My name is Wade Talley, and in this life, I have been privileged to be a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a friend, a teacher and a coach, but perhaps the roles for which I am most grateful to fulfill here on earth are as a husband and a father. Marriage and fatherhood have taught me many important lessons about myself, about love for others, and most importantly about God and my true purpose here on earth-to lead others to heaven, especially my wife and chilren. So, please allow me to share a little bit about myself and how this project came to this point in time.
I grew up on a farm near Corning, Kansas, the second oldest of four children. My parents taught me to respect all people and to work hard at whatever I do, whether it was homework, performing chores or playing basketball. In 1997, I married my high school sweetheart. I was 20; she was 19. Ten months later, we were blessed with our first child. We now have seven amazing children on this earth and twin girls in heaven. We lost the twins 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Lexi and Leslie were precious, fully human, and absolutely beautiful as are all of God’s children. I share this with you because it’s at that time this project truly began, although I didn’t know it at the time.
A few months after their deaths, I was on my way home from school, when I felt a deep desire to play my guitar. This time was different though as I felt compelled to keep pen and paper beside me as I played. It was unlike anything I had experienced before, and about 90 minutes later, I had written my first song, A Few Minutes of Eternity. Since then I have written a variety of songs that I love to sing for people. These songs have had nuns dancing on a stage at a youth rally, and they have had people crying in pews. The most emotional songwriting experience I have ever had happened a few years ago. One of my best friends, who is also a family member, lost his 3-year-old daughter due to complications with an illness. I was a teacher at that time, and I decided to take my guitar to school with me the day after her passing. During my planning period and lunch hour, I wrote Ava’s Song otherwise titled Even God Needs Children in Heaven. I spent a lot of that day in tears and felt so moved by the Holy Spirit. This past year I have felt a deep desire to do more with my music, and it was recommended to me by a friend (Father Kent O’Connor) to send some demos off to Icon Studios in Indiana. I did just that, and Mr. David Smith believes that we can and will make a quality product that we can share with others. The songs I wrote, the songs which I would like to share with a wider audience, all center on themes of faith and family. They speak of being a husband and a father as well as how to get through hard times. My goals for this project are simply to share with others what God has given to me and to teach my children to pursue their God-given dreams, no matter the costs. I want to thank you all for your support, financially and spiritually. May God bless you.