Award-winning recording artist and New York Times bestselling author Jimmy Wayne to keynote Sunrise Children’s Services fundraiser

Jimmy Wayne at Sunrise

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Award-winning country recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and keynote speaker Jimmy Wayne will deliver a moving performance during a Sunrise Children’s Services fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will take place at Lexington Christian Academy (450 W. Reynolds Rd.) at 7 p.m. ET with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. ET.

The former foster child plans to showcase his music and share stories about traumatic times during his youth, both of which highlight his mission to raise awareness around foster care.

The public is invited to attend this highly anticipated event in honor of foster children everywhere. General admission tickets are on sale for $20 and can be purchased from Sunrise at Any questions regarding tickets should be directed to 502.538.1024.

Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much,” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air 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 (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster care system. In 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio. In 2014, he released “Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way,” a three-time New York Times bestselling memoir which recently crossed the 100,000 print sales milestone. In 2016, he received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), and in 2017 he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University.

Jimmy has performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage more than 215 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth by performing, writing books, and keynote speaking. Jimmy’s ultimate goal is to build transitional homes for youth who age out of foster care without a place to live.

To find out more about Jimmy and his awareness campaign for foster children, Project Meet Me Halfway, please visit:


Sunrise Children’s Services offers Kentucky’s hurting children and families a continuum of Christ-centered care, including therapeutic, residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned, and victimized children throughout the state. Sunrise’s nonprofit ministry began in 1869 — today, it is a fully licensed behavioral health service organization helping change the lives of at-risk children throughout the Commonwealth. For more information or to learn how you can help a child in crisis, call 1.800.456.1386.

Written by Melissa Bailey, Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey