Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center supporters gathered at the Preston Hollow home of Amy and Kelcy Warren for an intimate concert by country music artist Jimmy Wayne, who performed inspirational songs and shared his personal story as a child abuse survivor. Dubbed Encore for Advocacy, the event celebrated the transformative power of music therapy.
Guests — including Joyce Goss, Laura and Paul Hudson, Cynthia and Harry Farnham, and Selwyn Rayzor — listened intently as Wayne wove together songs and storytelling, sharing the chance encounter with an elderly couple who gave him a home and a chance for a better life.
“I told myself that when I make it, I’m not going to forget where I came from,” Wayne said.
With encouragement from his unconventional new family, Wayne pursued his dream as a singer/songwriter in Nashville. Song such as “I Love You This Much,” “Paper Angels” and “So Do You Believe Me Now” have all been hits, and Wayne is now a working musician and published author as well as a speaker and advocate for children.
Proceeds from Encore for Advocacy benefit the music therapy program at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center whose mission is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues.