2016 Keynote Speaker
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. With hits such as "Stay Gone," "I Love You This Much," and "Paper Angels," he released "Do You Believe Me Now," his biggest hit to date, for which he earned the prestigious “MillionAIR Award” for receiving one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded "Sara Smile" with rock 'n roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.
In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster care system. In 2011, Jimmy released the novel Paper Angels which became a made-for-TV movie by the same title. In 2012, Jimmy helped get a legislative bill passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both California and Tennessee (and in North Carolina in 2015).
In 2014, he released Walk to Beautiful, his “New York Times” best-selling memoir which has reach the “New York Times” list on three separate occasions. Jimmy lives in Nashville and continues to raise awareness for kids by writing, singing, and speaking.