Gary Nicholson is an American singer-songwriter and record producer, known mainly for his work in country music. He is a two-time grammy winning producer for the Delbert McClinton albums Nothing Personal (2001) and The Cost of Living (2006).
Nicholson began playing music in his teenage years, including high school dances and Veterans of Foreign Wars halls. He later attended University of North Texas and formed a band. He later played for Delbert McClinton. One of his first cuts was "Jukebox Argument", sung by Mickey Gilley in the film Urban Cowboy.
Nicholson reclocated to Nashville, Tennessee. During this period he continued picking up gigs as a hired guitar, playing for such artists as Billy Joe Shaver and Guy Clark.
In 1983 Nicholson signed a publishing contract with Tree Publishing (now Sony/ATV Music Publishing). He achieved his first number 1 hit in 1984 with the song "That's the Thing About Love", recorded by Don Williams. He penned another number 1 hit in 1993 with "One More Last Chance" recorded by Vince Gill.
Artists who have recorded Nicholson's songs include Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Charley Pride,Gail Davies, Waylon Jennings, T. Graham Brown, Seth Walker, and Montgomery Gentry.
He was nominated to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 and inducted into Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. He has also won several ASCAP songwriting awards.
More than 350 recordings have been made of his songs,across multiple genres. He has produced records by The Judds, T. Graham Brown, Pam Tillis, Wynonna Judd, and more. He continues to work in his family publishing company Nicholson Music Group and perform as his blues alter ego Whitey Johnson.
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