Can we get a drumroll please! His Royal Highness is ready to be announced! The 2022 Bell Buckle RC-MoonPie King is none other than award-winning country recording artist Jimmy Wayne! Jimmy has performed at the Grand Ole Opry a whopping 224 times! He lives in neighboring Nashville and works tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth.
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 more than 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.
Jimmy has performed to a standing room only crowd at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall recently and brought the house down with his crazy funny sense of humor which fits right in with Bell Buckle’s tongue-in-cheek way of life. Jimmy’s down home earthiness is a crowd pleaser that doesn’t just impress the audience but also makes each attendee feel as though they are having their own personal concert.
He may be all star studded and rhinestone shine, but Jimmy Wayne is so much more than an amazing country music icon. Jimmy actually plays your heartstrings as much as he plays the guitar as he is a former foster kid whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.
So let’s have a little background info on HRH, shall we? In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster care system. While walking, he wrote the Christmas novel Paper Angels (2011, Simon & Schuster). In 2012, Jimmy lobbied to pass legislative bills extending the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in California and Tennessee.
In 2013, Jimmy’s first film, Paper Angels (UPtv) became an instant holiday classic and in 2014 he released Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way (2014, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins) which became a three-time New York Times bestseller, crossing the 170,000 sales milestone in early 2019, and became a #1 Bestseller at Amazon.
In 2016 Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), while simultaneously contributing to the extension of foster care services from age 18 to 21 in North Carolina and Ohio.
In 2017, Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University. In 2018 he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State University San Marcos and most recently, (May, 2019) he was honored by the National Council For Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.
This is one cool RC King! Be sure to make your plans to be in Bell Buckle on Saturday, June 18th. Jimmy will be throwing MoonPies from his parade vehicle to the crowd then off to the stage for the big Coronation Bell Buckle style! You gotta be there for this!