Jimmy Wayne will release his autobiography, Walk to Beautiful, on October 7. He was inspired to write his story after his 2010 walk from Nashville to Phoenix for his Meet Me Halfway campaign, which raised awareness for foster youth who have aged out of the system. The book will chronicle his childhood spent in foster homes, as well as his country music career.
“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,” he told Country Weekly. “Then, just the walk itself was so many details I figured I need to write everything down because I’m not going to remember this years from now. I remember standing in my kitchen at the counter, and the first thing I wrote down was, ‘My first memory is . . .’ I started writing my book chronologically about things that I remembered.”
Wayne co-wrote the book with 14-time New York Times best-selling author Ken Abraham. Throughout the book, Wayne tells of his life in foster homes, facing neglect and abuse. 75-year-old Bea Costner rescued Jimmy from the streets when he was 16 and helped turn his life around. She passed away in 1997.
“She saved my life,” Wayne said. “I just think that’s an inspiring story. When you read where I come from, it just puts things into perspective. You will know just how important this person was. We need positive, uplifting and inspiring stories in this world. So, that’s why I felt like it was the perfect time to write this book. I’m pumped up about it.
“This book is a milestone in my entire career,” he continued. “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.”
Walk to Beautiful is available for pre-order at JimmyWayne.com.