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Background information
Birth nameJoseph Edward Nichols
Born (1976-11-26) November 26, 1976 (age 42)
Origin Rogers, Arkansas, U.S. [1]
Genres Country [2] [3]
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1996–present

Joseph Edward Nichols (born November 26, 1976) is an American country music artist. Between 1996 and 2001, he held recording contracts with the Intersound and Giant labels. In 2002, he signed with Universal South Records, now known as Show Dog-Universal Music.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

Giant Records was launched in 1990 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Records and record executive Irving Azoff.

Show Dog-Universal Music is an American independent record label specializing in country music artists. It was formed from the merger of Show Dog Nashville and Universal South Records in 2009. Show Dog Nashville was formed in 2005 by singer Toby Keith as a joint venture with former DreamWorks Records executive Scott Borchetta. Universal South was formed in 2001. The two labels merged in December 2009.


Nichols began his career with The Rodeo Band, playing in high school gymnasiums and small clubs. Throughout the course of his career, Nichols has released nine studio albums: Joe Nichols (1996), Man with a Memory (2002), Revelation , A Traditional Christmas (both 2004), III (2005), Real Things (2007), Old Things New (2009), Crickets (2013), and Never Gets Old (2017). These albums have produced over 14 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the Number One singles "Brokenheartsville", "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", "Gimmie That Girl", "Sunny and 75", and the RIAA GOLD-certified single "Yeah", as well as five other Top 10 entries.

<i>Joe Nichols</i> (album) 1996 studio album by Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols is the debut studio album of American country music artist Joe Nichols. Released in 1996 on Intersound Records, it produced the singles "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other", "I Hate the Way I Love You", "To Tell You the Truth, I Lied", and "Wal-Mart Parking Lot Social Club". None of these singles charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in the U.S., but "Six of One, Half a Dozen " reached number 74 on the RPM Top Country Tracks charts in Canada. It also reached #63 on the Cash Box Country Singles Chart. "She Could Care Less" was previously recorded by Shenandoah on their 1994 album In the Vicinity of the Heart.

<i>Man with a Memory</i> 2002 studio album by Joe Nichols

Man with a Memory is the second studio album by American country music artist Joe Nichols, released in 2002 on the Universal South Records label. It produced four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "The Impossible", "Brokenheartsville", "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" and "Cool to Be a Fool". It is certified platinum by the RIAA as shipping one million copies in the United States and received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.

<i>Revelation</i> (Joe Nichols album) 2004 album by Joe Nichols

Revelation is the third studio album by country music artist Joe Nichols, released in 2004 on Universal South Records. It produced two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "If Nobody Believed in You" at number 10 and "What's a Guy Gotta Do" at number 4. Also included is "Farewell Party", a cover of a Gene Watson hit single.

In October 2012, Nichols signed to Red Bow, a new partnership of Broken Bow Records and RED Distribution. [4]

BBR Music Group is an American independent record label based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in July 1999 by Benny Brown, the label specializes in country music. The label's EVP is Jon Loba.

RED Distribution, LLC is a Sony-owned sales and marketing division that merged under The Orchard in 2017. RED previously handled releases for more than sixty independent record labels. It was home to 'stache media, a marketing and brand partnership agency based in New York City which has since become RED MUSIC.


Joe Nichols was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas. [5] He was the second son born to Michael Curtis Nichols (May 29, 1956 - July 16, 2002) and Robin Larson Nichols. Joe has an older brother Michael Curtis Jr. and two younger sisters, Kelli Francis and Lacey Nichols. His father, who worked as a trucker, also played bass guitar in local country bands; eventually, Nichols himself found work in a local rock band, before taking a job as a country disc jockey. [1] Nichols is part Cherokee. [6] .

Rogers, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Rogers is located in Northwest Arkansas, United States, one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. Rogers was the location of the first Walmart store, whose corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Bentonville. Rogers is a city in the Ozarks in Benton County. Daisy Outdoor Products, known for its air rifles, has both its headquarters and its Airgun Museum in Rogers.

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Musical career

Nichols in April 2010 JoeNicholsApr10.jpg
Nichols in April 2010

Through a meeting with record producer Randy Edwards, Nichols began to work on his singing and songwriting skills. At age 19, he was signed to his first record deal, with an independent label known as Intersound Records. There, Nichols released his first album, 1996's Joe Nichols . Despite the minor success of its lead-off single "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other" (which reached No. 74 on the RPM country charts in Canada), the album sold poorly and he was dropped from Intersound's roster. A second record deal, this time with Giant Records, was short-lived and did not produce any singles or albums. [1] After his short-lived record deals, he took many jobs in Nashville, including moving furniture, installing cable TV systems, and selling steaks door to door. [7]

Intersound Records was an American independent record label that operated in the 1980s and 1990s.

<i>RPM</i> (magazine) Canadian music industry publication

RPM was a Canadian music industry publication that featured song and album charts for Canada. The publication was founded by Walt Grealis in February 1964, supported through its existence by record label owner Stan Klees. RPM ceased publication in November 2000.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.

1999–2003: Man with a Memory

In 1999, Nichols met Brent Rowan, a Nashville session guitarist who helped him land a recording contract with Universal South Records (which became Show Dog-Universal Music in December 2009). July 2002 was the release of his second album, entitled Man with a Memory . Its lead-off single, "The Impossible", went on to become a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, and was declared by Billboard as the tenth most-played country song of 2003. [1] The same year, his debut album was re-issued under the title Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other. [1]

Brent Rowan is an American session musician and record producer who works primarily in country music. Active since the 1970s, Rowan began working with John Conlee through the recommendation of record producer Bud Logan. Rowan first played on Conlee's "Friday Night Blues", and later became the only guitarist for Conlee's recordings.

