Old Friends Come Together For Wade Hayes

Less than a year ago Wade Hayes received news that would not only change his life but potentially end it. The singer, songwriter and guitar slinger was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer last December. Successful surgery and chemotherapy removed the cancer and gave him a renewed sense of purpose for his life and career. He was inspired to write a song called “Is It Already Time” about his ordeal, and many from the team that helped launch his career at Sony Music/Columbia Records have reunited to produce, promote, publicize, market and sell his new music for a worthy cause – cancer research.

Spearheaded by former Columbia Nashville promotion vet Jeri Cooper, she and Hayes’ longtime manager Mike Robertson have brought together former Sony/Columbia staffers Allen Butler, Craig Campbell (Campbell Entertainment Group), Blake Chancey, Jack Christopher (RPM Entertainment), Debi Fleischer, JR Hughes (Quarterback Records), Bob Mitchell (Big & Rich/The Farm Management), Jennifer Shaffer and Scott Siman. The single will be released on Siman’s RPM Entertainment label. Publicity duties will be shared by Campbell and Hayes’ longtime indie publicist Ronna Rubin, and other Columbia alums and other generous companies are donating their time and effort to increase awareness.

“I knew I felt strongly about this and I kept getting yes’s from people who wanted to help, so I knew I had to keep going,” said Cooper. It’s really amazing to see all of these people come together for the love of an artist and the sole purpose of helping him realize a simple dream of letting the world know the importance of getting tested for colon cancer.”

Wade brought hit producer Don Cook, who was at the helm for his six Top 15 singles and the gold-selling albums Old Enough To Know Better and On A Good Night, out of retirement to produce “Is It Already Time.” Plans are in the works to record an entire album for release in 2013.

Play MPE has donated digital distribution of the single to country radio stations, and Dale Turner and Radio Informer have agreed to include the single free of charge on their September 17, 2012 Country Sampler CD. The single is available on iTunes, amazon.com, Spotify and most digital outlets, and all proceeds will go to the Colon Cancer Alliance. To listen to the new single, visit www.wadehayes.com. Audio PSAs are available to radio stations interested in adding them to their inventory.

“You will be reading a lot about Wade, his continuing struggle with colon cancer, and this song in coming days,” said Bob Moody, founder and Senior Consultant of the Real Local Radio Group. It probably won’t be a hit in the usual sense, because the subject matter is so emotionally powerful, but it should be a ‘Song of the Year’ candidate next year. This is a unique situation, but I am hopeful that most of my radio colleagues have enough heart, brains, and courage to see that this song gets the exposure it deserves.”

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates that 143,460 people will be diagnosed in 2012 and that 51,690 will die from colon cancer in the United States. Early detection is vital — over 80% of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. If you are 50 or older, or younger than 50 and have symptoms are a family history getting a screening test for colon cancer could save your life.

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6 comments to Old Friends Come Together For Wade Hayes

  • Matti Wood

    I saw him play year ago in Frederick Maryland. I did enjoyed his music and will always be a fan..God Bless!

  • Betty Nemeth

    I have seen Wade every time he came to the Northwest. He is the best that ever has or ever will be. He is an awesome person. I have him in my prayers and thought daily.

  • Paul Graves

    Wade – If you’re reading this…Thank you for the incredible music you make. As a long time country fan I am always looking for great country music. I keep returning to the websites of folks like you, Tracy Lawrence, Tracy Byrd, and others in hopes that you have something new to offer that I may not find in stores or on “mainstream” radio. I bought your “Place To Turn Around” CD without hearing a note and agree that it was one of the best albums of the year. True talent – God given. I wish you nothing but the best and give you a high five on your fight and recovery. Keep the music coming and know in your heart that there are people that hear you…and we can’t wait to hear what you do next.

  • Wade, As an artist myself I have always looked up to you even at my 10+years older then you. You are a inspiration to all and human like everyone else in this world. Life is full of stepping stones and we all will fall at one point of our life or another. I followed my dream as well and played across the country and would always promote your music. I have had the pleasure of meeting you several times and know your family. My family still lives in your home town “Bethel Acres” knowing what you’ve been through and what you have accomplished is what has kept me writing. knock the socks off of them Wade and just do it!!

  • Chrisitne Burns

    Wow I never new what u were dealing with . I wondered why I haven’t heard any music out lately :-( I am so sorry u had to go through that. You were in Belleville Ontario a few years back and I love your voice !!! You have a lot more music to write as I for one want to hear what u have to say :-)

    I wish u a total recovery

  • Lorri Martin (McAlister)

    We miss you out in Bethel. I am so sorry to just now seeing that you had gone through this. I know you didn’t know much about me–you were friends with James while I more was band geeks with Stacey. James is playing in a local band called MeanStreak and I am glad you survived this and that you are going to be releasing more music. I always rooted for you and was to excited you remembered who I was when I was stationed in Ft Hood back in ’93 and I came to see you in Temple. God Bless and take care.

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