Ben Hayslip

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Ben Hayslip
Born March 11
Origin Evans, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Jack Ingram, Rodney Atkins, Rhett Akins, Tim McGraw. Jeff Bates, Blake Shelton

Ben Hayslip (born in Evans, Georgia) is an American country music songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Hayslip attended Evans High School near Augusta, Georgia where he was an All-State first baseman leading the Evans baseball team to the 1988 Georgia state championship.[1] After graduation, Hayslip attended Georgia Southern University to play baseball where he was a member of the 1990 team that participated in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Hayslip graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1994.[2] In the same year, Hayslip moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in country music.[3]


Hayslip has co-written many hit songs including "Put a Girl in It" by Brooks & Dunn, "Barefoot and Crazy" by Jack Ingram, "Gimmie That Girl" and "The Shape I'm In" by Joe Nichols,[4] "Long, Slow Kisses" by Jeff Bates, "I'll Just Hold On", "All About Tonight" and "Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton, "All Over Me" by Josh Turner, "Farmer's Daughter" by Rodney Atkins, "Broken In" by Trent Willmon, "Summer Thing" by Troy Olsen and "Chicken and Biscuits" by Colt Ford.[5] Hayslip also co-wrote Martina McBride's single "I'm Gonna Love You Through It", Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night to End", Craig Morgan's "This Ole Boy", Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know" and "When She Says Baby", Chris Young's "I Can Take It from There", Jake Owen's "Anywhere with You", Justin Moore's "Point at You", Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This", Dustin Lynch's "Wild in Your Smile" and Craig Campbell's "Keep Them Kisses Comin'". Many were collaborations with fellow Georgia natives, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson. The trio of songwriters are known as The Peach Pickers.[6] In April 2010, "Gimme That Girl" went to number one on the country music singles charts, the first Hayslip written song to do so.[1] "All About Tonight", "All Over Me", "Honey Bee", "I Don't Want This Night to End" and "The Only Way I Know" all reached number one on the country music charts also.

Hayslip has won thirteen ASCAP awards for most played songs of the year. In 2006 he won for "Long, Slow Kisses"[7] and in 2009 for "Put a Girl in It".[8] in 2010 he won for "Barefoot And Crazy and "i'll Just Hold On" and in 2011 he won for "Gimmie That Girl", "All About Tonight", "All Over Me", "Farmers Daughter" and "The Shape I'm In". In 2012 he won awards for "This Ole Boy", "Honey Bee", "I Don't Want This Night To End" and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" with "Honey Bee" being named ASCAP Song of the Year.

In 2011,2013 and 2014, Hayslip received the CMA Triple Play Award for having 3 #1 songs in a twelve-month period. Hayslip was also name ASCAP'S 2011 and 2012 Songwriter of the Year.

In 2009, Hayslip had twenty-nine cuts by various artists.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He married his wife, Melissa, in 1997. They have three children, Tarver, Camden and Knox. They live in Lebanon, TN.[1]