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David Nail

David Nail
David Nail being interviewed in April 2010.
Background information
Birth name David Brent Nail
Born (1979-05-18) May 18, 1979 (age 35)[1]
Origin Kennett, Missouri, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Years active 2002–present
Labels Mercury Nashville
MCA Nashville
Associated acts Kenny Chesney

David Brent Nail (born May 18, 1979) is an American country music artist. In 2002, he debuted the single "Memphis" from an unreleased album for Mercury Records Nashville. Five years later, he signed with MCA Nashville - which, like Mercury, is under the ownership of Universal Music Group Nashville - and in August 2009 released the album I'm About to Come Alive. It produced three singles: the title track, "Red Light", and "Turning Home"; the latter two reached Top 20. His second studio album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, was released in November 2011; "Let It Rain" hit No. 1 in January 2012.

Musical career

David Nail's first recording contract was with Mercury Nashville Records in 2002.[2] While there, he recorded a self-titled debut album, which was produced by Keith Stegall and John Kelton.[3] The lead-off single, "Memphis", reached number 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Deborah Evans Price gave the song a mostly-positive review, calling it a "solid performance" but saying that she considered its storyline implausible.[4] Advance copies of the album were sent to radio stations, but it was not commercially released.[5]

I'm About to Come Alive (2007–2010)

Nail signed to MCA Nashville, also a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, in April 2007.[5] I'm About to Come Alive was produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, the same producers who work with Miranda Lambert. The album includes a duet with Lambert, co-writes with Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts' lead singer Gary LeVox, and five songs that Nail co-wrote.[6]

The first single was "I'm About to Come Alive", a cover version of a song previously recorded by the alternative rock band Train on their 2003 album My Private Nation.[7] Nail's version peaked at number 47 on the country chart. The second single, "Red Light," entered Top 40 in May 2009 and peaked at number 7. "Turning Home", which Chesney co-wrote with Scooter Carusoe, was the album's third single,[8] reaching a peak at number 20

The Sound of a Million Dreams and I'm a Fire (2011-present)

In February 2011, Nail released his fifth single, "Let It Rain". It served as the lead-off single to his second studio album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, which was released on November 15, 2011.[9] In January 2012, "Let It Rain" became Nail's first No. 1 hit. The title track was released as the album's second and final single, and reached a peak of number 38 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Nail released a three-track digital EP titled 1979 on July 17, 2012. The EP includes a cover of Adele's "Someone like You".[10]

A new single, "Whatever She's Got," was released to country radio on May 28, 2013. It will serve as the lead-off single to his third studio album, I'm a Fire, which will be released in 2014.[11]

Personal life

David Nail was born and grew up in Kennett, Missouri where his father was a high school band Director. He married longtime girlfriend Catherine Werne on June 6, 2009 in Franklin, Tennessee.[12]

He participated in the 2010 Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, hitting a home run past the right-field fence in Angel Stadium.[13]

He attended Arkansas State University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.[14]

He is an avid fan of the MLB's St. Louis Cardinals, and sang "God Bless America" during Game 7 of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series game versus the Texas Rangers.

He sang the National Anthem at the Mizzou Tigers 2012 homecoming football game versus the University of Kentucky.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
I'm About to Come Alive 19 71
The Sound of a Million Dreams
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
8 50
I'm a Fire[15]
  • Release date: TBA, 2014
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download

Extended plays

Title Album details
  • Release date: July 17, 2012
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
US Country Airplay US
2002 "Memphis" 52 David Nail (unreleased)
2008 "I'm About to Come Alive" 47 I'm About to Come Alive
2009 "Red Light" 7 54
  • US: Gold
2010 "Turning Home"A 20 117
2011 "Let It Rain" (featuring Sarah Buxton) 1 51
  • US: Gold
The Sound of a Million Dreams
2012 "The Sound of a Million Dreams" 38
2013 "Whatever She's Got"B 16 22 74 I'm a Fire
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak chart
US Country
US Country Airplay
2012 "Someone like You" 52 49 1979

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "I'm About to Come Alive"[20] Roman White
2009 "Red Light"[21]
"Red Light" (acoustic version)[22] Matt Pfingsten
2010 "Turning Home"[23] Stephen Shepherd
2011 "Let It Rain"[24] Stephen Shepherd/David Nail
2012 "The Sound of a Million Dreams" (acoustic version)[25] Stephen Shepherd
"Half Mile Hill"[26]
"The Sound of a Million Dreams"[27]
"Someone like You"[28]
2013 "Whatever She's Got"[29] Chris Hicky

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2010 Academy of Country Music Single Record of the Year — "Red Light" Nominated
2011 Grammy Awards Male Country Vocal Performance — "Turning Home" Nominated
2013 Academy of Country Music Vocal Event of the Year — "Let It Rain" (with Sarah Buxton) Nominated


External links

  • Official Site
  • Official David Nail UMG Nashville Site

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