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CMA award winning songwriter  Gary Harrison left his native Memphis in the early 70's to attend college with dreams of eventually finding a place in the Nashville music world.He had his first songs recorded in the latter  70's by some of the biggest stars of the day including Barbara Mandrell,Ronnie Milsap and Charley Pride.In 1978 he enjoyed his first number one single "Lying in Love With You" by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. He wrote this with his friend Dean Dillon and it was the first hit for both.
 
Over the years he has written hits for such artists as Trisha Yearwood,Martina Mcbride,George Strait and BJ Thomas .His songs have also been  recorded by Tim Mcgraw,Kenny Chesney,Kenny Rogers,Patty Loveless,Reba Mcentire ,Billy Ray Cyrus,Keith Whitley and many others.
 
He has sixteen BMI awards, 11 that have achieved BMI Million-Air status.In 1998 he received the CMA Triple Play Award given for having three number one singles in a twelve month period.He has twice been nominated for Grammys and in 1997 he and his longtime writing partner Matraca Berg won the CMA  song of the year award for "Strawberry Wine" recorded by Deana Carter.That year they also won the Nashville Songwriters Association International award for song of the year.He has now had hits in five different decades.
 
He also served as Director of A/R at Mercury Records Nashville for several years.

 

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