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Joe Nichols

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Joe Nichols was born on November 26, 1976, in Rogers, Arkansas. His father, a truck driver, played the bass and sang. As a family custom, his father played classic country music, just as his grandfather and uncles did. Joe loved to watch his father perform at VFW dates.

When he was 19, Nichols signed a record deal with Intersound Records but the label folded. Nichols was then forced to undergo the usual round of Nashville jobs that most aspiring young country singers hold down, from moving furniture to installing cable TV systems to selling steaks door to door. In 1999, he met with guitarist Brent Rowan, who became the producer of his debut album (which was also the first project from the Universal South imprint). Six days before the release of his first album, Man With A Memory, Joe’s father died of a rare pulmonary illness. But rather than canceling his performance on the Grand Ole Opry he showed up and sang his father’s favorite Merle Haggard song, “Footlights", as a tribute. The first single “The Impossible” earned him three Grammy nominations. His next single “Brokenheartsville” hit number one. Nichols jumped from the Grand Ole Opry to touring with Alan Jackson and numerous television appearances. In 2003, Nichols received the Country Music Association's prestigious Horizon Award, was honored as The Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist, was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year by CMT: Country Music Television and was voted Best New Male Artist by the readers of Radio & Records.

Following his debut album, Nichols released his second album entitled Revelation. It debuted in the top five and its first single “If Nobody Believed In You” became a hit. The album was deeply introspective and emotional because Nichols recorded it while enduring the loss of his father. Nichols album III on the other hand presents more lively tempos, upbeat energy and humor that can be appreciated in songs like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”. He also recorded an album for the holidays season called A Traditional Christmas.

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