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Songwriter of “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Cowboys and Angels,” “The Man I Want To Be," and "Heads Carolina, Tails California"

With nearly two dozen smash hits, multiple BMI songwriting awards, a  Grammy for Best Country Song, as well as being inducted into the Nashville  Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2017, Tim Nichols has earned his place among  Nashville's most elite and respected tunesmiths.  

In 2004, along with Craig Wiseman, Nichols wrote Tim McGraw's "Live Like  You Were Dying," which stayed at #1 for ten consecutive weeks. In addition  to breaking a 30 year record, "Live Like You Were Dying" won the Grammy  award for Best Country Song in 2005. It also won the Song of the Year  award from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, BMI  Country Awards, ASCAP Country Awards, Billboard and the Nashville  Songwriters Association International. It is the only song to have won every  major song award that is presented for country music.


Other Nichols’ hits helped launch the careers of Jo Dee Messina,  (Heads Carolina, Tails California) and Dustin Lynch. (Cowboys and Angels)  Sony Music artist Chris Young stayed at the top of the charts for 3 weeks  with the Nichols composition, “The Man I Want To Be.”  


Feeling the importance of giving back to the community and the music  industry, Nichols is a former member of the Board of Directors of the  Country Music Association, and a current member of the Nashville  Songwriter Association International Board of Directors. Nichols is also the  current President of the Board of Directors of the High Hopes Preschool and  Pediatric Therapy Clinic, which serves children with special needs in  Nashville and surrounding counties in middle Tennessee. 

When not on Music Row in pursuit of his next hit, Tim enjoys finding  inspiration by traveling with his wife, Nashville Edit Magazine founder and  publisher, Stacie Standifer. Out of their travels Nichols developed, "From  A Songwriter's Camera," a collection of images that speak visually with  the same heart, intensity and voice as his songs. Whether visually  through photography or sonically through music, Nichols says he loves  "the process of creating" and looks forward to the images and songs yet to  come.

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