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Wade Hayes

Country music’s power has always been in its ability to reflect real life, and few artists have a stronger gift for capturing both heartache and hope than Wade Hayes. In the past few years, the singer/songwriter has navigated a complicated journey that has produced some of the most potent songs of his already impressive career. Surviving stage IV colon cancer, not just once but twice, has given Hayes a unique perspective of the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit. Those lessons learned are embodied in the songs on Go Live Your Life.

Far from being a heavy manifesto on pain and survival, Go Live Your Life is actually a vibrant tapestry that is both poignant and playful. The title track is an upbeat anthem that celebrates living life to the fullest while “Dirt Road” pays homage to his Oklahoma roots and “Remember the Alimony” is a tongue- in-cheek slice of advice to a friend on the precipice of another romantic mistake. “She is Home” is a tender love song about life’s true priorities while “If the Sun Comes Up” is a powerful ballad about moving on. Anchored by Hayes insightful songwriting and brought to life through his warm, rich baritone, the songs on Go Life Your Life are steeped in country’s best traditions yet have a contemporary edge.

Hayes co-produced the album with longtime friend Dave McAfee. “Dave and I got together and listened to songs and honed it down to what we thought fit on this project,” says Hayes, who wrote or co-wrote all but one song on Go Live Your Life. “I’m very fortunate getting to this next step. After getting through the years of ill health and bad luck, I’m kind of laser focused right now. Getting sick has changed me immensely. It’s as if I’m looking through different eyeballs now. “I appreciate everything so much more. I realize how much I took for granted.”

Hayes was in his early 20s when he began churning out such enduring hits as “Old Enough to Know Better,” “I’m Still Dancing with You,” “On a Good Night” and “What I Meant to Say.” A second generation country singer from Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, Hayes grew up watching his dad perform. The young guitarist’s dream was to be the next Don Rich, Buck Owens’ revered guitar player and one of country music’s most legendary sidemen. “I was a big fan of Don Rich and I thought that’s what I wanted to do,” he recalls. “That’s what I moved to Nashville for.”

Hayes began realizing that goal when Johnny Lee tapped the young musician to be his lead guitarist, but he just wasn’t meant to be a sideman. “Record label people started coming to watch me play and the next thing I knew everything was happening fast,” says Hayes, who landed a publishing deal just nine months after moving to Nashville, and a contract with Columbia Records soon after. His debut single, “Old Enough to Know Better,” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Hayes was nominated for the ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist honor. Two of Hayes’ four major label albums have been certified gold by the RIAA, and hits such as “Don’t Stop,” “The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)” and “How Do You Sleep at Night” continue to be fan favorites in his shows.

In 2009, he released the critically acclaimed independent album, A Place to Turn Around, and continued to tour extensively until his world came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in the fall of 2011. It was a surprise to everyone, even the doctors. Because Hayes was so young, doctors initially thought the symptoms were the result of him working out too strenuously and lifting too much weight.

After extensive surgery and debilitating chemotherapy, Hayes battled his way back to health only to have the cancer return in the fall of 2012.

He’s now cancer free again, and the title track of his new album was inspired by a conversation with his oncologist. “That’s a song that I’m very proud of,” he says. “When I’d gotten through cancer the second time and we were looking at my blood work, my oncologist was talking about taking my port out. A port is something they implant into either your chest or under your arm where you receive chemotherapy. My oncologist said, ‘Wade, you were stage IV and now you’re cancer free. We can take your port out. This is a big deal and I want to tell you something. I want you to go live your life.’

“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Hayes continues, “because I knew that he meant two different things: one being, it’s kind of a miracle that you’re still here. You need to go enjoy your life. And two being, you had cancer really bad, and when it spread as far as it did, there’s a good chance that it can come back. He was telling me to go live my life, because we don’t know how long this good is going to be. I told Bobby Pinson that story and we wrote the song.”

“Go Live Your Life” is an upbeat anthem about making the most of every day and reveling in the things that bring you happiness. “It’s really been an impactful song doing it live,” Hayes says. “I’ve done it at a lot of events and people have really gravitated towards it. They understand it and they get it.”

