Updates From the Hall of Fame Songwriter

Songwriters Hall of Fame 2018 Nomination

Randy Goodrum nominated for prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2018!


“I am humbly honored by my nomination to the 2018 Songwriters Hall Of Fame. This is the pinnacle award for songwriters on this planet and I am enormously appreciative of receiving this news. To be in the company of my fellow nominees as well as the aspirational and inspirational list of Members of the @SongHall is the greatest honor.”

-Randy Goodrum


You can read more about Randy’s 2018 SHOF nomination here

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Q&A with Randy Goodrum

Ever wonder if American songwriter Randy Goodrum has ‘magic moments’ while writing music and lyrics to hit song after hit song?

The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee whose songwriting crosses many genres – country, pop, jazz, rock, R&B and adult contemporary, has written #1 songs in each of the four decades since his first #1 hit, 1978’s “You Needed Me.”


 Musician/Songwriter Bill Burgess recently asked Randy to think about a “special memory” in his songwriting career:


Q: Do you have a special memory of a moment in songwriting where one musical or lyric phrase materialized and made the magic? I’m thinking of one of those for me … where that one new change and melody over it elevated it in my mind to maybe be better than average for me. Any of your songwriting moments come to mind?


The Songwriter on Songwriting: Randy Goodrum answers…

A: Great question, Sir. Here’s my take: “I think that songwriting isn’t so much a linear process as an exponential one. In other words, a word, phrase, lick, etc., can elevate and electrify a write of a song in a way that is completely unpredictable. I learned that from being a jazz player before becoming a songwriter. Sometimes stuff happens that causes other stuff to happen. I can’t name a particular instance for you because it’s be my modus operandi to start the process and see is lightening will strike. Yes, one can write a song, by the numbers, and make a well written, crafted piece but without that insane spark that, for the most, comes from nowhere, it just lies there and is, in the end, “OK”, but not great. Sometimes one just has to just keep on keeping on. Also, in the end. “A second opinion person” is good to have or find for a writer to make sure they don’t toss out a “masterpiece”…. Just sayin’….”

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Wayland Holyfield & Randy Goodrum

Arkansas Sounds presents:

Two legendary Arkansas songwriters, Wayland Holyfield of Mallettown and Randy Goodrum of Hot Springs, will perform their Grammy Award-winning hit music.


wayland_holyfieldNashville Hall of Fame songwriters, Wayland Holyfield and Randy Goodrum will join forces as a duo and return home to Arkansas to perform some of their many Top 40 pop and country hits.

Wayland Holyfield, guitar and vocals, has received thirty-seven Performance Society awards and has written over forty Top 10 hits and fourteen #1 songs, such as “Could I Have This Dance,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer,” “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” and more. Wayland also wrote the state song, “Arkansas, You Run Deep In Me”.

Randy Goodrum, piano and vocals, is a Grammy award-nominated songwriter, a producer, and performer. Goodrum has written #1 songs in each of the four decades since his first #1 hit, 1978’s “You Needed Me.” Goodrum’s award winning and chart topping hits from the country, pop, jazz, rock, R&B, and adult contemporary charts also include “Bluer Than Blue”, “It’s Sad to Belong”, “Oh, Sherrie”, and “What Are We Doin’ In Love” amongst many others. In his role as a musician, Randy has performed with Chet Atkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Reed.



Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $15


Holyfield photo: Brittany Platt; Goodrum photo courtesy of artist.

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