Gary Harrison

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Gary Harrison
Origin Memphis, Tennessee[1]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active 1970s–present

Gary Harrison is an American songwriter.


Harrison began his career in the 1970s and has written over 300 major-label recorded songs including several number-one hits.[2] His songwriting credits include ; "Hey Cinderella" (recorded by Suzy Bogguss); "I Hate Everything" a number-one recording by George Strait); "I Just Wanted You to Know" (recorded by Mark Chesnutt); "I Thought It Was You" (recorded by Doug Stone); "Lying in Love with You" (recorded by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius); "Strawberry Wine" (with Matraca Berg, recorded by Deana Carter); "Wild Angels" (with Matraca Berg; recorded by Martina McBride); "Wrong Side of Memphis" (with Matraca Berg, recorded by Trisha Yearwood), and "That Train Don't Run" (recorded by Pinmonkey).[3][4][5] Other artists who have recorded his work include Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Easton Corbin, Patty Loveless, Keith Whitley, John Michael Montgomery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charley Pride, Anne Murray, Mindy McCready, Diamond Rio, Sammy Kershaw, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Milsap, Highway 101, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Lee, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Bob Welch, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Matraca Berg, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Brenda Lee, BJ Thomas, Alabama, Michelle Wright, Loverboy, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Lonestar, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Michael Martin Murphy, Marty Balin, Cindy Alexander, Kim Carnes, Keith Stegall, Shawn Camp, Lee Greenwood, Russ Taff, George Canyon, The Kendalls, Chris Ledoux, Sylvia, Mickey Gilley, Eddy Raven, John Conlee, Bryan White, Blaine Larson, Tammy Cochran, John Berry, Rick Trevino, Marie Osmond, Eric Heatherly, Pirates of the Mississippi, Chely Wright, and Robin Lee.[3][4]

Among the awards he has received are the Country Music Association Song of the Year award (for "Strawberry Wine"), several Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter Achievement Awards, and 16 BMI awards.[6][7] In 1997 he received the CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARD for having three number 1 records within a twelve-month period. He was nominated for Grammy Awards for "Strawberry Wine" and "A Face in the Crowd".[2]

Harrison worked for Mercury Records Nashville as senior director of A&R from 1994 to 2002, when he became a partner in Bigger Picture Music Group, a music publishing and production company.[2][6]


  1. ^ Simons, David (July 1995). "Right Side of Memphis: Gary Harrison Stays True to His Words". New Country. 2 (7): 22–23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Award-Winning Songwriter Gary Harrison Signs Global Long-Term Deal With Famous Music". December 1, 2004. 
  3. ^ a b "Tammy Cochran and Gary Harrison, April 22, 2010". Commercial Appeal. Memphis, Tennessee. 
  4. ^ a b "Songwriter Session: Gary Harrison, August 30, 2008". Zvents. Nashville, Tennessee. 
  5. ^ ""I Hate Everything" Named #1 Hit". Broadcast Music, Inc. January 24, 2005. 
  6. ^ a b Doak Turner (2003). "Interview With Mary McElroy Smith of the Nashville Song Search Contest Contest to Raise Funds for Crisis Center". 
  7. ^ "NSAI Songwriter Achievement Awards - 1996". Nashville Songwriters Association International. 

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