Writing songs has been part of his healing. “Writing is therapy, letting my mind go somewhere else instead of worrying about what’s on my plate,” he shares. “The thing that got me in trouble in school has been the thing that’s saved my life. It’s daydreaming.

I’ve gotten very good at that. Writing songs like ‘Remember the Alimony’ and ‘Bluebonnet Blues’ were just fun songs to do. It was a good time.”

The album closes with an instrumental version of the old hymn “Just As I Am,” a tender ending to a tour de force artistic expression. “That song was played on my very first guitar that I got when I was twelve-years-old,” Hayes says. “That guitar is not the easiest guitar to play. But I still love that guitar. It’s not perfect, but it’s like me. I’m not perfect. That cut isn’t perfect, but it’s the way it came out. That song means a lot to me.”

In addition to writing and recording, Hayes has been back on the road, touring this spring with pals Bryan White and Mark Wills.

He also enjoys spending time at his 11-acre farm outside Nashville where one of his favorite hobbies is restoring old pick up trucks.

He makes time to share his experience with cancer and encourage others fighting the battle. “I’ve met so many wonderful people during this journey, especially when I started healing and got out and began speaking. I’ve met some incredible, brave people that were inspiring to me and told me that my story is inspiring to them. I heard the story of a guy who had cancer similar to mine and he made it back to being cancer free. It gave me so much hope that once I got through the valley I thought, ‘Man, that’s what I want to do for other people.’ I want to help them and try to give them inspiration and hope. With God all things are possible. I’m a living example.”

Wade Hayes has battled cancer not once, but twice. The singer was first diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2011, and given slim chances of survival. Survive he did, only to have the cancer return one year later.

Now, Hayes is enjoying life once again cancer-free, and determined to make the most of the future he’s been given.

“Music is very powerful,” Hayes told “I’ve got to play, write songs, and play guitar for a living, and I’ve been very fortunate to get to do that. So, if I can help somebody in some way, through a song that I’ve written, I’m really into it.”

Hayes’ wrote “Go Live Your Life,” which became the title track of his 2015 album, after his oncologist told him how uncommon it was for someone with his cancer diagnosis to live.

“He was telling me, ‘It’s nothing short of a miracle that you’re still alive. There’s no cancer anymore,'” Hayes recalled. “‘You need to go live your life.’ And I really took his words to heart, and I had to write that song. Think about it – this life is flying by us, and we’re not guaranteed tomorrow. I was 41, 42 years old, and way too young to have the cancer that I had. But I not only had it, but was about to die from it. Most people didn’t . Everybody in my group there at Vanderbilt passed away, but me. Yeah. That will get your attention. It’s an amazing thing. I’m glad to be here.”

Hayes knows he is here for a reason, and he is determined to make the most of every day he’s been given. The Oklahoma native has also a song, “Who Saved Who,” about his rescue dog, Jack, who was with Hayes through every step of his recovery.

“I’m trying to take all these things in account, and I’m really, really trying to figure out what I’m supposed to learn from things,” Hayes said. “Why am I still here? And the only thing that I can figure out is to tell my story … Maybe with a song like ‘Who Saved Who,’ let somebody know that there are more weirdos out there that love their dogs like me, and just identify and let them know that there’s plenty of us out there. We all suffer from the human condition.


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Wade Hayes ‘Is It Already Time’ – Latest And Greatest From ’90s Country Star

It’s no secret ‘veteran’ artists always have a harder time getting songs up the charts, as everything is focused on new and young.

We all understand that it’s the natural evolution of the radio and record business, but most all of these ‘veterans’ continue to record and perform great music. That’s why every Sunday Morning, around 7:30am eastern, we put one of the newer songs from an established artist in the spotlight on WGNA’s Sunday Morning Classic Country Hall of Fame Show.

