Single Review: Wade Hayes, "Is it Already Time"

As powerful as “Live Like You Were Dying” was, it was really about

inspiring those who had nothing but life ahead of them.   It bore little relevance to the experience of actually finding out your life might be coming to an end.

If that song had been written in the first person by someone actually staring down the barrel of the gun, it would sound exactly like “Is it Already Time.”

I wasn’t aware that Wade Hayes, one of the most promising young stars of the mid-nineties, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.   I was just curious to hear if he’d crafted a comeback single.   It’s rare that a song renders me speechless.  All I’m going to say is that I’ve witnessed the horrific moment captured in this song far too often with far too many of those close to me.

Yes, it’s just like this.  I can’t believe he was able to make a song out of it.  But it’s a song for the ages.  I hope it gets to those who need to hear it the most.

Written by Wade Hayes

Grade: A



  1. Powerful song. My mother had her first bout with cancer in her early 40’s, survived a second in her 70’s and made it to 84. Hope Wade is as fortunate. Reading this also made me think of Dan Fogelberg.

  2. I had tossed around the idea of reviewing this song myself, but now I’m glad Kevin did it instead, since his own experiences in having loved ones battling cancer give the review a unique personal slant.

    A fine single by all accounts. My first thought upon hearing it was how wonderful it felt just to be hearing some simple unadorned country sincerity for a change.

  3. I don’t have a problem with ads except for when they automatically pop out and cover up what I want to read and there doesn’t seem to be a way to close or minimize it. Frustrating.

  4. …what shocking news about wade hayes. and what a way to deal with it – great piece of country music. i just wish that there will be many more songs going to be written by him. but even if there wouldn’t be – there is a catalogue of music by him that ranks among the finest, in my book.

    fingers crossed.

  5. Wow, such a powerful, personal song. He reminded me a little bit of John Michael Montgomery; he has a great voice. You know a song is powerful when it touches you, even if it’s not relatable. Hope to here more from him in the future.

  6. Read the article, very powerful,moving,song by Wade. I love it. Its real,its by an artist I’ve loved since he 1st started. I’m glad I’m a fan. And anybody w/any kind of Cancer can relate to this song. He’s had Stage 4 Colon Cancer,and he’s a fighter. Wade,your in my prayers and thoughts everyday!!! Take care.

  7. I used to see Wade Hayes every time he performed in the Chicago area. Was deeply shocked to learn of his cancer. I listened to his single, and the other songs he recently released, and was deeply touched. Best to you, and continued good health Wade, I loved your music in the 90’s and think the latest is as good as it was then, or better. Too bad Whiskey River is closed, on the north side of chicago. I saw concerts there right at the stage, and loved every minute of them!

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