WCM Top Songs on Billboard Country Airplay
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“My best friend growing up was Rhett Akins,” Hayslip recalled. “We started writing songs together at about age 13. He played, so I didn’t have to.” Instead, Hayslip focused on writing. “Every spare moment I had, I wrote lyrics,” he said. “I was bound and determined when I got here (Nashville) I was going to learn how to play.”
Ben grew up in Valdosta and Augusta, Georgia. Most of his youth was consumed by football, basketball and baseball. He opted for baseball and headed off for Georgia Southern University where his 1990 team made it all the way to Omaha, Nebraska to the College World Series.
Although sports always took priority over everything, Ben also held tight to another dream. That dream was to someday live in Nashville, TN and write country music. Growing up in the Deep South, he was introduced to many different formats of music. His family listened to everything from Johnny Cash and Freddie Fender to Elvis and Percy Sledge. The person that caught his attention the most was Hank Williams, Jr. After living and breathing Hank for his entire high school career, he knew without a doubt that he had to someday try his hand in Nashville.
Ben took the leap of faith after graduating college and finally landed in Music City. Shortly after, he signed his first writing deal and a year later had songs recorded by Trace Adkins and BlackHawk. Today his love for what he does and his belief that he’s doing what God called him to do are stronger than ever.
Ben is currently a staff writer for This Music-Warner Chappell Music and has seen his songs recorded by acts such as Brooks and Dunn, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols, Jack Ingram and Willie Nelson among others. He celebrated his first ASCAP Award winning single in 2005 with Jeff Bates’ “Long, Slow Kisses” and in 2008, enjoyed his first Top 5 with “Put A Girl In It” recorded by Brooks and Dunn. In 2009, Ben entered the Top 10 with both “I’ll Just Hold On” by Blake Shelton and “Barefoot and Crazy” by Jack Ingram.
Overall, Hayslip has had 19 #1 songs. These include, "I'll Just Hold On" by Blake Shelton, "Put A Girl In It" by Brooks & Dunn, "Gimmie That Girl" by Joe Nichols, "All About Tonight" by Blake Shelton, "All Over Me" by Josh Turner, "Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton, "I Don't Want This Night To End", "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Martina McBride, and "When She Says Baby" by Jason Aldean