Reynolds was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas and started writing songs during his college years. His powerful "Don't Let Me Die on Prison Land" was recorded by Sonny James and the Tennessee State Prison Band for a live album taped at the Tennessee State Prison. Reynolds and a friend, Dickey Lee, continued writing after college and soon moved into production and publishing with their own company.
He wrote the 1965 pop hit "Five O'Clock World" for The Vogues. Hal Ketchum later covered this song on his 1991 debut album Past the Point of Rescue, with Reynolds as co-producer alongside Jim Rooney, and became a Top 20 country single for Ketchum the following year. Reynolds's other writing credits include Crystal Gayle's "Wrong Road Again," "Somebody Loves You" and "Ready For the Times to Get Better," Waylon Jennings' "Dreaming My Dreams with You" and Don Williams's "I Recall a Gypsy Woman" and "We Should Be Together."
Reynolds produced nearly all of Garth Brooks's hit albums (other than the 1999 album Garth Brooks in...The Life of Chris Gaines, produced by Don Was). He has also produced albums for Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Don Williams, Crystal Gayle, Emmylou Harris, George Hamilton IV and the O'Kanes.
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