Joe Nichols took the roundabout way to country success, scoring his first major hit six years after landing his initial record deal.
Nichols met producer Randy Edwards while working in Nashville, and under his guidance, performed regularly and worked on his songwriting. In 2003, Nichols landed his first No. 1 single with "Brokenheartsville" from his 2002 album entitled Man with a Memory.
The accolades were suddenly flying fast and furious. The Academy of Country Music named Nichols its 2002 Top New Male Vocalist, while the Country Music Association awarded him its prestigious Horizon Award in 2003. In addition, he garnered Grammy® nominations, and Billboard declared "The Impossible" the tenth-most-played song of 2003. Nichols toured with Alan Jackson through August of that year, and saw the single "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" enjoy similar radio success.
In 2007, Nichols released Real Things and featured both "Another Side of You," and "It Ain't No Crime," both of which reached the Top 20. He showcased his expressive baritone on three follow-up albums-Revelation, III, and Real Things. More hit singles came, as well-"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," What's A Guy Gotta Do," "If Nobody Believed in You," and "I'll Wait for You." In 2009, Nichols released Old Things New followed by a Greatest Hits album. In 2011, Nichols released It's All Good.
It's All Good