Birthdate: March 24, 1992
Hometown/State: Sand Rock, Ala.
Parents: Barry, Jill Bailey
Siblings: James Paul, Cliff Bailey
Chapter: Sand Rock FFA
Enterprise: Commercial Beef Cattle Operation-entrepreneurship; Vegetable Production-entrepreneurship
State Office: Secretary, 2009-10
Major: Agricultural Communications
School: Auburn University
College Activities: Legacy Brotherhood Fraternity, Abundant Life Baptist Church, Playing in a Bluegrass Gospel Band
Future Career Goal
To be a pastor of a church some day.
Ten years ago, Alabama native Wiley Bailey learned to play the banjo.
“Each time I pick up my banjo, I remember what it takes to make beautiful music and discover more about how I can use these principles to better every other aspect of my life,” he said. “When I play in public, children run to me and tell me that they’d love to learn how to play. I always give them my number and encourage them to take lessons.”
For years, he and his family have toured northern Alabama churches and played as “The Baileys.”
“When I play, I never think about my imperfections or how big the audience is,” Bailey said. “I simply love playing the music and I put everything I have into each moment on stage.”
He plans to set aside his struggles, remember his purpose and live each moment with power and conviction during the next year as a national FFA officer.
Bailey is a member of the Sand Rock High School FFA chapter in Sand Rock, Alabama, led by advisors Barry Bailey and Christina Richardson. In high school, he held FFA titles including state secretary, North District president, North District treasurer and chapter president. He was an Alabama delegate to the National FFA Convention & Expo. And Bailey was a member of his high school’s varsity basketball and track teams and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He is currently attending Auburn University studying agricultural communications and involved in the university’s Freshmen Leadership Program, High School Leadership Counselor program, the Miss Homecoming Campaign staff and a member and officer of Legacy Brotherhood.
Bailey is the son of Barry and Jill Bailey.
Wiley Bailey - Press Release