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Grammy nominee Wayland Holyfield joins acclaimed musicians, songwriters in free AETN concert

Holyfield is the writer and performer of “Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me),” which was named one of Arkansas’s official state songs in 1987. Holyfield performed the song at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1992.

“When I wrote ‘Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)’ I really meant those words and still do,” Holyfield said. “Although I've lived in Nashville for many years, I'm very proud to be known as a ‘born-and-raised’ Arkansan, and I love to get back home whenever I can.

“It is my goal to make the song available to my fellow Arkansans, and in AETN I have found the perfect partner. Hopefully, the song can be used in various ways to raise money and awareness for AETN's entertainment and educational mission. All proceeds will be donated to AETN, and I'm delighted to do so.”

The public is invited to this free singer/songwriter showcase, which will be taped for broadcast at a later date. Anyone interested in being part of the audience is asked to R.S.V.P. at www.aetn.org/rsvp and arrive at the studio by 6 p.m. on June 24. AETN is located at 350 South Donaghey in Conway.

“We are pleased that Wayland Holyfield is coming to AETN and bringing his ever-popular ‘Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)’ with him,” AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. “When Wayland expressed his interest in supporting public broadcasting through AETN, we were thrilled. To be able to share his cherished and popular song with Arkansans to help support the programs and services that folks expect from AETN is a true gift.

“‘Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)’ was a staple on AETN during the ’80s and ’90s as a nightly sign-off theme for the network, and since then we’ve gotten requests for copies of the song weekly. We are excited to bring it back to AETN and to have Wayland and this fantastic group of singer/songwriters performing in our studios.”

Grammy-nominated Holyfield has written more than 40 Top Ten hits and 14 No. 1 songs. Holyfield has written for Anne Murray, Don Williams, Randy Travis, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Peter Townsend, Reba McEntire, Ernest Tubb, George Strait and George Jones. Other Holyfield songs include: “Could I Have This Dance,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” “You’re Going Out of My Mind” and “Nobody Likes Sad Songs.”

“The taping on June 24 brings together three terrific Arkansans who have become very successful in the music industry,” Holyfield said. “Randy Goodrum, Mark Wright and Shawn Camp all currently reside in Nashville, but the fact that they all readily agreed to ‘come home’ and donate their talents to a great cause like Arkansas public television speaks volumes about how Arkansas runs deep in them, too.

“We'll be on stage to join in songs, stories, lots of laughs, and maybe even a tear or two.”

Wright, MCA Nashville Senior Vice President of A&R and a Fayetteville native, has more than 40 No. 1 hits that he has either written, published or produced. He has produced music for Clint Black, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan and Rhett Akins and has written for Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Eddie Rabbitt and Alabama, among others.

Goodrum, originally from Hot Springs and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has written or co-written songs for Anne Murray, Steve Perry and Chicago and performed as keyboardist on recordings by Amy Grant and other artists.

Camp, born in Little Rock and raised in Perry and Saline counties, is a singer and songwriter who has created material for artists including Ralph Stanley, Del McCourey, Ricky Skaggs, Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn. He has also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Alan Jackson, Osborne Brothers and John Prine.

AETN is currently producing a commemorative “Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)” DVD including Holyfield performing the song in the AETN studios, the original AETN sign off with the song, an exclusive interview with Holyfield, a photo gallery from the “AETN Presents” taping and an audio download of the song. Anyone who becomes a member of the AETN Foundation online at www.aetn.org/waylandholyfield will receive the DVD as a thank you gift in November. All proceeds will support public broadcasting in Arkansas.

“AETN Presents” features a variety of arts and cultural subjects. Previously included in the series have been the Arkansas Acoustic Festival; performances by the Cate Brothers, Trout Fishing in America, Dale Hawkins, Shannon Boshears Band, The Salty Dogs and Epiphany; and “On the Same Page” with authors Buzz Bissinger, Billy Collins, John T. Edge and Kenneth L. Smith.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).


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