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Mark Chesnutt is one of Countrys true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country musics most elite entertainers from George Jones to George Strait echo this sentiment. Mark Chesnutts stature is easily gauged; he has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records. Country music critics and fans alike need look no further when it comes to Country music basics. If you ask Mark Chesnutt hell tell you, Its the music that has kept me around this long. In a world that sometimes confuses style with substance, Mark Chesnutt possesses both. Remaining true to himself as a traditional country artist while still keeping up with the ever-changing country landscape, Mark has a knack for picking great songs; delivering them with his world-class vocals; and with real heart-felt emotion. Mark has set the bar for his generationnot just for his being a consistent hit maker, but because of his love of genuine country music. Mark Chesnutts personal integrity as well as his principal to record a genuine country song has made him a fixture on radio and in the honky tonks. Chesnutt got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas, learning from his father, Bob Chesnutt, a singer, record collector, and major fan of classic country music. Playing along side his dad, one set at a time, Mark embraced his fathers influence and began making a name for himself. Mark sang covers by Lefty, Merle, George, and Waylon to develop his unmatched crowd-pleasing rapport and his authentic country style. Bob Chesnutt often traveled to Nashville to record and to broaden his exposure. He began taking Mark along to record when he was just 17. After nearly a decade of recording on regional labels, word got out about this young country vocalist. Music Row executives came to hear Mark on his own Texas turf and recognized the depth of Mark Chesnutts raw talent. In 1989, he was signed to MCA Nashville and his list of accolades tells the rest of his story. With the release of his first single, Too Cold At Home, Mark established himself as one of countrys most authentic and talented vocalists. He won the CMA Horizon Award getting the attention of country legend George Jones who stated This boy from Beaumont, Texas is the real deal. That recognition and initial success opened the door to give Mark the chance to do what he enjoyed mostsing country music for country fans but this time, on a national level. The first couple years it was non-stop. Mark says. I can remember one time during a tour, I didnt see home for ten months, with exception of a day or a day-and-a-half, then, it was right back out again. Marks dedication paid off. He developed a fan base that is true blue which in turn helped his records climb the charts one right after the other; making him one of Billboards ten most-played radio artists of the 90s. Marks singles were some the decades most memorable; from the fun tempo Bubba Shot The Jukebox to emotional ballad Ill Think Of Something. Mark is easily identified for his string of hits including Brother Jukebox, Blame It On Texas, Old Flames Have New Names, Old Country, It Sure Is Monday, Almost Goodbye, I Just Wanted You To Know, Going Through The Big D, Its A Little Too Late, Gonna Get A Life, and one of his biggest, I Dont Want To Miss A Thing which held its position at the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks. All the recorded highlights he has emassed take a back seat, however, to his first love. Mark Chesnutt lives for the stage. I just make records because I want people to come see my show, he says with a grin. Just listening to music is great, he says, but Ive got to be out there on stage making it. Fans who have seen him perform agree. Known as one of the industrys hardest-working concert performers, maintaining a hefty tour schedule and steady presence in front of his fans, Marks dedication to deliver live music is unsurpassed. Mark has been on the road since 1990. His last tour Rockin Roadhouse Tour with friends Tracy Lawrence and Joe Diffie wrapped last summer. This year, you will find Mark doing what he was born to do, touring and playing the clubs and honky tonks across our great nation. Clubs and honk tonks are home for me; its comfortable and Im always with friends, says Chesnutt. His tour theme is SavinThe Honky Tonk and if Mark Chesnutt is on the stage, then we can be assured that the Honky Tonk is alive and well, no matter what part of the country Mark Chesnutt is playing in. Mark Chesnutt gave honky-tonk music back its soul, noted music critic Robert K. Oermann. When he appeared on an arid musical landscape back in 1990, I dubbed him the hillbilly messiah. Oermann states. I still feel that way today and Ill feel that way decades from now. Married since 1992, Mark and Tracie Chesnutt are the loving parents of three boys, Waylon, Casey, and Cameron. <
Wade Hayes was born and raised in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. His father, Don Hayes, also a professional country music entertainer, inspired him to begin playing music when he was a young child. Trisha, Wade's mother, says there was something about the way her son, as early as the age of two ½, would watch his father when he practiced with his band that told her this was more than a passing fascination for him; and she has certainly been proven right. At the age of fourteen Wade was already playing lead guitar alongside his father.
In 1991 he moved to Nashville to seriously pursue a career in country music. He began recording demo tapes and writing his own material. Eventually he partnered with a songwriter named Chick Rains, who recommended him to Don Cook, a record producer who has produced albums for several country music artists, including Brooks and Dunn.
With Cook's help, Hayes was signed to a record deal with Columbia Records in late 1994. That same year, his debut single, “Old Enough to Know Better,” (written by Hayes and Chick Rains) was released, and by early 1995, it had peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The single was followed by the release of Hayes' debut album, also titled Old Enough to Know Better, which produced three additional top ten singles on the country music charts; "I'm Still Dancing with You", "Don't Stop" and "What I Meant to Say". The album was certified gold and in that same year, Hayes was named Top New Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association.
In 1996 he released his second album, On a Good Night, and it was also certified gold despite the fact that only one single, the title track, found its way into the top ten of the country music charts.
In 1997, Hayes released a cover of Glen Campbell's song “Wichita Lineman” as the first single for what would be his third album. The album was to have been titled Tore Up from the Floor Up. But when the cover failed to make it into the Top 40, the album was delayed until the release of "The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)", which quickly found a spot in the top ten on the country charts. After this song's release, the third album was re-titled When the Wrong One Loves You Right and the Glen Campbell cover was omitted. The title track was released next, followed by "How Do You Sleep at Night" and finally, "Tore Up from the Floor Up". This album produced two more top ten singles for Hayes.
By 2000, he had switched from Columbia Records to Monument Records where Highway and Heartaches was produced. Only three singles were released from the album before Hayes left the label. Then in 2003 he joined forces with the fiddler Mark McClurg to form the duo McHayes. They charted one single. "It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You," and recorded one unreleased album for Universal South Records. After McHayes disbanded, McClurg rejoined Alan Jackson's road band, and Hayes went on a writing hiatus. He rejoined the music business in 2008, taking a role as lead guitarist and singer in Randy Owens', former Alabama lead singer, road band.
Hayes is now also touring on his own as much as he can to promote his fifth album, Place to Turn Around, which was released in 2009 on his independent label. The album is available via Hayes' website and at live shows. It features eleven songs; nine of them showcase his incredible songwriting skills.
There has been so much written about the shy demeanor of this handsome native of Oklahoma. Wade the person appears to conflict with Wade the entertainer. Off stage he is demure, reserved and soft-spoken while on stage he is anything but! Something magical happens when he picks up a guitar. He is a charismatic singer and songwriter with a natural born gift of being able to express himself, vocally and instrumentally, through his wonderful music.