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Famed country singer mentors CMS students

Performance Learning Center students Andrew Kramer, 16, left, Miguel Perry, 18, and Verlona Pulliam, 18, talk with country singer Jimmy Wayne on Monday. Wayne, who grew up in a foster home, became an award-winning singer/songwriter and New York Times best-selling author. Wayne inspired students Monday with his songs and stories about his road to success.
Performance Learning Center students Andrew Kramer, 16, left, Miguel Perry, 18, and Verlona Pulliam, 18, talk with country singer Jimmy Wayne on Monday. Wayne, who grew up in a foster home, became an award-winning singer/songwriter and New York Times best-selling author. Wayne inspired students Monday with his songs and stories about his road to success. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Award-winning musician and New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Wayne visited two Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools Monday. He mentored 450 students on the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. Wayne, a former foster child raised in Kings Mountain, met students from the Performance Learning Center and Northwest School of the Arts. The assemblies were presented in partnership with

Discovery Education

and

Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

. Wayne overcame a broken family, neglect, abuse and homelessness to achieve success in the music industry, including Top 10 hits, touring with Brad Paisley and recording with Hall & Oates.

Mark Price
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