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.