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David Nail
Origin Kennett, Missouri, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Mercury Nashville, MCA Nashville
Associated acts Train
Website Official Site

David Nail (born in Kennett, Missouri) is an American country music artist. In 2002, he debuted with the single "Memphis", a #52 on the Billboard country charts and the lead-off single to his unreleased, self-titled debut album. In 2007, he signed to MCA Nashville (which, like Mercury, is under the ownership of Universal Music Group Nashville), and released his second chart single, a cover of Train's "I'm About to Come Alive". It was followed in 2009 by "Red Light", his first Top 10 country hit. Both of these songs are on his debut album I'm About to Come Alive, released on August 18, 2009.


Musical career


David Nail (2002)

Nail's first recording contract was with Mercury Nashville Records in 2002.[1] While on the label, he recorded a self-titled debut album, which was produced by Keith Stegall and John Kelton.[2] The lead-off single, "Memphis", reached #52 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Although advance copies of the album were sent to radio stations, the album was not released,[3] and Stegall was fired from Mercury. After leaving Mercury himself, Nail took a break from the music business to help coach a baseball team.[2]

I'm About to Come Alive (2007–present)

Nail signed to MCA Nashville in April 2007.[3] His first release for the label, "I'm About to Come Alive" (a song previously recorded by the alternative rock band Train on its 2003 album My Private Nation), was released in early 2008 as his second single.[4] This song, which peaked at #47 on the country charts, was the first single and title track from his MCA album, which was originally scheduled to be released on August 26, 2008, but was pushed back to August 18, 2009. Its second single, "Red Light", entered Top 40 in May 2009 and became his first Top 10 hit in November 2009.

Nail's first MCA album was produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, the same producers who work for Miranda Lambert. The album includes a duet with Lambert, as well as co-writes with Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts' lead singer Gary LeVox, and five songs that Nail co-wrote.[5] "Turning Home," which Chesney co-wrote with Scooter Carusoe, is the album's third single. Chesney had originally planned to record this song himself.[6]


Studio albums

Year Album details Chart positions
US Country US
2009 I'm About to Come Alive 19 71


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
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 38
2010 "Turning Home"A 38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.

Music videos

Year Video Director[7]
2008 "I'm About to Come Alive" Roman White
2009 "Red Light"
"Red Light" (acoustic version) Matt Pfingsten
2010 "Turning Home" Stephen Shepherd

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2010 Academy of Country Music Single Record of the Year — "Red Light" Pending


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