Nashville, Tennessee State capital and consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 691,243. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 667,560 in 2017.

The Impossible (song) 2002 Joe Nichols song

"The Impossible" is a song written by Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller and recorded by American country music artist Joe Nichols. It was released in March 2002 as the first single from his 2002 album Man with a Memory. The song was Nichols’ first chart entry on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, peaking at number 3 in late 2002 and earned Kelly Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song. Fellow country singer Mark Chesnutt also cut the song around the same time Nichols did but shelved his version, finally releasing it as a bonus track on his compilation album Greatest Hits II.

Man with a Memory earned Nichols a Top New Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music, as well as three Grammy Award nominations and platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). [1] Its second single, "Brokenheartsville", became his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard country charts in 2003, while "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" and "Cool to Be a Fool" both reached Top 20. [1] Also in 2003, Nichols received the Country Music Association's Horizon Award. [5]

2004–2007: Revelation, III and Real Things

Nichols spent most of 2004 on tour with Alan Jackson. In June of that year, he issued his third studio album, Revelation . It produced two Top Ten hits in "If Nobody Believed in You" and "What's a Guy Gotta Do", at No. 10 and No. 4 respectively. Later that same year, he also issued an album of Christmas music, entitled A Traditional Christmas . Four of the tracks from this album received enough airplay to enter the country charts.

III was Nichols' fourth album and was released in October 2005. [1] Its lead-off single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," became his second Billboard Number One hit, and both the single and the album receiving Gold certifications from the RIAA. The album also produced the Top Ten hits "Size Matters (Someday)" and "I'll Wait for You", at No. 9 and No. 7, respectively. In 2005, Anna Nicole Smith met Nichols at the Grand Ole Opry and she became a fan. [8] After Smith's death, he performed two songs ("Wings of a Dove" and "I'll Wait for You") at her funeral service. Nichols joined Toby Keith on tours in both 2005 and 2006.

Nichols' fifth album, Real Things, was released in August 2007. [1] Its two singles, Another Side of You" and "It Ain't No Crime," were both Top 20 country hits. The album also included a cover of "Let's Get Drunk and Fight," which Canadian singer Aaron Lines released as a single in 2008.

2008–2011: Old Things New and It's All Good

Nichols released a new single, "Believers," to radio on March 27, 2009. [9] Written by Ashley Gorley, Wade Kirby and Bill Luther, it was the first single from his sixth album, Old Things New . The song failed to reach the Top 20, reaching a peak of number 26. However, the album's second single, "Gimmie That Girl," became Nichols' third Number One hit on the country charts in May 2010. The album's third single, "The Shape I'm In," was released in July 2010 and peaked at number 17 on the country charts.

Following a merger with his label and Show Dog Records, It's All Good was his seventh album released on November 8, 2011 via Show Dog-Universal Music. The album's only single "Take It Off" peaked at number 25 on the country charts, and Nichols parted ways with Show Dog-Universal in May 2012. [10]

2012–2015: Crickets

After parting ways with his longtime label, Nichols signed in October 2012 to Red Bow, a new partnership of Broken Bow Records and RED Distribution. [4]

On April 22, 2013, "Sunny and 75" premiered exclusively online at AOL's The Boot. [11] The song was available on iTunes May 7, 2013. On Monday, May 13, it was announced that the song had the biggest country radio add week of his entire career, with 52 first week adds. [12] It peaked at number one on the Country Airplay chart in December 2013. [13] Nichols' eighth studio album, Crickets , was released on October 8, 2013. [14] On January 9, 2014, it was announced that "Sunny and 75" was certified Gold by the RIAA for single sales in excess of 500,000 digital downloads. [15] The album's second single, "Yeah", was released to country radio on January 27, 2014. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in July 2014. The album's third single, "Hard to Be Cool", was released to country radio on September 1, 2014. [16]

In 2014, he sang, together with Lucy Hale, the song "Red Dress", which appears on her album, Road Between .

2015-present: Never Gets Old

It was announced on Nichols' website that the lead single to his ninth studio album, titled "Freaks Like Me", would be released to digital retailers on September 18, 2015, and to radio on September 21, 2015. [17] Nichols released the new single "Undone" on May 12, 2016 [18] and released his ninth studio album Never Gets Old on July 28, 2017 on Broken Bow Records. "Freaks Like Me" and "Undone" are not included on the new album. Joe parted ways with Broken Bow Music Group in August 2018.

Personal life

On January 8, 2005, Nichols returned to Nashville to see a therapist after causing a scene in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, while intoxicated on amphetamines and alcohol. He had been battling an addiction since 2002 after the death of his father. [19] On October 13, 2007, Nichols was checked into a substance abuse rehabilitation program. [20]

Nichols married Heather Singleton on September 9, 2007, in Savannah, Georgia. He had known Singleton since they were both 19 years old. In 2012, the couple had a daughter. [21] Nichols has another daughter, born 1998, from a previous relationship. [22] On May 20, 2014, Nichols and wife Heather welcomed daughter Georgia Blue Nichols. [23]

Nichols is a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. [24]


Studio albums

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