the new recording will be released in 2012 and was inspired by the people he met and places he saw during his 1,700 mile walk across America. The walk, called Project Meet Me Halfway (www.projectmmh.org), was undertaken to raise awareness of at risk foster children. Wayne was himself a foster child and also a recipient of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.
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Sometimes the third time out for an artist can mystify them, as by this point they've chosen to either clone or deconstruct their first record. So what's next? Jimmy Wayne, who sharply veered away from the deep emotional mining of his first effort to more straightforward country- pop on his second, goes the route of a hybrid collection.
There's the big leadoff (and Keith Urban-penned) Things I Believe, which swings for the number one hit fences all the way with a hook heavy ...
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 ...
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 ...