Chester Nichols' Biography

Inspired by artists and songwriters like Bob Dylan, Lowell George, Chopin, Linda Ronstadt, George Harrison, John Denver, The Beatles, Tim Buckley, Don Henley, The Byrds, Mozart, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Reed, Eric Clapton, Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkle, Gordan Lightfoot, Little Feat, BB King, Muddy Waters, Adele, The Rolling Stones, CSNY, Eagles, Howling Wolf, Donovan, Laura Allen, Judy Collins, the Eagles, The Jefferson Airplane, Poco, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & many, many others, Chet has become an highly respected singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, sound designer and producer. Classically trained at a very early age on piano, cello and vocals, he has had a very extraordinary music career.

Chet is honored to have been inducted into The Kansas Music Hall of Fame with Pat Metheny, Martina McBride, Melissa Etheridge, and others. He is a "songwriter's songwriter", whose uncanny skill of creating and combing vivid, poetic lyrics and unique music tracks will treat you to a totally engaging sonic journey.


Chet Nichols is an award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, producer, recordist and multi-instrumentalist from the United States. He has toured extensively all over the USA and has lived in numerous cites including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boulder, CO, Lawrence, KS, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and more. He has written over 2,500 songs/compositions and has produced 50+ CDs & singles of original, singer-songwriter, instrumental and sound design material.

Chet is in high demand to create, compose and produce for TV and film soundtracks, as well as placing songs with other artists.

Chet is also a published author and novel having penned two novels, "The Last Riders On Route 66" and "The Children Of Pentecost" and two books of poetry. He has also written numerous film and TV scripts and TV pilots.

His creative skills have also crossed over to work as an actor in front of the camera in commercials, feature films and television shows. He co-starred in "Payback", "Just Visiting", "The Lake House", "Good Burger" and others. He also co-starred in the television shows: "Home Improvement", "The Untouchables", "Unsolved Mysteries", "Early Edition", "Caroline In The City" and others. He has also starred in numerous plays across the USA including shows mounted at The Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City, The Attic Theater in LA, to name a few.

He has also had a successful career in film, TV commercial film production as a creative director and producer in the major global ad agencies. Moreover, he has won numerous Clios, Gold Medals at the New York Film Production and Dallas Film Production Award Festivals, Webbys (for his web production work) and has managed numerous film production, special-effects companies, animation, music video, 3D production companies in LA, NY, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, Germany and Tokyo.

Chet Nichols is a long-time, award-winning, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, instrumental composer, producer, arranger and recording artist. Chet is also an award-winning creative director, media producer, designer and novelist. He makes a great hand-made margarita, bowl of buttered popcorn and award-winning chili.

When Chet began this new website, he wanted to create a unique web experience for his visitors. First, he wanted current music, news, reviews and insights available to the people visiting the site. At the same time, he wanted the site to be like a historical scrapbook with old pictures, stories and information. So, as the site progresses, more and more historical data, music, pictures and stories will be added to make this site more and more like a scrapbook. So, as the site grows and grows it will become vast and deep.

So, to those who are discovering Chet for the first time, we are happy to introduce people to him. He is a long-time ASCAP publisher, songwriter, composer and owner of Magic Garage Productions, Magic Garage Music and Magic Garage Records.

Chet has a very unique story....BUT.....then, again, he is a lot like singer-songwriters and composers world-wide (past-present-and-future), who are inspired by the world enough to create music, songs, stories, films, photographs of what they see and feel and share their inspirations with others. So, this site is not so much just about Chet, as it is about people around the world who are also artists "like" Chet. Also, this site is a conduit for Chet to share music and creative ideas.

Chet has produced almost 50 original music albums of singer-songwriter music in the jazz, folk, country, rock, blues, world, pop and acoustic musical genres. As an instrumental composer, he has produce several award-winning albums in the New Age, World, Jazz, Neo-Classical and Easy-Listening genres.

Chet is also a long-time award-winning film, video, special-effects and animation designer, creative director and executive producer. He has numerous nominations and has been awarded numerous Clios, Addys, Gold Medals at the New York International Film Festival, Houston Film Festival, USA Commercial Film Festival and other award events.

Chet is a vested and long-time Board Member on the SAG/AFTRA Global Nomination Committee for the SAG/AFTRA Awards for excellence in film, video, television, documentaries, and independent film creation, acting performances, production and creative conceptualization.

That said, we invite you to find a comfortable chair and sit back and enjoy Chet's great passion ...  writing, producing and performing great lyrics and music.

