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  • Destinations (produced by Chris Rodriguez, featuring Jeff Lorber, and Bill Champlin)
  • Take Me With You (produced by Zac Maloy, featuring Leigh Nash, Jeff Lorber, and Andy Caldwell)
  • Sophistication (produced by Jeff Lorber, mixed by Paul Brown, featuring Chris Botti)
  • In The Fullness of Time (featuring Bill Champlin)
  • Mysterious Intentions
  • Between You And Me

Other Projects

  • Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards Collection
  • Muppets from Outer Space Soundtrack
  • Livin’ The Life Specialty CD for Beautiful Brands International (Camille’s Cafe’)
  • Sounds of Sophistication CD for Renaissance Hotels North America and Canada

Recognition and Awards

  • Awarded Key To The City , Tupelo, MS
  • Awarded Key To The City , Hot Springs, AR
  • Legacy Tribute Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Charlie Christian Jazz Music Award for Outstanding Achievements In Jazz (2005)
  • Outstanding Achievement and Contributions in Music / Smooth Jazz and More’s Top 10 CD’s of 2005 Honorable Mention (Sophistication)
  • Best Musician Award / The Best of The Best 2008 / Oklahoma Magazine
  • Absolute Best of Tulsa Award / Jazz Musician / Urban Tulsa 2008

On Television

  • Dr. Robert Schuller’s “Hour Of Power” (two appearances)
  • Interview with BET On Jazz’s “Jazz Scene”
  • BET’s “Sunday Night Live” house band member
  • Presenter and performer at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards
  • Music featured on public service announcements for Coca-Cola
  • Three Primetime Television Concert Specials
  • Numerous local and regional talk shows

Opened For

  • Luciano Pavarotti
    (Grady was the only artist that opened for Pavarotti on his North American farewell tour)
  • Ray Charles
  • Peter Cetera
  • Jay Leno
  • The Temptations
  • David Benoit
  • Paul Taylor
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • Huey Lewis and the News
  • The O’Jays
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Ellis Marsalis
  • Keiko Matsui
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • William Shatner
  • Leonard Nimoy, and others

Performed With

  • Chris Botti
  • Leigh Nash
  • Jeff Lorber
  • Bill Champlin
  • The Beach Boys
  • Wayman Tisdale
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Bob James
  • Paul Brown
  • Marion Meadows
  • Roy Clark
  • and others


Noteworthy Performances

  • Newport Beach Jazz Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
  • KSBR 25th All Star Birthday Bash (Mission Viejo, CA)
  • Greenwood Jazz Festival Headliner (Tulsa, OK)
  • World Pulse Festival (South Bend, IN)
  • Jaycess 10 Outstanding Young Americans Awards Show (Anaheim, CA)
  • Caravan of Dreams (Ft. Worth, TX)
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines Smooth Jazz Cruise (featured artist with Patti Austin, Jonathan Butler, Craig Chaquico and Warren Hill)
  • Riverfest (Wichita, KS)
  • Jazz in the Woods (Overland Park, KS)
  • Sambucca Jazz Cafes (Dallas, TX, Houston, TX)
  • Jazz In June -Headliner (Norman, OK )
  • Grapefest – (Grapevine, TX)
  • KOAS Lake Las Vegas Concert Series – (Henderson, NV)
  • Charlie Christian Jazz Festival – (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Cathedral City Town Square Fountainworks – (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Fourth of Jul-Ivar’s Festival – (Seattle, WA)
  • Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar – (San Diego, CA)
  • Shows for radio stations in: Baltimore, MD / Bakersfield, CA / Memphis, TN / St. Louis, MO / Reno, NV


  • Created “Grady Nichols Presents…” a star-studded event in Tulsa featuring acts from all genres of music. Past shows featured country music legend Roy Clark and raised over $10,000 for charity. Another show featured The Beach Boys and raised $50,000 for the United Way.
  • Fundraising performances for Make-A-Wish Foundation and other charities
  • Habitat For Humanity Fundraiser in Findlay, Ohio
  • Annual fundraiser for Arkansas Chapter Lupus Foundation in Hot Springs
  • Annual fundraiser for the American Red Cross / Tupelo, MS
  • Multiple appearances in support of public school music programs.


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