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Jimmy Nichols Bio


Jimmy Nichols was born James Ginnetti in Columbus, Ohio. He started playing professionally at the ripe old age of 9! By 10, he and his brothers, Tony, Joe, and Fred were practically household names in Columbus’ music scene. Following in the footsteps of his well-known and multi-talented father Joey Nichols, Jimmy and his brothers continued to make a name for themselves around Ohio until 1980, when they set out to capture the hearts of fans nationwide.OK, so that only kinda happened! What did happen is they made the transition from pop-oldies act to country music recording artists, touring with such illustrious names as Eddie Rabbitt, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, and many, many others. This would eventually bring the boys to Nashville for the first time, where Jimmy got his first taste of the Nashville recording scene. In 1986, the brothers scored a billboard pick with their song, “That’s When You Know It’s Over”. How prophetic, because he label went belly up before it could chart, and the brothers found themselves once again on the road trying to support their family.In 1992, a fateful turn through a small town called Olean, N.Y. would change everything for Jimmy and The boys. They met Terry and Kim Pegula, a successful husband and wife business team who believed the boys deserved a chance in Music City once more. With their support, The Nichols Brothers embarked on another project to get them a record deal. While this also did not pan out, this time it did unite young Jimmy with legendary producer David Malloy. David began using Jimmy on all of his projects, beginning with a young artist named Mindy McCready.A double platinum album later, Jimmy and his wife Tonya found themselves touring with Mindy, Jimmy doing band leader/keyboard/vocal duties, and Tonya road managing and running sound! Jimmy and Tonya left the road shortly afterwards, as Jimmy’s recording career took off. Recordings with Reba, Andy Griggs, Daryle Singletary, and Lila McCann followed, and Jimmy was off and running.In 2001, after working on several project with Reba, Jimmy was asked to become Musical Director for her 2001 tour. Jimmy put together a band of session musicians and merged them with Reba’s longtime keyboardist Doug Sisemore and toured the country for 4 years, playing for millions of fans around America. In 2005 after having the opportunity to record with another country legend, Faith Hill, Jimmy was asked to join her as Musical Director during the Fireflies album promotion tour, which he did simultaneously with his Reba shows. The following year, however, he left Reba to join Faith full time, performing with her and Tim for the record settling Soul2Soul II tour, which lasted two years and became the largest selling country music tour in history. This tour would prove to be the crown jewel in what would amount to over 33 years of live touring covering three continents.12 years after his first masters, and with lots of success stories under his belt, Jimmy reunited with his friends Terry and Kim to form Black River Music Group. While there, he oversaw the signings of newcomer Sarah Darling and Due West, as well as reuniting with Jeff Bates, who’s first two albums with RCA he recorded on. His tenure at Black River lasted 4 years, and helped the startup label gain a foot hold in the highly competitive Nashville recording community. It was while at B.R. that Jimmy realized his true passion was in artist development, which led to his current position at Vision. While he continues to record for artists like Shakira to Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery, His performances have been heard in several movies and well. his vast history in various aspects of the music business, along with his tireless work ethic, will no doubt provide him with the tools necessary to bring this next phase of his career to soaring heights.Jimmy lives in Nashville with his business partner and wife of 23 years, Tonya, and their weiner dogs, Wladimir, Nico and Poco!!