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Hayes burst onto the country music scene in late 1994 with his skyrocketing debut
single, "Old Enough To Know Better," he was widely touted
as the genuine article a singer, songwriter and musician who understood the rich
heritage of country music.
With "When The Wrong One Loves You Right," his third
Columbia/DKC release, the multi-talented Oklahoma native once again delivered true country
music, flavored with the rich, distinctive baritone that so easily distinguishes his voice
from the ever-growing pack of new talent.
his first gold album, "Old Enough To Know Better," Wade
rushed headlong into the whirlwind of success. The follow-up project, "On
A Good Night," spurred by the chart-topping title cut, carried on that
This album is indicative of a more mature artist, someone who has
taken time to assess his growth, to evaluate the ever-changing world around him and to
sharpen the focus on the music that has shaped his soul.
His commitment to tradition and to his continually-growing legion of
fans is evidenced by his unrelenting search for the right combination of songs. And that
combination, starting with "The Day That She Left Tulsa," an
emotive ballad that allows Wade to stretch his vocal delivery to new
limits, sets a definite tone for "When The Wrong One Loves You Right."
Wade's unique sound has been greatly shaped by his admiration of classic country
entertainers, particularly Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and
Willie Nelson. He frequently
pays tribute to them in his concerts. "Their music means so much to me. I derived my
style by listening to them, so when I perform one of their classics in my show, it's my
way of paying tribute to them."
On stage, the talented entertainer is garnering more acclaim with each performance. But
then, why not, since that's where he feels most comfortable and relaxed. "I know
exactly what to expect on stage...most of the time, anyway! Performing for a crowd of
people who are really into the music, that's the best part of my day. My band, Wheel
Hoss, is made up of my good friends but they're also there because they love the
Wade is also proud to acknowledge that his show continues to evolve.
"The band and I are so in sync now that we literally glide into songs, which of
course makes the show feel like it's moving a lot faster to us. Before you know it the
show is over. That's a good sign to us, kinda like 'we're done already?'"
But then it's easy to be the "genuine article" on stage when you've honed your
skills at an early age. At 14, Wade was playing lead guitar in his father's band five
nights a week in his hometown of Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. In 1992, with years of experience
behind him, Wade decided to move to Nashville with the aim of becoming some star's lead
guitarist. With his one-of-a-kind voice and lanky good looks, Wade landed a steady job at
a local club and later was hired by Johnny Lee to play guitar an early dream
But Music Row talent scouts also took note of the versatile newcomer. Songwriter Chick
Rains ("Somebody Should Leave," "Now I Know") quickly introduced Wade
to producer Don Cook, Vice President of Sony ATV Tree Publishing. From that point on, the
whirlwind began full force, as Wade found himself with a publishing deal and a record
contract within 72 hours.
Stardom has brought Wade Hayes many rewards, including confidence. Humble, shy, soft-spoken,
he's hard-pressed to talk about his accomplishments. He was stunned when his name was
announced as Male Star Of Tomorrow at the 1997 TNN Music City News
Country Awards. "It shocked me. I didn't know what to say because I didn't have
anything prepared. I figured someone else was going to win. I was just there to enjoy the
As he evaluates his life, Wade ponders the measure of success. "My
answer to that changes about every year," he says. "I think that if you're
having hit songs and selling records, that's success. There are several levels of that. If
I can fit in there somewhere and continue to grow as an artist, I'll feel successful. And
as long as you can continue to grow personally, whatever your career is, that's success
Awards include --
- TNN/Music City News Star of Tomorrow Male 1997
Hit songs include --
- Old Enough To Know Better
- On a Good Night
- I'm Still Dancin' With You
- What I Meant to Say
- The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)
- Don't Stop
- How Do You Sleep at Night
- Where Do I Go to Start All Over
- Goodbye Is the Wrong Way to Go
- It's Over My Head
- Up North (Down Douth, Back East, Out West)
- When the Wrong One Loves You Right
- Wichita Lineman
- Tore up from the Floor Up
- How Do You Sleep at Night
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