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Ben Hayslip

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Ben Hayslip
BornMarch 11, 1970 (1970-03-11) (age 54)
Evans, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Member ofThe Peach Pickers

Ben Hayslip (born March 11, 1970, in Evans, Georgia) is an American country music songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Evans, Georgia, Hayslip was a freshman quarterback for the 1984 state and national champion Valdosta Wildcats of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Hayslip’s family moved to Evans, Georgia, in January 1985, where he would become a four-year starter on the Evans Knights baseball team in Evans, Georgia and capture a 1987 State runner-up, a 1988 State Championship. Hayslip participated in the 1988 Georgia North/South All-State game. Hayslip attended Georgia Southern University to play baseball and was a member of the 1990 team that participated in the College World Series in Omaha Nebraska.

After graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1994, Hayslip moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music.[1]


Hayslip has co-written many hit songs including "Gimmie That Girl" and "The Shape I'm In" by Joe Nichols[2] and "Chicken and Biscuits" by Colt Ford.[3] 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", and Thomas Rhett's Star of the Show. Hayslip often collaborates with fellow Georgia natives Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson. The trio of songwriters are known as The Peach Pickers.[4] In April 2010, "Gimme That Girl" went to number one on the country music singles charts, the first Hayslip written song to do so.[5] "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 won ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Hayslip has won twenty ASCAP awards and two song of the year Awards for "Honey Bee" and "It Goes Like This."[citation needed]

In 2011, 2013 and 2014 and 2018, Hayslip received the CMA Triple Play Award for having three #1 songs in a twelve-month period. Hayslip was also named ASCAP'S 2011 and 2012 Songwriter of the Year.[citation needed]

In 2009, Hayslip had twenty-nine cuts by various artists.[6]


Ben Hayslip releases
Year Artist Song Album Co-written with
Troy Olsen "Summer Thing"
2004 Jeff Bates "Long, Slow Kisses" Leave the Light On Jeff Bates, Gordan Bradberry
2008 Brooks & Dunn "Put a Girl in It" Cowboy Town Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Trent Willmon "Broken In" Broken In Rhett Akins, Gary Lloyd
2009 Rodney Atkins "Friends with Tractors" It's America Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
"Farmer's Daughter" Rhett Akins, Marv Green
Luke Bryan "Doin' My Thing" Doin' My Thing Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Jack Ingram "Barefoot and Crazy" Big Dreams & High Hopes Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Joe Nichols "Gimmie That Girl" Old Things New Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
"The Shape I'm In" Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Blake Shelton "I'll Just Hold On" Startin' Fires Troy Olsen, Bryant Simpson
"Country Strong" Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
"Home Sweet Home" Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
2010 Colt Ford "Chicken and Biscuits" Chicken & Biscuits
Brantley Gilbert "Kick It In the Sticks" Halfway to Heaven Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Akins
Blake Shelton "Can't Afford to Love You" Hillbilly Bone Rhett Akins, Jimmy Yeary
"All About Tonight" All About Tonight Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Josh Turner "All Over Me" Haywire Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
2011 Rodney Atkins "Growing Up Like That" Take a Back Road Rodney Atkins, Tim Hewitt
Luke Bryan "I Don't Want This Night to End" Tailgates & Tanlines Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Martina McBride "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" Eleven Sonya Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary
Jake Owen "Anywhere with You" Barefoot Blue Jean Night David Lee Murphy, Jimmy Yeary
Blake Shelton "Honey Bee" Red River Blue Rhett Akins
Chris Young "I Can Take It from There" Neon Chris Young, Rhett Akins
2012 Jason Aldean "When She Says Baby" Night Train Rhett Akins
"The Only Way I Know"
Colt Ford "Way to Early" Declaration of Independence Colt Ford
Dustin Lynch "Wild in Your Smile" Dustin Lynch Rhett Akins, Marv Green
Tim McGraw "Touchdown Jesus" Emotional Traffic Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Craig Morgan "This Ole Boy" This Ole Boy Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Josh Turner "Watcha Reckon" Punching Bag Josh Turner
"Left Hand Man"
2013 Luke Bryan "Suntan City" Spring Break...Here to Party Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
"Dirt Road Diary" Crash My Party Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Craig Campbell "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" Never Regret Dallas Davidson
Scotty McCreery "Roll Your Window Down" See You Tonight Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Justin Moore "Point at You" Off the Beaten Path Ross Copperman, Rhett Akins
Thomas Rhett "It Goes Like This" It Goes Like This Thomas Rhett, Jimmy Robbins
Blake Shelton "Ten Times Crazier" Based on a True Story… Rhett Akins, Marv Green
"I Found Someone" Rhett Akins
2014 Jason Aldean "Sweet Little Somethin'" Old Boots, New Dirt David Lee Murphy, Marv Green
"I Took It With Me" David Lee Murphy
Luke Bryan "Night One" Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley
Brantley Gilbert "17 Again" Just as I Am Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Akins
"Small Town Throwdown" Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Dustin Lynch "Mind Reader" Where It's At Rhett Akins
Tim McGraw "Dust" Sundown Heaven Town Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson
Blake Shelton "I Need My Girl" Bringing Back the Sunshine Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman
2015 Reba McEntire "Going Out Like That" Love Somebody Rhett Akins, Jason Sellers
2016 Frankie Ballard El Río "Little Bit of Both" Chris Janson, Craig Wiseman
Blake Shelton If I'm Honest "Straight Outta Cold Beer" Marv Green, Justin Wilson
"It Ain't Easy" Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem
2017 Blake Shelton Texoma Shore "I'll Name the Dogs" Josh Thompson, Matt Dragstrem
2017 Thomas Rhett Tangled Up(Deluxe) Star Of The Show
2018 Blake Shelton ’’Texoma Shore’’ ”I Lived It” Akins, Dragstram, Gorley

Personal life[edit]

He married his wife, Melissa, in 1997. They have three children and live in Lebanon, TN.[5]


  1. ^ "Bryan finds voice matures with fatherhood". The Augusta Chronicle. USA TODAY Network. August 8, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  2. ^ Self, Whitney (May 19, 2010). "Joe Nichols Reaps Rewards of Hit Single and Sobriety". CMT. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  3. ^ Conaway, Alanna (8 April 2010). "Colt Ford, 'Chicken and Biscuits' – Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  4. ^ "For Rhett Akins, life is good"
  5. ^ a b "Evans High baseball champ followed his dreams"
  6. ^ "Joe Nichols, Peach Pickers Celebrate Another Hit, 'Gimmie That Girl'"