This week we take a moment to honor one of those ’90s heavyweights! Wade Hayes was in good company with singers like Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black and Garth Brooks as one of the consistent hit-makers of the TNN, hat wearing, line dancing days of Country Music. In 1994, he broke through with ‘Old Enough To Know Better’ ‘I’m Still Dancing With You’ ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘What I Meant To Say.’

In 2013, nearly 20 years after his first national chart success, Hayes is back after a long and personal struggle to battle stage 4 colon cancer. As any good singer/songwriter would do, Hayes has released a song that expressed his feelings and challenges of facing death in his early 40s. To help raise awareness and comfort others who are also struggling with health problems, Hayes has released one of the best performances of his career.

‘Is It Already Time’ is not only one of the best Wade Hayes songs I’ve ever heard, I would rank it as one of the most compelling and thought-provoking story songs in Country Music. This song is real-life and that’s what Country Music is all about, I instantly think of Brad Paisley’s description of powerful lyrics in his hit ‘This Is Country Music!’ ‘Is It Already Time’ is one of those songs that Paisley is praising. Although this song may not climb the charts for the ‘hot country’ mainstream audience to hear, through the power of social media and the Internet I think it will reach a lot of ears, comfort and inspire a lot of people.

By the way, that’s cancer survivor Wade Hayes pictured above at the 2012 Leadership Music Dale Franklin awards at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. If this song moves you in any way, please share and re-post this article.

90s Country Singer Wade Hayes Ties the Knot in Tennessee Ceremony

Congratulations go out to ’90s country artist Wade Hayes. The singer, songwriter, and guitar slinger has just announced that he married beautiful Lea Katherine Bayer in Lebanon, Tennessee on January 25.

The pair met through Lea’s cousin, John Rich back in 2008, but seven years passed before they reconnected and then it was two more years before sparks flew between the couple. They were engaged on September 25, 2018, then tied the knot four months later. They split for their honeymoon the day after their wedding, thanks to the Country Music Cruise where Wade was one of the many great performers for the week-long entertainment extravaganza.

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While Lea is not a performer like her husband, she is heavily involved in the entertainment industry as the market manager for her cousin’s Redneck Riviera brand.

Wade found success in country music starting with his first single, “Old Enough to Know Better,” which topped the charts in 1994. Handily managing the balance of being both a dancehall rocker and a balladeer, Wade was a mainstay in country music, known as much for being a great guy as an exceptional artist.

In 2011, Wade was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He received surgery and treatment for the diagnosis, only to have cancer return two years later to his lymph nodes. Now cancer free, the lanky Oklahoman is an advocate for awareness and early detection. He’s also a proponent for animal rescue, and in his newest release, “Who Saved Who,” Wade honors Jack, the pup that was by his side as he showed incredible strength and hope in this courageous battle.

Congratulations to Lea and Wade!

Wade Hayes Salutes Four-Legged Best Friend in Moving ‘Who Saved Who (Jack’s Song)’: Video Premiere

Jack saw the country singer through two bouts of cancer & an engagement.

Talk to any animal lover and chances are they have a dog (or two or three) they’ve rescued from a shelter. Wade Hayes celebrates that special bond between humans and their furry companions with his new video, “Who Saved Who (Jack’s Song).”

“The song is actually a true story of how I met my old dog, Jack,” Hayes says. While stopped at a gas station around midnight 75 miles outside of Nashville eight years ago, Hayes saw a skinny dog “just full of ticks, had holes in him. This rundown dog jumps up in the front seat of my pickup truck and sits down. He had a pizza crust hanging out of his mouth. The people at the filling station said he had been there for about three days. He jumped up in the seat like, ‘OK, I’m ready to go,’ just comfortable as could be.”

The boxer mix’s friendly demeanor and crooked smile instantly won Hayes over. “He just looked horrible, but I took him home, got him fattened up, and he’s been the best dog I’ve ever had in my life,” says Hayes, known for such hits as “I’m Still Dancin’ With You,” “The Day That She Left Tulsa,” “What I Meant to Say” and his chart-topping debut “Old Enough to Know Better.” “I love Jack very, very much. When I wrote this song, he had come up to me in the early morning light and I could really see how white his face had gotten. I started tearing up thinking he’s getting old. I can’t imagine a day without that dog, and so this song just started coming out thinking about everything we’d been through together.”

