Wayne Kirkpatrick


Songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick was honored as an SCL Ambassador on December 11th, 2023 at the annual SCL New York Holiday Party at The Cutting Room.

Wayne Kirkpatrick is best known for his 1996 Grammy Award winning song of the year, “Change The World”, recorded by Babyface and Eric Clapton. What you may not know is that Wayne has had over 200 songs recorded in the last 30 years. He has enjoyed Pop, Country, R&B and CCM success with songs such as “Every Heartbeat” and “Good For Me” by Amy Grant, “Place In This World” by Michael W. Smith, as well as recordings by Don Henley, Wynonna, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Tyler Hilton, Gabe Dixon, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Joe Cocker, Reba McEntire and The Wreckers (“My, Oh My”).

Wayne solely wrote Garth Brook’s single “Wrapped Up In You” and penned the song used in the Garth Brooks’ Dr. Pepper commercial. He is also a writer on Bonnie Raitt’s singles “I Can’t Help You Now” and “I Will Not Be Broken” as well as “Take My Love With You” from her Grammy award-winning Slipstream album and had the first single from her album, Dig in Deep, entitled “Gypsy in Me.”  He has produced and written on three Little Big Town records, yielding such top ten hits as “Boondocks”, “Bring it on Home”, “A Little More You” and “Little White Church”. His songs have been featured in movies including Almost FamousPhenomenon, and Bruce Almighty, as well as TV shows such as Grey’s AnatomyHart of DixieTrue Blood, and Nashville. His song “When You Act” was written for and featured on an episode of the Netflix original series Julie’s Greenroom performed by Julie Andrews and Alec Baldwin.

Wayne is also co-creator and co-composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical, Something Rotten! which was nominated for 10 Tony awards, including Best Score. He wrote songs for the Warner Bros. animated feature Smallfoot, and is a composer/lyricist for Mrs. Doubtfire, The Musical, his second Broadway production currently playing in London’s West End. Wayne was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. A long time game enthusiast, he is also co-writing/producing/directing a documentary about the history of board games, which is on-going.

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