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Jimmy Wayne Launches Online Pet Treat Store for a Good Cause

JW & Ruby @ Phoenix line

JW & Ruby @ Phoenix line

Country music star Jimmy Wayne’s rescued chihuahua is making headlines for a good cause. In honor of his furry friend, Ruby, whom he adopted in 2010, Wayne celebrates the launch of Ruby’s Pet Treats — an online pet treat store which gives dog owners the opportunity to make a positive impact while stocking up on their pet’s favorite snacks, treats and toys. A percentage of each item sold through Ruby’s Pet Treats benefits both The Humane Society of Genesee County in Michigan (a no-kill animal shelter) and Wayne’s Project Meet Me Halfway, which helps care for teens in foster care programs who are at risk for homelessness.

Though many know him for his No. 1 Country Billboard hit, “Do You Believe Me Now,” and Top Tens “Stay Gone,” and “I Love You This Much,” success didn’t come easy for Wayne. A victim of childhood abuse, abandonment and extreme poverty, he has used his success to launch programs like Project Meet Me Halfway and Ruby’s Pet Treats to help improve the lives of the underprivileged.

It was while walking halfway across the U.S., (from Nashville, Tenn. to Phoenix, Ariz.), as part of his Project Meet Me Halfway to raise awareness of the importance of improving the foster care system, that Wayne came across a different kind of foster child — a little chihuahua who had been rescued from a kill shelter. Wayne adopted her from her rescue family on April 1, 2010 and gave her the name Ruby. Today, with the launch of Ruby’s Pet Treats, he hopes to ensure both pets and youth are properly cared for and eventually find loving homes.

Ruby’s Pet Treats is in partnership with Cost Less Pet Treats, offering healthy, high-quality products at a competitive price. The store’s premiere product, and Ruby’s favorite savory snack, are the three-inch Peanut Butter Biscuits which come in a five-pack for $1.49.

Other products offered include those made exclusively in the U.S.A, rawhides, natural treats, gourmet treats, healthy choice treats, designer and stainless steel bowls, dog toys, among other items. Continental U.S. customers can enjoy free shipping on all orders.

To view the full list of products, visit RubysPetTreats.com.

For more information on Jimmy Wayne and Project Meet Me Halfway, visit JimmyWayne.com or projectmmh.org.

Jimmy Wayne Joins the Millionaires Club

Jimmy Wayne

CMTT wants to send a big Yahoo! to Jimmy Wayne. His 2008 single “Do You Believe Me Now” has been awarded the Millionaire Award for 1,000,000 radio plays world wide. The song was written by Tim Johnson, Dave Pahanish and Joe West and was the title track off Jimmy’s sophomore album.

Congrats Jimmy!! Here’s to many more (raises coffee cup).

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Top Country Tweets of the Week – Week of November 4th

Josh Kelley

10. Taking a break from the studio, @JoshBKelley went to the river with his daughter “Naleighs first fish on her super awesome sponge bob rod…shes world class angler !!!”

9. @KelliePickler isn’t having a kid yet, so she is going to focus on being Aunt Kellie “So happy my sister Courtney is in town for a few days. Still can’t believe she’s having a BABY!! & it’s a GIRL! #AuntKellieWillSpoilHer

8. The last few years @JimmyWayne has traveled and played with many people – this week he may have found a new favorite “writing in my journal: @CharlieDaniels is a great leader. He’s one of the nicest gentleman I’ve met in this music business. #icon

7. Read a few tweets from @FrankieBallard and you know he likes to have a good time “Serious questions on the road or in the studio are rarely answered seriously…we’re a sarcastic breed, us..”

6. Road life isn’t always glamorous – @BrettEldredge was back home for a show this week, but wasn’t able to fit a meal in “Bout to play the @opry at the Ryman downtown Nashville! If you are in the crowd, please throw me a BBQ sandwich, I’m starving!”

Sugarland

5. @JenniferNettles needs to stop stealing pumpkins or she will end of giving birth in jail “Guess what I am for Halloween……”

4. With a long road ahead of them, @LBTMusic hit a milestone with their wins Thursday night “We wanna say thank you to our fans for last night. We’ve had the most incredible 24 hrs of our career. It’s because of you! KKJP #CMAawards

3. Everytime I look @ZacBrownBand is gaining members and instruments – I wouldn’t want to wait for that bathroom backstage “Carrie Underwood looks amazing even without makeup. Totally unfair. We spend hours before each show to look this mediocre. #CMAawards”

2. @CarrieUnderwood was correct in her assumption at the end of this tweet – great show and great hosts “Good morning everyone! Happy CMA day! I woke up early excited thinking about our monologue. I think it’s going to be a great night!”