Hayes and Jack’s bond was cemented when Hayes battled stage 4 colon cancer twice, and nearly lost his life. He was first diagnosed in October 2011. Surgery and chemotherapy seemed to eradicate the disease, but the cancer returned in the fall of 2012. Jack was by his side through it all.

The Oklahoma native has now been cancer free for five years, but will always be grateful to his best friend for seeing him through those tough days. “I had Jack a couple of years before I got cancer,” says Hayes. “He was always there. When I was going through chemotherapy we would go walking, and us walking morning and night really, really helped me. It was good for him and good for me as well. Getting out there, I think, it had a lot to do with me healing up. We still love to go walking morning and night to this day.”

Hayes wrote the song in late 2017 and and first performed it during a songwriter’s round on Star Vista’s Country Music Cruise in early 2018. “That’s where we got the idea to record it because everybody reacted so strongly to it,” he says. “I wrote that for me. It was just how I was feeling the day. I feel so strongly about Jack and it was just a personal thing. I did it at the songwriters show and saw people with tears running down their cheek, even grown men. I thought, ‘Well maybe we’d better record this.’”

The song continued to be part of Hayes’ set list as he toured this year and always received such a strong reaction, he decided to film a video. Hayes recruited indie artist/video director Korby Lenker to direct the clip. (Lenker also directed Hayes’ video for “Go Live Your Life,” the title track of his 2015 album. That clip also features Jack.)

Some of the “Who Saved Who” video was filmed at Hayes’ home in Lebanon, Tennessee, as well as at an organic farm near Lewisburg, Tennessee. “Korby knew of this place, and he knew they had all these rescue dogs,” Hayes says of his canine co-stars in the clip. “We shot probably over half the video out there and we came out here and did some shots running around in the truck, and Jack and I are sitting on my roof when we are watching the sun go down.”

The video also includes photos of people with their rescue dogs, solicited through Hayes’ Facebook fan page. “When I had first written the song, there was a picture of Jack and me on the fan page on Facebook and a lot of people had sent me pictures of them and their dogs. Because I loved looking at them so much — there were a lot of funny and sweet pictures — that’s where we got the idea to include some in the video.”

Hayes is anxious for people to see the video, particularly to meet Jack and see him smile. “I want people to know that that dog actually does do that,” he says of Jack’s crooked grin. “Over the years, I’ve gotten him to do that on command. You tell him to smile — and I’ll hold a treat up — and that dog will smile every time. It’s hilarious. I still laugh out loud when he does it. I was holding up a Lays potato chip when he did that in the video.”

Hayes thinks other dog lovers will relate to the song. “I’m hoping that people understand that they are not crazy to love their dog like they do,” he says. “I’ve certainly been teased about having to get home and check on Jack. I really feel very protective of him and I hope that they know that somebody identifies with them. They know that’s a very, very strong connection.”

Hayes’ family is growing. In addition to Jack, he added another rescue dog about two years ago named Holly. But the biggest news is his recent engagement. He and fiancé Lea Bayer are planning to marry early next year.

Musically, Hayes is contemplating his next move. His last album, Old Country Song, was released in 2017, before he wrote “Who Saved Who.” He has enough material written for a new country album, but says he’s always wanted to record a gospel album so that might be next on the agenda.

In the meantime, he wrapped a busy touring year and is taking December off the road, except for a series of special performances that are near and dear to his heart. “Around Christmas time I like to go sing at homeless shelters or retirement centers just for fun,” he says. “So I’ve learned a few Christmas tunes and I’m playing with one of my best friends in Kentucky at a homeless shelter and a few days before that I’m playing a retirement center here affiliated with my church. It’s just a lot of fun and it kind of fills you up.”

