5-Time Finalist in the 2019/2020/20212022 HMMA Awards Inductee: Kansas Music Hall Of Fame 2017 Top Finalist: "6-Pack Song Contest" "The Sands Of Time" #1-BJ:Earth 11/17 "I Was Dreaming" #1-BJ:Earth "If You See Kaye"-Best Song BJ-7/15 "I Know Who You Are"-Finalist/Toronto/Chicago IMSTA Best Song'15 "Tangled Up In You"-Best Instr. Song-June '13 "Waving Prairie"-Best Song April '12 "Jezebel"-Best Song Feb '12 "Electra"-Best Song Award August '11 "The Love I Want To Show"-Best Philosophical Song June '10 "Kilimanjaro Moondance"-Best Exercise Song Sept '09 "Spinning On The Time Loop"-Best Rock Song OCT '08 "Walking In Circles"-Best Lyrics June '08 "Waving Prairie"-Best Folk Song June '07 "Beijing Dawn" & "Serengeti Rain"-Best Songs: Music-Aide "The Last Riders On Rt 66" & "The Mother Road"-Grand Prize: Int'l Route 66 Song Contest. Chet was an "Opening Act" for: Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Hot Tuna, Poco, The Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, B.B. King, John Denver, The Dead and more.

Sounds Like: Don Henley, Tim & Jeff Buckley, CSNY, Little Feat, The Band, Donovan, Joni Mitchell

Latest News

2022-2023 Updates - VERY BUSY ye

Chet just released several new singles and numerous albums: 1 "Hollywood Altars" (a sonic bio of the perils and draws of Hollywood). 2. "Twilight Journals" 3. "Lumbering Mountain" (Solo-Americana) 4."The Ice Cream Man Review". 4 very different albums. Give them a listen and send your feedback. Visit: http://www.chetnichols.net

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Little Feat,Don Henley,BB King,The Eagles,Tim Buckley,Joni Mitchell, CSN&Y,Jeffrey Steele,The Band,Jimmy Reed,Dylan,Beatles,Stones,Kinks, Blake Shelton,Tim McGraw,The Byrds, Jeff Buckley,Lady Antebellum....

Chet Nichols Music Biography

Chet Nichols is an award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, recordist and instrumentalist.

Chet is an Inductee in The Kansas Music Hall Of Fame, joining Pat Matheny, Martina McBride, Kansas and others.

He has written hundreds of songs/compositions and has produced 30+ CDs of original material.

He recently pre-released, "Twilight Journals". In 2017, Chet released a new album, "Nazareth", in 2017 and "The Apocalypse" in 2016, which follows two, 2015, award-winning solo albums, "Bricks" and "Seeds". In 2015, Chet released the critically-acclaimed CD, "Beetles Are Coming", produced with Stephen Barncard. His songs, "Jezebel" and "If You See Kaye" won "The Best Song Contests" in July/June '15 at Broadjam". Chet has had hundreds of #1/Top 10 Internet hits. "I Know Who You Are" was the winner of the IMSA Global songwriting competition.

His CDs, "Beetles Are Coming", "Music From Trees", "I Was Dreaming", "Waving Prairie" & "Taxi To Tonganoxie" were selected inclusion on the Pandora playlists.

Chet released three new CDs in 2014, "I Was Dreaming", "Band In The Basement" and "Sunday Morning", which are follow-up CDs to his acclaimed CD, "Walking In Circles". The title tune won the Broadjam Lyric Writing Contest. His songs are blended with unique stories and folk, rock, jazz, blues and world music.

Chet's instrumental CDs, "Peak To Peak", "Red Mesa Sunset" and "Earthways" are New Age World Fusion and filled with award-winning songs. "Red Mesa Sunset" was selected as a Top Twelve CD by eMusic.com. "Earthways" was recently selected as a Top Twelve CD by eMusic.com.

"Serengeti Rain", was awarded a Top Award in the Music Aid Songwriting Composition. "Serengeti Rain" was featured at The LA Museum of Contemporary Art's Spring Event. "Beijing Dawn" was #1 on the American Idol Underground World Charts and was a finalist in the Music Aid Songwriting Composition.

Chet's song, "The Last Riders On Route 66", won the Grand Prize in the Route 66 Theme Song Contest. It was lauded as "the best new song about Route 66 since Bobby Troupe's 'Get Your Kicks On Route 66'. His song, "The Mother Road", won the Grand Prize in the Route 66 Theme Song Contest in 2012.

Chet is the author of the #1 classic blues songs "I Come From Chicago" and "I Am The Ice Cream Man".

Chet is also a published novelist. Currently, he has 2 novels, "The Last Riders On Route 66" and "The Children Of Pentecost" available as Kindle novels and available in hardbound and softbound formats.

