Wayland Holyfield is an award-winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded and performed all over the world. He has long been involved as an advocate for songwriters' and composers' rights. He has served as as a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors for almost two decades.
Holyfield is past president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as past chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board. He was also a member of the ASCAP Board of Review for four years. Holyfield has testified on behalf of songwriters and composers before both Senate and House Judiciary Committees in Washington, DC. Some of his awards and honors include induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, two time winner of the Music City News Top Country Hits Award, Grammy Nominee, CMA Triple Play Award and recipient of the Nashville Songwriters Association International Presidents Award. He has received a total of 37 Performance Society awards and has written over 40 top 10 hits and 14 #1 songs. Some of the artists who have recorded Holyfield's songs include George Strait, Peter Townsend, Don Williams, Anne Murray, Brooks and Dunn, Reba McEntire, Ronan Keating, Patti Page, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Julio Iglesias, Crystal Gayle, Eddy Arnold, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charley Pride, Bill Medley, Mac Davis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Michael Martin Murphy, Mickey Gilley, John Anderson, Johnny Russell, The Statler Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Juice Newton, The Judds and George Jones.
His songs include "Could I Have This Dance," "Till the Rivers All Run Dry," "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," "You're My Best Friend," "You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had," "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer," "She Never Knew Me," "Put Your Dreams Away," "Your Love Shines Through," "You're Going Out of My Mind," "Stop the Rain," "Down in Tennessee," "When You Get To The Heart," "Wish I Had a Heart of Stone," "She Reminded Me of You," "Don't Count The Rainy Days," "The Blues in Black and White," "Only Here for a Little While" and "Meanwhile." Holyfield also wrote "Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me" which has been adopted as the official state song of Arkansas. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 40 years and have three grown children, Greg, Mark and Lee.