Select some high-quality head-phones and get ready to enjoy an interesting musical and sonic journey. Check out the ALBUM section of this site, where you can scroll through Chet's catalogue.

So, we hope you enjoy your visit and that you come back often to listen to more new music.

Thanks for stopping by.


Chet has an international following and has toured extensively and performed at coffee houses, listening clubs, large concert venues, major concert tours and college concert tours across the USA and Canada, as a featured performing artist and as an "opening act" for artists and bands., including:




The Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra

George Carlin

B.B. King

Linda Ronstadt

The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia

Phil Lesh

Bob Weir

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan

Mickey Hart

Bill Kreutzmann

Ed Black (Linda Ronstadt)

Mike Bowden (Linda Ronstadt)

Mickie McGee (Linda Ronstadt)

Richard “Balloon” Bowden (Linda Ronstadt)

John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt)

Diane Davidson (Linda Ronstadt)

Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones)

Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell)

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jethro Tull

Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)

Ian Anderson

John Denver

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

The Jefferson Airplane

Grace Slick

Jack Casady

Jorma Kaukonen

Spencer Dryden

Marty Balin

Paul Kantner

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

John McEuen

Jeff Hanna

Jimmie Fadden

Jimmy Ibbotson


Jimmy Messina (Poco, Loggins & Messina)

Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, Eagles)

Rusty Young (Poco)

Paul Cotton (Poco)

Richie Furay (Poco, Buffalo Springfield))

John Lee Hooker

Steve Martin

Hot Tuna

Jack Casady

Jorma Kaukonen

Papa John Creach

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Dan Hicks

Maryanne Price

Sid Page

Naomi Ruth Eisenberg

Bob Scott

Jamie Leopold

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

John Dillion (Daredevils)

Randy Chowning (Daredevils)

Steve Cash (Daredevils)

Larry Lee (Daredevils)

Mike “Supe” Grande (Daredevils)

Buddy Brayfield (Daredevils)

The Guess Who

Burton Cummings

Randy Bachman

Garry Peterson

Kurt Winter

It’s A Beautiful Day

David LaFlemme

Linda LaFlemme

Patti Santos

Fred Weber

Mitchell Holman

Hal Wagenet

Pacific Gas & Electric

Jimmie Spheeris

Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen

Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) 

The Charlie Daniels Band

Country Joe McDonald & The Fish

The Grassroots

Creed Bratton

Rob Grill

P.F. Sloan

Steve Barri

Mason Profit

The Persuasions

Blue Oyster Cult 

Big Brother & The Holding Company & Janis Joplin

John Kahn

Mark Naftalin

Leonard Nimoy

Bolo Sette

Southern Comfort

Ian & Sylvia

Humble Pie

Modern Folk Quartet

Richard Pryor

KC Grits

Larry Knight

Ewing Street Times

Steve Goodman

John Prine

Biff Rose

The Mary Clayton Band

Bill Spears

Ted Anderson

Danny Cox

Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah

Brewer & Shipley

The Chad Mitchell Trio …. and many more.



Stephen Barncard (David Crosby)

Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones)

Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell)

Nick Gravenities (Big Brother, Paul Butterfield)

Zakir Hussain (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)

Dave Garabaldi (Tower of Power)

Pete Sears (The Jefferson Airplane)

John Kahn (Jerry Garcia, Mike Bloomfield)\

Sal Marquez (The "New" Tonight Show Band)

The New Riders Of The Purple Sage

Jack Shroer (Van Morrison)

Don Preston (Wings)

Steve Sperry (Flame)

Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah

Dick Mark, Sr. (Dick Marx & Associates)

Brewer & Shipley, “Archive Live” Album

Bill Bradley (Universal)… and many others






One of Chet's Rolling Stone ads. Nice itinerary.




I Have A Dream (Single)

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The world we live in today is so splintered and unfocused. It would take a great mind to absorb and understand all that is happening these days. So many distractions and so much division...and I see so many people who WANT to have dreams or DO have them, but trying to find a mindset and support to do these things, is difficult. So, I feel we all

The world we live in today is so splintered and unfocused. It would take a great mind to absorb and understand all that is happening these days. So many distractions and so much division...and I see so many people who WANT to have dreams or DO have them, but trying to find a mindset and support to do these things, is difficult. So, I feel we all need a little help from other and that is what this song is about. (Based on a dream I had of walking of the ocean's shoreline).

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