Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2010 Jimmy Wayne arrived at HomeBase Youth Services in Phoenix, finishing a seven-month Meet Me Halfway walk for homeless teens?

It’s true!

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Here are 5 little known truths about Jimmy Wayne.

  • Jimmy Wayne Barber was born on October 23, 1972 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
  • His father abandoned him and his sister at a young age. His mother wasn’t much of a mother at all, as she was in and out of jail a lot leaving the kids to fend for themselves. Jimmy and his sister entered the foster care system soon after.
  • He eventually moved in with an elderly couple, Russell and Bea Costner, who lived just down the road from where his mother was living, after being hired to mow their lawn.
  • After finishing high school, he worked as a guard at the Gaston Correctional Facility, where he took songwriting advice from an inmate.
  • He earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at a community college. Afterwards he worked as a corrections officer for 4 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his music career.

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