It was summer of 1989, the same year the Berlin Wall fell. My wall wasn't about to come down anytime soon. I was a long-haired, homeless kid scouring the neighborhood looking for odd jobs so I could earn money to buy food.
I spied an open door to a woodshop where an old man stood at a bandsaw. I approached him and asked if he had any work I could do.
"Ask the boss," he said, nodding his head toward a white-haired lady in the back of the woodshop manhandling a radial arm saw. The old lady turned off the saw and walked toward me.
"Do you cut grass?" she asked. "Come back at five."
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Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. With hits such as "Stay Gone," "I Love You This Much," and "Paper Angels," he released "Do You Believe Me Now," his biggest hit to date, for which he earned the prestigious “MillionAIR 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.