Gary Harrison is an American songwriter.
Harrison began his career in the 1970s and has written over 300 major-label recorded songs including several number-one hits. His songwriting credits include ; "Hey Cinderella" (recorded by Suzy Bogguss); "I Hate Everything" a number-one recording by George Strait); "I Just Wanted You to Know" (recorded by Mark Chesnutt); "I Thought It Was You" (recorded by Doug Stone); "Lying in Love with You" (recorded by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius); "Strawberry Wine" (with Matraca Berg, recorded by Deana Carter); "Wild Angels" (with Matraca Berg; recorded by Martina McBride); "Wrong Side of Memphis" (with Matraca Berg, recorded by Trisha Yearwood), and "That Train Don't Run" (recorded by Pinmonkey).Other artists who have recorded his work include Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Easton Corbin, Patty Loveless, John Michael Montgomery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charley Pride, Anne Murray, Mindy Mccready, Diamond Rio, Sammy Kershaw, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Milsap, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Lee, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Bob Welch, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers,Matraca Berg,Crystal Gayle,Loverboy, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty,Barbara Mandrell, Lonestar,Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Michael Martin Murphy, Lee Greenwood, George Canyon, The Kendalls, Sylvia, Mickey Gilley, Eddy Raven,Bryan White, Tammy Cochran, John Berry, Rick Trevino, Marie Osmond, Chely Wright, and Keith Whitley.
Among the awards he has received are the Country Music Association Song of the Year award (for "Strawberry Wine"), several Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter Achievement Awards, and 16 BMI awards. In 1997 he received the CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARD for having three number 1 records within a twelve-month period. He was nominated for Grammy Awards for "Strawberry Wine" and "A Face in the Crowd".
Harrison worked for Mercury Records Nashville as senior director of A&R from 1994 to 2002, when he became a partner in Bigger Picture Music Group, a music publishing and production company.