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Tim Nichols – More Than Meets the Music Lover’s Eye

January 23, 2012 by Marla Burns

South Walton was recently honored to have songwriter extraordinaire, Tim Nichols, in our midst during the 3rd annual 30A Songwriters Festival.

As a young man, Tim moved to Nashville from Springfield, Missouri and hit the ground running in the hard to crack Nashville music scene. He has since earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 2004, for co-writing Tim McGraw's Number One hit "Live Like You Were Dying". 

He’s written chart topping hits for other major artists like Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Faith Hill, among many others. Tim’s also got a song, “Out of Summertime”, on last season’s American Idol winner, Scott McCreery’s platimum album.  In Tim’s words, “it’s all good”. 

We sat down with Tim just before his performance at Bud and Alley’s during the festival, and chatted with him about what he’s got going on these days.

First off, he recently married his long-time friend, Stacie Standifer, and when asked how married life was working out for him, he smiled and replied, “I’ve already written a song about it.  Feels just like it’s supposed to.”

Tim also has his multi-talented hand in music publishing, as he started a publishing company a few years ago, “This Music”, a joint venture with Warner-Chappell, and “it’s rocking along”, he says.  “We’ve got Ben Hayslip who writes for us, who won ASCAP’s writer of the year last year.  He wrote “Honey Bee” for Blake [Shelton] and “All Over Me” for Josh Turner.” 

Several of the writers under Tim’s publishing umbrella have songs moving up the charts.  But more importantly, Tim’s new single, “Cowboys and Angels”, with new artist Dustin Lynch on Broken Bow Records, hit the airwaves the week after the 30A Songwriters Festival.  “He’s way talented and it charted early on Billboard.” The song was co-written by Dustin, and renowned Nashville musician, songwriter, and producer, Josh Leo. 

And speaking of multi-talented, something interesting most folks don’t know about Tim, is that his other love is photography. He’s quite an accomplished photographer, and comparing photography to his love of music, Tim replied, “It’s so fun.  It really comes from the same place as writing a song, in that with a song, it’s all about the idea and how you get at it a little different.  And it’s the same thing with taking an image. You try and find that subject, and then, how can I get at this a little different?  I really love it.  I think it’s just another outlet. So we have a couple of little ideas for some projects coming up.” 

As we’re already aware of his keen ear from his songwriting talents, perhaps we’ll see a coffee table book out before long showing off Tim’s keen eye, as well.

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