In song and through his photographic vision, Graham Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and enduring works of art for more than four decades. One of contemporary music's most legendary singer-songwriters, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer.
Nash was born in Blackpool, England, and raised in Salford, near Manchester (in 2010, he was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth). He first rose to fame as cofounder of British Invasion chart-toppers The Hollies, whose Nash-penned classics include "On a Carousel" and "Carrie Anne." In 1968, Nash went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. Among the timeless songs he's composed for CSN (and CSN&Y, also featuring Neil Young), with whom he still tours and records, are "Teach Your Children," "Our House," and "Marrakesh Express." Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, with The Hollies and CSN/CSN&Y, and is also in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
As a solo artist, Nash's repertoire reaches back to 1971's Songs for Beginners, which introduced classics including "Chicago" and "Military Madness." It is bookended by 2002's Songs for Survivors, an equally eloquent expression of his lyrical art. Nash also has a recurrent collaboration as a duo with David Crosby. Their first LP, 1972's Crosby & Nash, is regarded as one of the best side projects to emanate from the entire CSN&Y sphere. Their most recent, the 2-CD set Crosby-Nash, was released in 2004. In 2011, Nash and Crosby launched a new label, Blue Castle Records, with the first digital and vinyl editions of their 1971 live recording Another Stoney Evening. The 2009 3-CD box Reflections, collects 64 tracks, many rare and previously unreleased, spanning all facets of Nash's musical life.
With his photography, Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology's Arts & Technology Medal and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the Hollywood Film Festival's inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash. In 1990, Nash's passion for photography led him to establish Nash Editions (with Mac Holbert), now one of the world's top fine art photographic printmaking houses. It was recognized in 2005 by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing.
As ever, Nash's passionate voice also continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy concerts he organized with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, and John Hall in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 1982 he played at the Peace Sunday concert in Pasadena, which drew 100,000+ people for the Southern California portion of the largest peace and disarmament march in U.S. history. More recently, he participated in the 2004 Vote for Change tour, CSN&Y's bio-diesel-powered 2006 Freedom of Speech tour, and tours with CSN in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2011, he was part of the line-up for an all-star concert benefiting the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding in Tucson, Arizona.