Wednesday, July 05, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Wade Hayes

Artist:Wade Hayes
Song:Old Enough To Know Better
Album:Old Enough To Know Better

Wade Hayes scored his only number one country hit with his debut single Old Enough To Know Better in 1994. It was all downhill from there. He was born Apr. 20, 1969 in Bethel Acres, OK. His dad Don Hayes performed locally and eventually moved to Nashville after he signed with a small label. Unfortunately that label went bankrupt. It didn't discourage Hayes who dropped out of college in 1991 to pursue a career in music after watching Ricky Skaggs on the CMA Awards broadcast. He got together with veteran songwriter Chick Rains who had written hits for Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley. Rains brought Hayes to producer Don Cook and Cook got Hayes a deal with Columbia. Cook started out as a songwriter. He wrote John Conlee's Lady Lay Down. He also had success producing Brooks and Dunn. So a guy like Hayes was right in his wheelhouse. Old Enough To Know Better was Hayes' debut album and single. Hayes and Rains wrote the song. It topped the country charts. And the album was certified Gold. Other top ten hits included On A Good Night, Don't Stop and What I Meant To Say all from his debut album. On A Good Night was Hayes' second album and the title track reached #2 on the Country Singles chart. Then he started to fade. After a third album, he left Columbia for Monument and the 2000 album Highways & Heartaches. After that failed, Hayes formed the duo McHayes with Alan Jackson's fiddler Marc McClurg. After one unsuccessful album, McClurg returned to Jackson's band and Hayes joined the band of former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen. Since then he has recorded three albums for his own label Conabor including a new album released last month. He is currently on tour. Hayes was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011 but is now cancer free. Here's the video for Old Enough To Know Better by Wade Hayes.

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