20 April 1969, Bethal Acres, Oklahoma, USA. Hayes family lived and breathed country music. His father, Don Hayes, was a professional musician and bought Wade his first proper guitar at the age of 11. The family suffered a traumatic period during the mid-80s when his father secured a record contract and moved the family to Nashville. The record company went bankrupt owing Hayes Snr. a considerable amount of money - consequently, the family home was repossessed and they moved back to Oklahoma. Hayes Jnr. started his professional career in his fathers band playing guitar and as second vocalist. In 1992 Hayes met with the successful record producer Don Cook, and in a flurry of signings found himself with Columbia Records and a songwriting contract with Tree Publishing. He made his recording debut in 1995 with Old Enough To Know Better, an album that was featured widely on US country radio, and justifiably became a sizeable hit. The title song was also a substantial country hit, while the track Family Reunion was about a son burying his mother beside his long-lost father. Other impressive tracks include Dont Make Me Come To Tulsa and a great Cook, Brooks And Dunn song, Steady As She Goes. Hayes tunnel vision for country music and success has to be admired. Hayes has continued to show great maturity with his subsequent releases.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.