Country singer and two-time cancer survivor Wade Hayes is recruiting some of the biggest names in country to help raise money for the hospital that helped him beat the disease.
Miranda Lambert, Kix Brooks and Steve Wariner will join Hayes for the concert event Country Hits Back, which will benefit Nashville’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The performance will be held at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., just 30 minutes outside of the Music City.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Miranda, Kix and Steve are taking time out of their busy schedules to join us, and we’re looking forward to a great night of music for a cause that will always be near and dear to my heart,” Hayes said in a press release.
In the mid-1990s, Hayes enjoyed success on the country charts with his singles “Old Enough to Know Better” and “What I Meant to Say.” In 2011, he was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, which was eliminated with intensive chemotherapy and surgery. Just a year later, doctors discovered that the had cancer returned and gave him only a 12% chance of survival. With the help of his oncologist and the hospital staff, the disease was fully treated and Hayes is now cancer-free.
“I give the glory to God and credit to Dr. Berlin and the staff at Vanderbilt for being alive today,” the country singer says. The emotional ordeal led him to write Go Live Your Life, his new first album in over six years.
Tickets for Country Hits Back are currently available for purchase through the Franklin Theatre.