This week on Gospel Music Showcase, Guy Penrod introduces husband and wife duo, Bill and Kim Nash. These two singer/songwriters have made quite a name for themselves; writing songs that have been recorded by several mainstream artists as well as recording a few songs themselves that have made the Billboard charts. While they have written and recorded for the secular world…their true passion has them taking a different path. Bill and Kim perform from their latest album that is sure to restore, inspire and uplift.
Bill and Kim Nash
Bill and Kim share the same last name, but that’s not all! This dynamic singer/songwriting duo had the same uncommon upbringing in the music industry. They share strikingly similar backgrounds of traveling and singing with their families: Bill, a part of “The Nash Family Trio”, who recorded 2 albums for Columbia Records and Kim, a part of “The Belknap Family” who toured the country heavily.
Before the two met, Bill started a solo career on Mercury Records. This was the start of a bright career which sparked various TV appearances and some notoriety on the Billboard charts. Bill became the first artist to record a song written by Kris Kristofferson. An exceptionally talented songwriter, Bill set his next steps toward creating songs that would be recorded by such well-known artists as Eddy Arnold.
1980 was a big year for Bill. He met Kim, an event he quoted “Happily brought an end to his solo career!”
A duo was formed and they have been making a name for themselves non-stop in the music industry. Songwriting, recording and touring, they found a way to keep it all in the family. They way it always has been.
In the nineties, Reba McEntire recorded a song that Kim and Bill penned which became a top five hit single entitled, “They Asked About You.” The song was included in McEntire’s “Greatest Hits Vol. II,” an album that went to #1 and has currently sold over six million copies.
In 2003 they formed the group Nash3. Keeping with their “Family Style” of music, they drafted their youngest son Jimmy to be a part of the group. With much success in their new endeavor, “In God We Still Trust” was written and recorded, and became #1 on the independent record charts. Country group Diamond Rio heard the song and picked it up for their album, “Greatest Hits II.” Nash3 was truly making a name in the industry.
The latest turn in the ever-moving careers of this talented family, Jimmy Nash has now embarked on a solo career. His move to LA and brilliant songwriting landed him a record deal on Cloverdale Music. While Jimmy pursues his solo career, Bill & Kim continue to write with him, while rekindling their love of being on the road once again as a duo.
Bill & Kim with their song, Jimmy, as Nash3:
*#1 Independent record 2004 “In God We Still Trust”
*Performed 2 years at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
*Have written theme song and album for the book, “90 Minutes In Heaven”, which to date has sold over 5 million copies
*Have written theme songs for organizations such as the Lions Club, Exchange Club & Homes for Our Troops
*Co-starred at Legends 4 Kids concert featuring Stars of the Grand Ole Opry
Bill & Kim as a duo:
*# 1 independent record 1992 “Up Where We Belong”
*Nominated by American Country Radio for Duo Of The Year – 1992
*Co-Wrote a top ten hit single for Reba McEntire in 1994, “They Asked About You”
*Performed as a duo for numerous Amway Conventions, Rainbow Corp, Nature’s Sunshine and countless others.
*Have written theme songs for companies such as Ford, Dodge, and Nature’s Sunshine
*The Louisiana Hayride w/Roy Acuff & Minnie Pearl – Live syndicated radio broadcast, KWKH, Shreveport, LA
*Recorded 2 albums for Columbia Records – both cited by Billboard Magazine for excellence, Pick of the Month
*Columbia’s Parade of Stars Show, live at the Grand Ole Opry w/Jimmy Dean, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and Lefty Frizzell
*Signed to Mercury/Smash Records by Jerry Kennedy, for solo country music career.
*First performer to record a Kris Kristofferson song – “For the Good Times”
*Opened shows for Gary Morris (“Wind Beneath My Wings”) and Le Roy Van Dyke
*Daystar Network (Bill, Kim, and Jimmy)
*Trinity Network (Bill, Kim, and Jimmy)
*The Eddy Arnold Show – NBC Network, Chicago, IL (Bill)
*Mike Douglas Show. Syndicated Network – Philadelphia, PA (Bill)
*Virginia Graham television show, Syndicated Network (Bill)
*Mama Cass Elliott television show, ABC Network – Hollywood (Bill)
*The Phil Everly Show – duet w/Kris Kristofferson, “For the Good Times” (Bill)
*Co-hosted Steve Allen television variety show – worked with Lucille Ball (Bill)
“Until Every One Comes Home” – Theme song for the USO written and performed by Nash3 and used for their national radio campaign
“You Can’t Say Love Enough” –Recorded by Dolly Parton, Wayne Newton, Larry Gatlin and 16 other stars for the Juvenile Diabetes Association
“In God We Still Trust” – Diamond Rio, Arista Nashville, Greatest Hits 2 (Bill & Kim)
“They Asked About You” – Reba McEntire, MCA Greatest Hits,VoL II (Bill & Kim)
“Hold Me ‘Til The Last Waltz Is Over” – Eddy Arnold, RCA (Bill)
“I Can’t Help It If You’re Always On My Mind” – Eddy Arnold, RCA (Bill)
“If I’m Over You – Highway 101 (Bill & Kim)
“Seven New Stars” – Written for fallen astronauts and performed on ABC, Ted Koppel Show (Bill & Kim)
• Heaven is Real (2010 – as Nash3)