He and his sister were sometimes raised in foster homes or were left with other people when their mother would leave them or go to jail.
She served four months in prison in 1985 when Wayne was 12.
In Nashville, Wayne worked as a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music, collaborating with Dean Dillon, Sanger D.
Shafer and others while practicing his guitar and songwriting skills. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts that year.
to bring awareness to the cause of foster kids who are aging out of the system.