1. After a busy week in country music, @BlakeShelton, our Entertainer of the Year, summed it up best “I. Love. Country. Music!!!!!!!!!! Thank you all!!!!”

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Jimmy Wayne Speaks Up and Speaks Out

Paper Angels Jimmy Wayne

When someone becomes famous we as a society can only hope that this fame and fortune not only entertains us, but is used to touch the lives of others. In the case of the talented singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne this is far and away the case. Some people just talk the talk, but Jimmy walks the walk…. literally! In 2010 he embarked on a life-changing walk across America to bring awareness to homeless youth. This walk started in Nashville, TN and ended in Phoenix, AZ, a 1,700-mile epic journey. This is dedication to a cause at it’s finest. Jimmy didn’t do this for publicity; he did it to change the lives of children. Jimmy is involved in many causes and advocates for issues that can benefit kids. In addition he has recently written a book called “Paper Angels,” which is inspired by his own story. CMTT had the chance to talk to Jimmy about the projects he is involved with.

CMTT:  You created Project Meet Me Halfway, and you are the National CASA spokesperson. Can you tell us a little bit about the mission of these organizations?

Jimmy Wayne: Project Meet Me Halfway’s mission is to generate awareness, not funds. I want to keep it clear and to the point, this is about raising awareness. We can raise numbers and dollars, but if we raise numbers and people and have people knowing about the issue at hand that is ultimately going to make a big difference. When the people speak and push and vote that makes change. CASA is also an extraordinary organization because it is made up of volunteers. There is no money involved; volunteers don’t get paid so you know the child’s best interest is in mind. When they are standing in the courtroom speaking up for a kid, the judge knows that that women or man has the very best interest of that child in mind. When I heard about CASA and how they operate I fell in love and knew that is what I wanted to be affiliated with because they are real. I had to prove myself to become a spokesperson; they had to learn who I was and what I was about.

CMTT:  You are an avid advocate for foster care children, adoption, at risk youth and homeless teens. What is an example of a single act of kindness that you have witnessed as an advocate for children?

JW: Actually one of the biggest things that has happened here in the last few months is getting a bill passed in the state of TN that extended foster care to age 21. It doesn’t cost much money, but what it does is helps many kids. If my numbers are correct, 258 children in the state of TN enrolled in college this year because this bill was passed. If this bill had passed the lives of those 258 people would have been different. They would have aged out of foster care and the statistics that surround these children when they don’t have help is startling. So seeing this one act of kindness by everyone involved in getting that bill passed was inspiring. We all worked together, we all did it. Because of everybody’s little piece and that one act of kindness, there are now 258 children going to college.

Jimmy is very passionate about these causes and believes the more people that know, the more awareness will spread.  For more information regarding the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

For more information on CASA please visit www.CASAforChildren.org.

Jimmy also started the Meet Me Halfway campaign to raise awareness for youth who “age out” of the foster care system and face serious problems. Visit www.projectMMH.org to learn more and see how you can help.

Read PART 1 of our interview with Jimmy Wayne here.

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Jimmy Wayne Chats With CMTT About His New Novel “Paper Angels”

Paper Angels Jimmy Wayne

Jimmy Wayne is a well-known singer/songwriter who doesn’t just make music. He may be best known for his hits “Do you Believe Me Now,” and “Paper Angels,” but behind the music is a man with a mission. Jimmy Wayne’s own childhood has inspired him to be an avid voice for foster children, and homeless youth. His song “Paper Angels” was written with his past in mind and now he is raising awareness about the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project with his new book “Paper Angels.” CMTT recently had the change to sit down and talk with Jimmy about the new book, how it came to be, his childhood and his inspirations.

CMTT: Your new book “Paper Angels” was inspired by events in your own life. Can you give us a little background on your childhood, and tell us how the Salvation Army’s Paper Angel program played a part in the lives of you and your sister?

Jimmy Wayne: The Angel Tree Program is the official name of the organization. It started in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White. I didn’t know, being I was a little kid, where we were getting our gifts. The Angel tree Program was Santa Claus to me. Mom would sign up for us to get gifts and food and had there not been a program in place like the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, we (my sister and I) wouldn’t have gotten anything for Christmas. Mom was a single parent and struggling REALLY hard…we were just so poor. I have always felt the need to give back now and to raise awareness for this program.

CMTT: Your song “Paper Angels” was a big hit and also inspired by your experiences. What motivated you to write the song?

