Jimmy Wayne Says Walk Inspired New Music

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You would think that after his 1,700-mile trek across the United States for the Meet Me Halfway campaign, Jimmy Wayne would be catching up on plenty of sleep every night in a comfy bed. Not so, says the singer. “This walk has inspired me to no end. I woke up last night at 2:30 a.m. and I wrote for three hours. I couldn’t go to sleep. I have this mountain of creativity,” he tells Country Weekly. “I knew it would happen. You cannot walk across America and not prime the well of creativity.”

He says his latest batch of songs is different than what people expect. “I think people thought I was going to come back and write a whole album about foster kids and the homeless, and poor this and poor that,” Jimmy says. “It’s not that. It’s the experience, man. It [takes] that experience and pulls from that. [I had to] figure out how to write a song inspired by that and write it in a way that everyone relates to. Because not everyone can relate to walking across America. It’s foreign to them.”

He also says he feels extremely confident in the new music he's writing post-walk. “You come back home and everything is different. You see things differently. The coolest thing is walking into the writer’s room with a new, fresh idea. I feel more confident now than I’ve felt in 10 years. I’m so confident in the music I’m writing now. I was 100 percent confident about 'Do You Believe Me Now' and I fought hard for that song, and it worked. I think when you find that confidence, don’t let anyone get you off track.”

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