Performer Spotlight | David Nail
About The Artist
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, for which he has released three albums: I’m About to Come Alive, The Sound of a Million Dreams, and I’m a Fire, plus one extended play, 1979. His studio albums have produced seven chart entries on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including two that have reached No. 1: “Let It Rain” (featuring Sarah Buxton) and “Whatever She’s Got”, plus the top 10 hit “Red Light”.
David Nail’s first recording contract was with Mercury Nashville Records in 2002. While there, he recorded a self-titled debut album, which was produced by Keith Stegall and John Kelton. 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. Advance copies of the album were sent to radio stations, but it was not commercially released.
Nail signed to MCA Nashville, also a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, in April 2007. 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.
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. 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, reaching a peak of number 20.
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