Jimmy Wayne has a great voice, but he had no problem stepping back and giving the spotlight to someone else on his new Christmas song.
That’s because that ‘someone else’ is 15 year old Quintavious Johnson. If you watch America’s Got Talent, you might remember Quintavious from the 2014 season of the show. And if it hadn’t been for Jimmy, Quintavious might not have ever been on.
“I heard (him) singing Jesus loves Me backstage in the hallway at a church.” Jimmy says in a comment on his YouTube page. It was 2013 and they were both there to perform. “I asked someone nearby ‘who in the world is that singing?’ I connected with his parents and asked if I could bring him on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to sing that song.” The answer was yes.
Jimmy says Quintavious’ Opry performance was met with a standing ovation and, according to the website That Nashville Sound, it was that performance, and how it was received, that motivated Quintavious to try out for America’s Got Talent, where he eventually placed fifth.
Fast forward to earlier this year. Jimmy, whose song “Paper Angels” has been a country music Christmas staple since its release in 2004, had just penned a new Christmas song that he wrote with foster children in mind. The song, “A Home On Christmas Day” is written from the perspective of a lonely foster child who just wants a permanent home. When he finished it, he thought of “Quinn”, as he calls him. The result is a powerful video and an even more powerful song. Check it out for yourself, and see what you think.