A native of North Carolina, Gayle Holcomb was first hired by the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment in 1984 as an assistant where she rose quickly through the ranks to become one of the first women in the Nashville office to be promoted to agent in 1987. In 1989, Holcomb joined the WME fair department and moved to California in 1990 continuing her work with the agency's premier music clients in country, rock, adult contemporary and alternative genres.
In Los Angeles, Holcomb continues her work with fairs and festivals, as well as becoming a responsible agent representing such clients as Chris Botti, Josh Groban and Barry Manilow. She has also served as a member of the Academy of Country Music's Board of Directors for 16 years, and as Chairman of the Board for four years.
During her tenure as Chair, Holcomb was a driving force for the organization's rapid change and growth, lobbying--and ultimately prevailing--to boldly move the Awards show from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2004. That strategic decision helped propel the event from a one-night Awards show to "The Week Vegas Goes Country," a full-blown, annual country take-over of Las Vegas that draws thousands of music-lovers around the world and includes the Academy's Celebrity Golf Classic, Charity Motorcycle Ride, Fremont Street Concerts, New Artists' Party for a Cause, All-Star Jam and more. Holcomb helped launch the Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund in 2005, guiding the vision for the Fund as it got underway initially and continuing her support of the organization today as its Vice President.
She made the initial endowment to form the ACMCF's Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, in honor of her mother, to enable the Fund to respond quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of ACM members, staff and members of the country music community. Holcomb resides in Marina del Rey, CA.