JW: After I had some success, one day I was standing in the mall and overlooking this Angel Tree. As I stood there it reminded me of my own childhood. I thought this is a way that I can help. I have been given this gift of music, to be able to go out and play for people, but it also allows me to give back and that is the coolest thing. There were a lot of people who didn’t like the idea, but I knew in my heart of hearts, they didn’t know what it was about. This made me realize, they NEED to know what it is about. So I went ahead and wrote the song “Paper Angels,” and it worked! It generated a lot of awareness, a lot of people’s eyes were opened to what that Christmas tree is in the mall that has these paper angels hanging on it. More people know what that is now because of the song. I have had many people tell me they never knew what it is before, and they are thankful for that song because it brought it to their attention.

CMTT: So how did the idea of writing the book “Paper Angels” come about?

JW: Well, the song was now old hat, people had heard it, and today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrapping paper. I figured, we have got to do it again to raise more awareness, how are we going to do it? My mission had always been to someday write a book about it, and sure enough the time came. January 7th 2010 during my walk half way across America to raise awareness for foster youth, I received a phone call from Travis Thrasher that I will never forget it. We just started talking, and I instantly knew it he was the perfect match to write this story with me. He is very friendly, and loves his family, and sure enough we wrote it together. We also got an offer from Hallmark Hall of Fame to film a little movie about the book, this is still in the works, and not a for sure thing. I hope it comes through so this important story continues to be told.

CMTT: You dedicate the book to Bea and Russell Costner saying,” There wouldn’t be me if there hadn’t been you.” Tell us a little bit about how they encouraged you and led you to who you are today.

JW: They never bragged. They never told me to do anything, they just did it and I watched and learned from them. Actions do speak louder than words a majority of the time. They helped the community and children their entire life. I didn’t know a lot of things they did until after their death because they never ever talked about it, they just did it. That inspired me. One day I was in my house, warm and cozy and it was cold outside and I started thinking about when I was living outside. I don’t dwell on it, but the thought of it keeps me grounded. I started thinking about that, and Bea and Russell and that’s what inspired me to want to do that walk (Jimmy walked from Nashville to Arizona in 2010. 1,700 miles to raise awareness for homeless youth). I wanted to give it my all, I decided I have to do what I said I was going to do and it has to be on a grand scale. There was a lot of support, but there were people who told me I was crazy doing that walk. I lost of business partners; I lost friends, and my record deal. I came back though with exactly what I set out to find. I found myself, that’s for sure, but it helped so many people and so many kids along the way.

CMTT:  In the book there is a fifteen-year-old boy named Thomas Brandt. Tell us about the process you went through creating this character and how closely related is his story to your own?

JW: To be honest, Thomas is actually based on my sister. That is who I had in mind when we were creating Thomas. She is more of the caretaker, and did take care of me when I was a kid. She and I are a year apart, but she was my sister, my mother, my friend, my bodyguard…all of these things. She has such a great heart. She has adopted a little girl of her own, and her heart is just so huge. I thought it would just be so cool to incorporate her into Thomas’s character.

CMTT: You recently had the opportunity to give a copy of “Paper Angels” to Laura Bush. How did that come about?

JW: I was invited to be at an event with the Salvation Army. They wanted me to speak and sing a few songs, one being “Paper Angels.” Laura Bush was there, and I just happened to have a “Paper Angels” book in my car (laughs). She was very nice, and I know she is an avid reader, so I handed her my book and asked her to please read it. I received a letter from her telling me she read it and enjoyed it. I hope she continues to help me raise awareness.

CMTT: What do you hope people who pick up and read “Paper Angels” get out of the book and what do you hope it stirs in people??

JW: What I always hoped that any of my work would do is to generate awareness, as much awareness as possible. I think with awareness comes change. I hope when people get this book they will not just read it, but read IN TO it, and get the message of what we should be doing in this world. For some reason this country can be a very selfish society. We need to have children’s best interest at heart. That’s what we are missing right now in this country, so I hope that when people read this book it will give them some sense of that. If you have a roof over your head and food in your stomach you are doing good compared to a lot of the world. The kids NEED to be taken care of.

Jimmy’s book, “Paper Angels” will be in stores November 1st!! Be sure to check it out, it will touch your heart!

CMTT wants to hear from YOU! Do you have some country music info you want to share? Email me Krissie Humphrey, krissie@countrymusictattletale.com. You can also follow me on twitter @khmusic12.  Don’t miss a country music beat! Sign up to receive free email updates or subscribe to CMTT via RSS today!

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