Joe Nichols was born and raised in
Through a meeting with record producer Randy Edwards, Nichols began to work on his singing and songwriting skills. At age twenty, he was signed to his first record deal, with an independent label known as Intersound Records. There, Nichols released his first album, 1996's Joe Nichols. Despite the minor success of its lead-off single "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other" (which reached #74 on the RPM country charts in
In 1999, Nichols met Brent Rowan, a
By then a platinum-certified album in the
Nichols spent most of 2004 on tour with Alan Jackson. In the middle of the year, he issued his second album for Universal South. Entitled Revelation, it produced the Top Ten hits "If Nobody Believed in You" and "What's a Guy Gotta Do". Later that same year, he also issued an album of Christmas music, entitled A Traditional Christmas. Four of the tracks from this album received enough airplay to enter the country charts.
III was the title of Nichols's third album for Universal South. Its lead-off single, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", became his second Billboard Number One hit; both the single and the album received gold certifications from the RIAA. III also produced the Top Ten hits "Size Matters (Someday)" and "I'll Wait for You". Also in 2005, Anna Nicole Smith met Nichols at the Grand Ole Opry and she became a fan. After Smith's death, he performed two songs ("Wings of a Dove" and "I'll Wait for You") at her funeral service. Nichols also joined Toby Keith on tours in both 2005 and 2006.
Real Things is the title of Nichols's fourth Universal South album, released in mid-2007. Its lead-off single, "Another Side of You", reached Top 20 on the country music charts, as did the follow-up, "It Ain't No Crime". Also included on this album was the song "Let's Get Drunk and Fight", which Canadian singer Aaron Lines released as a single in 2008.