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David Nail

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.[1] While there, he recorded a self-titled debut album, which was produced by Keith Stegall and John Kelton.[2] 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.[3] Advance copies of the album were sent to radio stations, but it was not commercially released.[4]

I'm About to Come Alive (2007 2010)

Nail signed to MCA Nashville, also a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, in April 2007.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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,[7] reaching a peak at number 20

The Sound of a Million Dreams (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.[8] 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".[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

He attended Arkansas State University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.[12]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
I'm About to Come Alive
  • Release date: August 18, 2009
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
19 71
The Sound of a Million Dreams
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
8 50

Extended plays

Title Album details
  • Release date: July 17, 2012
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: Extended play


Year Single Peak chart
(sales threshold)
US Country 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
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
" " denotes releases that did not chart
  • A"Turning Home" peaked at number 17 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.[13]

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "I'm About to Come Alive"[14] Roman White
2009 "Red Light"[15]
"Red Light" (acoustic version)[16] Matt Pfingsten
2010 "Turning Home"[17] Stephen Shepherd
2011 "Let It Rain"[18] Stephen Shepherd/David Nail
2012 "The Sound of a Million Dreams" (acoustic version)[19] Stephen Shepherd
"Half Mile Hill"[20]
"The Sound of a Million Dreams"[21]
"Someone like You"[22]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2010 Academy of Country Music Single Record of the Year "Red Light"
2011 Grammy Awards Male Country Vocal Performance "Turning Home"


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