Chet has toured extensively as an "Opening Act" for:

B.B. King
John Denver
The Jefferson Airplane
Jethro Tull
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Linda Ronstadt
Jimmy Messina
Timothy B. Schmidt
George Carlin
Steve Martin
POCO
Hot Tuna
Brewer & Shipley
Dan Hicks & The Hotlicks
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
It's A Beautiful Day
Pacific Gas & Electric
Jimmie Spheeris
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
Mary Travers
The Charlie Daniels Band
Country Joe McDonald
The Grassroots
Mason Proffit
The Persuasions
Blue Oyster Cult
The Grateful Dead
Big Brother & The Holding Company
Leonard Nimoy
James Taylor
Bollo Sette
Southern Comfort
John Lee Hooker
The Chad Mitchell Trio
Roger McGuinn
Ian & Sylvia
Humble Pie
Modern Folk Quartet
Richard Pryor
Danny Cox
Biff Rose
The Guess Who
Steve Goodman
The Mary Clayton Band
The Kansas City Philharmonic ... and more

Chet has worked in studios with..................
Bill Bradley (Madonna)
Stephen Barncard (David Crosby)
Henry Lewie (Joni Mitchell)
Zakir Hussan (Ravi Shankar)
Fuzzy John Oxendine (Sons of Champlain)
Laura Allen (Laura Allen)
Buddy Cage (New Riders Of The Purple Sage)
Spencer Dryden (The Jefferson Airplane)
Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones)
Dave Garabaldi (Tower of Power)
Pete Sears (The Jefferson Airplane)
Nick Gravenities (Big Brother)
The New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Jack Shoerer (Van Morrison)
Don Preston (Wings)
.....and more.

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Diane RIDAEUS
3 weeks ago to Chet Nichols

Hey there Chet, thanks for the stars on my tune, I've been a bit off the grid a bit as my lovely mom (100 yrs old) passed away this week - It hasn't really hit me yet, still feels she's around "somewhere". Anyways, I'm very appreciative of the ears, so big thanks! - diane

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Chet Nichols
3 weeks ago

Hey Diane, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I could never say "I know how you feel", as I don't. But I have a sensitivity to what you are going through. Lost my dad at 7, oldest brother when he was 45, next brother at 70 and my mom back in 1992. It is not easy, but I have great spiritual faith and know the transition is to.... Glory. Anyway, my prayers go out to you and your family. I wrote a wonderful song, "The Sands Of Time", about people passing it has a lot of hope embedded in it. Here is a link: https://chetnichols.net/single-the- sands-of-time.... I think it will comfort you. I hope so.

God bless and keep me posted how you are doing.

My Best,
Chester

Diane RIDAEUS
2 weeks ago

Thanks for that Chet, I did listen to "Sands of Time" - yes very hopeful lyrics, we need more of that on this crazy planet don't we? I also listened to a few other tracks and was equally impressed with them, you're not only a great musician and vocalist, but a great lyricist too. Things are going along. This period of time has given me a unique chance to reflect on lots of good things, many of which I wouldn't have even thought about - so there's always some good somewhere eh? Go well, and thanks again, Diane



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Diane RIDAEUS
over 30 days ago to Chet Nichols

Hey there Chet, Thanks for sending me to your page, I'm listening to your "Flying My Pyramid" and wowwowowowo absolutely love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your mix is so full and engaging!!!!!!!!!! Lots going on but it all sings together in one big happy voice! I'd be happy to get some of that into my
own mixes, so good to be inspired, it's like being shown brand new colours you've never seen before, big rainbows !!! that's for sure!!!!!!Big thanks!

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Chet Nichols
over 30 days ago

Hey Diane...thanks for the kind words. "Flying My Pyramid" was inspired by a dream I had of discovering a pyramid in the desert, got inside and found a way to fly it...

Check out "Ticking Stars"....it has BOWIE-like vibe to it. It is a great track....

And then, "Stairway To Peace" was inspired by a dream, too. Woke up and went in and laid the basic track down and it was done in 3 days. The next day, the Middle East broke out in war.... hmmmm.

Thanks, again....keep me posted...

Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols
3 weeks ago

Hey Diane.... I just released another new instrumental single that will be part of the "Flying My Pyramid" album. This new song is entitled, "Caravan To Orion"..... I think you will really like this track! Hope all is well... Best, Chet

Diane RIDAEUS
3 weeks ago

Sure do like it! Especially the change & lift at 1:26 and again at 6:06, really rich & wonderful! Sounds like your album is gonna be spectacular! Keep going!



Another solid one Chet! P. Instrumental



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