Runaway June’s Jennifer Wayne, granddaughter of John Wayne, reveals why she left California for Nashville

Jennifer Wayne has made her mark in country music, but these days, she is singing a completely different tune.

The Runaway June bandmate, who is the granddaughter of legendary Hollywood actor John Wayne, is teaming up with fellow artist Brad Rempel for a new series on The Design Network titled “Flip U.” In it, the Nashville, Tennessee stars will help home flipping hopefuls renovate a property in the country music capital in hopes of turning a profit.

Runaway Jane bandmates

From left: Jennifer Wayne, Stevie Woodward and Natalie Stovall, of Runaway June, pose backstage at Faster Horses Festival 2022 at Michigan International Speedway on July 24, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images / Getty Images)

“Brad and I have been friends for years – we’ve met each over music,” the 40-year-old told FOX Business. “We’re both in bands, but a couple of years ago, we started talking about real estate. I’ll never forget it – we were backstage, and I was looking for a place in Columbia, which is a little south of Nashville. And he had just renovated a cottage there. So we just started talking about real estate. Over the last couple of years, we’ve kept in touch and given each other tips. He had worked with The Design Network before, and they approached him about this show. He was nice enough to bring me in. I’m lucky I know him.”

Flip U with Jennifer Wayne and Brad Rempel

Pals Jennifer Wayne, left, and Brad Rempel are teaming up for “Flip U,” which is premiering this spring on The Design Network. (The Design Network / Fox News)

“Flip U,” which is expected to premiere sometime in spring, promises to give viewers an up-close and personal look at the dos and don’ts of house flipping, specifically in Nashville. The six-part series will also explore the real estate market in Tennessee and why first-timers should consider learning the trade there.


downtown broadway in Nashville

Downtown Broadway is seen at night in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images / Getty Images)

“Nashville’s so famous for that one street,” Rempel told FOX Business. “Everybody flies in here for a bachelor or bachelorette party. They see just one street and that’s Broadway. Jen and I live here, and we know there’s so much more to it. Neither of us was born here, but we’ve made it our home. You come here as a starving musician and get a little taste of success. But then you want to try and put roots down. That’s the beautiful thing about Nashville. People don’t always make those little trips in the surrounding area, but that’s what inspires so many of these songs you hear on country radio. It’s not just Broadway.”

“We’re hoping to take people out to the surrounding suburbs, the communities, the little towns, even the countryside of Tennessee,” he shared. “We want to show people why we believe the greatest city in America is Nashville.”

Patrick Wayne, Ethan Wayne and Jennifer Wayne attend the 24th Annual Odyssey Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Jennifer Wayne, right, with her uncles Patrick Wayne, left, and Ethan Wayne, center, the sons of late Western movie icon John Wayne.  (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Wayne reflected on her early years in Nashville and how she had to prove herself as a member of Hollywood royalty. Her grandfather, a Western movie icon, famously starred in movies like “The Alamo,” “The Green Berets” and “True Grit,” for which he won an Academy Award. He often portrayed gruff, rugged cowboys and brave soldiers.

John Wayne in a Western costume

John Wayne passed away in 1979 at age 72 after battling cancer. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images / Getty Images)

“I know my grandfather being John Wayne is awesome and opens a lot of doors, but you almost have more pressure once those doors are open,” she explained. “People expect more from you. So you have to show up and do your part. I failed a lot in the beginning and I learned a lot from those failures. But it’s a positive experience. You want to make him proud and you want to fill his shoes in a way. You can never really fill his shoes. But luckily, I’m in a whole different genre. I’m in music. He was in acting and I heard he was tone-deaf. So I think I’m OK. I think I’ve succeeded on that part.”


When it comes to home flipping, Wayne said she is eager to share the lessons she has learned along the way in hopes others can call Nashville home, too.

Jennifer Wayne performing on FOX & Friends

Jennifer Wayne, a California native, is proud to call Nashville, Tennessee home. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images / Getty Images)

“I like looking at the bones of a property,” she explained. “That way I can see the bigger picture. A lot of people will walk into these spaces that are left in just terrible conditions. Some people leave their food out and there are just bugs and stuff everywhere. It’s a turnoff for a lot of people walking in and seeing all this junk. Immediately they’re like, ‘I don’t even want to deal with this.’ But the main thing I like to look at is the bones of the property. If it’s cleaned out, could you open the space? Could it be modernized a little bit? I think you have to look past the initial viewing of properties and see if there’s promise there, especially if it’s in a great location. That’s always key.”

“My biggest mistake was not buying something I saw before,” she admitted. “I was too scared at one point to buy this piece of property. But now that I look back, I could kick myself for not buying that property. It’s scary, especially when it comes to investing, but sometimes, you just have to pull the trigger and do it. I’ve missed out on a lot in my early years because I was just too scared.”

Nashville skyline

Aerial night skyline of Nashville, Tennessee. Jennifer Wayne said the city offers plenty of possibilities for those looking to start a family. (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images / Getty Images)

In November, Forbes reported that Nashville was on pace for a record-breaking tourism year. It noted that the restaurant scene in Music City was booming with artists like Eric Church and Garth Brooks lending their names to new hot spots. For the New Year, Nashville will play host to sporting events like FanDuel Bracket City Live in March and the National Hockey League’s draft in June. According to reports, Nashville’s cost of living has been on the rise, but it remains fairly affordable in comparison to other parts of the country.


Jennifer Wayne at the country music awards

Jennifer Wayne is hopeful “Flip U” will educate viewers on how to flip a property successfully. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage / Getty Images)

When it came to raising a family, Wayne said the choice was clear.

“What drew me to Nashville after living in California is that it’s very family-friendly,” she reflected. “The quality of life is awesome. People just know it for music and it’s a great sports town too… But it’s also a very young, active and exciting place to be. There are so many great companies moving here. So many families laying down roots here. So many professionals looking for a fresh start. There’s a lot of opportunity here.”

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