Nick Granato Biography
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Armed with songs that wield an point-blank attitude; award winning and Grammy nominated Singer/Songwriter Nick Granato delivers them with a passion and authority that can only be accomplished with a life of experience. The message is urgent, the music is uncompromising, and it’s hard not to take notice. Nick’s goal is to use his music to help change the way people think, and in turn cause cultural evolution. Nick has said “If I could make one person stop and think about what they’re doing and how it affects everyone around them, then I’ve done my job”. Lyrically his music is honest and straightforward, mincing words is not an option. Musically his style is all his own. Acoustic Folk/Rock is what the market is calling it, but you can hear his musical influences fused throughout each song. Gospel, Country, Pop, Folk, Rock … it’s all there like the threads of a finely woven fabric.
Nick always knew that music would be his life’s passion. At the age of 7, he started writing songs and playing the guitar. Over the years he has had over 250+ songs recorded, and some 38+ charting singles, producing numerous awards, honors and nominations. His songs have been covered by some highly notable names in various music genres like Randy Travis, Pamela Stanley, Bette Midler, Stella Parton, Heirline, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton, to name a few. His music has also been utilized by organizations like; the U.S. Olympic Committee, United Way, Ocean’s First, The Audubon Society, the Florida Department Of Tourism, Children's Outreach International, The Sea Watch Foundation and Hospice International.
As an entertainer, Nick has performed in many noted (and not so noted) venues; The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville TN), Bottomline (NY NY), Playboy Club/Americana (Great Gorge NJ), Blue Bird Café (Nashville TN), Ryman Auditorium (Nashville TN), Walt Disney World (Orlando FL), Margaritaville (Key West, FL), Summer House (Ft Walton Beach FL), Hogsbreath (Key West & Emerald Coast FL), BayWinds Club (Nassau Bahamas), ElboRoom (Ft Lauderdale FL) Atlantis Resort(Paradise Island, Bahamas), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge TN), the Norwegian Cruise Lines (the Dawn & the Sun), Seminole Casino (Coconut Creek, FL), Seminole Hard Rock Casino (Hollywood, FL), and many others. You can find his talents as a professional background vocalist on many projects between 1982 and 1988. In 1989 Nick recorded and released an Inspirational CD on the Spiritwind Label; the CD produced 2 top 10 charting singles and several award nominations.
As a music business professional, Nick Granato sat as Director of Publishing for the Chestnut Mound Music Group, one of the world’s largest and prolific Christian music catalogs. Nick also served as VP/Senior A&R Director of Gateway Entertainment, as well as Director of Publishing at CAL IV Christian. After his departure from CAL IV Christian in 2000, Nick focused on his songwriting until 2002 when he decided to pursue the performing side of his artistry, hit the road, and expanded his own music publishing company, Song Harbor Music/BMI, into a full independent music publishing and record label, Song Harbor Inc. The first CD release in 2004 “Sun Dance” on the Song Harbor label was a commercial and critical success, garnering Nick a Grammy nomination and command performances for then Governor & Mrs. Jeb Bush of Florida. Nick’s ‘Florida Style’ music caused his performance schedule to triple and subsequently was voted one of South Florida’s top entertainers. In 2005, Nick was also honored with the “Horizon Award” by the readership of The SongFolk Journal and his song “Florida's Son” was nominated for “Song of the Year”. The planned fall 2005 release of his sophomore CD “Plastic Pink Flamingos” was delayed because of the violent 2005 Hurricane season, and was eventually released in early January 2006. Nick’s fan-base embraced the CD, sales snowballed, and the grass-root efforts continued to broaden his popularity.
In mid 2006, work began on a new CD project. Seeing the injustices and the need for social change in our culture, Nick decided to redefine his music and message. Complete with a new sound, and a new attitude, the new Nick Granato CD “Outside the Lines” was released in mid-February 2007 to rave reviews. It appears that 2007 may be a hallmark year for Nick Granato!
What will you find when you listen? Besides being entertained… Maybe yourself!
“Don’t you think it’s time we all should grow, no more stones…”
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Excellent artist/songwriter | Reviewer: T. Goetz | 5/25/2005
Had the opportunity to see Nick Granato perform on Norwegian Dawn, excellent all round. His style is unique as is his music. We'll all hear alot more about Nick in the future!
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relaxing, provoking, inspiring... so cool! | Reviewer: Gail Connors | 5/25/2005
My husband & I recently discovered Nick Granato while on vacation in Florida, we were quite impressed so we purchased his CD "Sun Dance", now we listen to it all the time, we just love it! So get yourself one, put it in, hit play and sit back and escape - as I said "so cool"!
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