Ben Hayslip, known for penning hits including Dustin Lynch’s “Small Town Boy” and Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Everyday,” has inked a global publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Nashville.
Hayslip moved to Nashville in 1994, and soon earned his first publishing deal, penning songs recorded by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins. In 2006, Hayslip signed with THiS Music, which was co-founded by Rusty Gaston, who now leads Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville.
Hayslip has penned 15 No. 1 singles; among his hits are Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name The Dogs,” “The Only Way I Know” (Jason Aldean ft. Luke Bryan and Eric Church), and Thomas Rhett’s “Star of the Show.”
He’s earned honors including two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards, as well as ASCAP’s Most Performed Country Song honor, CMA Triple Play honors, ACM Vocal Event of the Year (“The Only Way I Know”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song (for Shelton’s “I Lived It”).
Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Gaston stated, “I’ve had the honor of championing Ben Hayslip’s songs for the past 15 years – his drive, talent and determination are unparalleled. Simply put, country music would not be where it is today without his heartfelt contributions, and I am thrilled to continue working with him in this new chapter at Sony/ATV.”
Hayslip said, “I’m so excited about being a part of this Sony/ATV team. The honest passion for songs that Rusty Gaston brings to work each day is contagious, and he’s surrounded himself with staff who share that same passion. I have no doubt that together, we can add to the rich history of Sony/ATV and leave our own mark on country music.”
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