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Wade Hayes was born in Bethel Acres, OK on April 20, 1969. Country music star known for On a Good Night, Old Enough to Know Better, and several other hit singles. He was inspired to write his own songs after seeing Ricky Skaggs‘ performance at the 1991 Country Music Association Awards. He dropped out of college to move to Nashville where his goal was to break into the country music scene.

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Wade Hayes beats colon cancer twice


Yes, that blood in his stool caused concern, but country singer Wade Hayes didn’t think much about it.

He felt amazing: Hayes (“How Do You Sleep at Night”) was a beast in the gym lifting weights, eating clean and packing muscle onto his 185-pound frame back in 2011.

There was no family history of cancer, and a doctor buddy told him that the blood and mild stomachaches meant nothing — probably just an internal hemorrhoid.

“I didn’t even give it a consideration,” Hayes said.

Until he found himself doubled over in pain in his kitchen, bleeding profusely from his backside, unable to raise up.

The diagnosis: stage four cancer — the most severe, usually fatal.

But here he is more than four years later. He was since waged war with the disease twice and doctors like his chances.

His main oncologist is thrilled with Hayes’ progress. The country singer says he and doctors have pulled off a miracle.

And now Hayes, who still plays gigs all over the country, also gives talks aimed at giving hope to others battling colon cancer.

“I don’t like televangelists and all that stuff,” he says. “But I’m living proof that faith is a real thing.”

Leaning on faith kicked into high gear when he was leaning on the kitchen counter in pain that night in September 2011.

“God, let me get through this,” he prayed. After all, he had to catch a flight to Houston the next morning for a gig.

Hayes eventually found a bottle of aspirin, popped a bunch, made his flight and played the gig at the popular Dosey Doe coffeehouse/barn.

Still in pain, Hayes made it back to Nashville, where he had a colonoscopy within a week. It revealed a tumor the size of an orange on his large intestine.

A scan also revealed tumors in his liver and in small sections of his diaphragm and lymph nodes.

“That was an attention-getter,” Hayes said. In the middle of a second scan at Vanderbilt Hospital, the bleeding and stomach pain returned.

After returning home, the pain was so intense he didn’t think he could make it from the driveway to the house.

That’s when his cell phone rang. It was a call from the doctor who did the scan.

“Go to the emergency room right now,” the doctor said. “Your large intestine is digesting itself and will cut the blood off from the lower extremities and kill you.”

Hayes was scheduled for a marathon surgery 10 days later. One surgeon told him he had a 12 percent chance of survival.

“The odds were incredibly bleak when he presented,” said Dr. Jordan Berlin, the Vanderbilt oncologist who treats Hayes.

But Hayes made it — after surgeons removed 70 percent of his liver, his gall bladder, 20 inches of large intestine and part of his diaphragm.

Hayes spent a month in the hospital, his room almost always filled with friends and relatives. Mom and Dad took care of his dog, Jack. And Hayes eventually made it home, where recovery wasn’t easy.

“I started having spasms that felt like my insides were going to split in two.”

The chemo afterward sucked, Hayes said.

Blisters in his nose and mouth, nausea, loss of appetite, little feeling in extremities.

“You spend hours where they stick a long, fat needle in your chest and pump poison into you.”

Still, he eventually got back on the road, playing guitar where he could — and in a year, the cancer came back.

“That was a letdown for sure. But I learned a trick,” he said.

“Somebody told me this: You try not to dwell on the place you’re at. You think about a time when you’re done with this and you imagine yourself there. And you put your head down and move forward and you don’t look up.”

Hayes distracted himself with books and prayer and friends as he marched through chemo again.

Now, Hayes is 2½ years cancer-free.

And he gives talks — participating in cancer awareness events and telling audiences about his battles.

“I’m hugging or crying or praying with someone at most every show.”


What: Wade Hayes and Bryan White perform

Where: Puckett’s Franklin, 120 Fourth Ave. S., Franklin

When: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11

Ticket information: Reservations for the $12 seats can be made by calling 615-794-5527.

Reach Brad Schmitt at 615-259-8384 and on Twitter @bradschmitt.

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