David Brent Nail (born May 18, 1979) is an American country music artist, and frontman of the band David Nail & The Well Ravens. 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 four studio albums: I'm About to Come Alive, The Sound of a Million Dreams, I'm a Fire, and Fighter plus two extended plays, 1979 and Uncovered. The 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 being interviewed in April 2010.
|Birth name||David Brent Nail|
|Born||May 18, 1979|
|Origin||Kennett, Missouri, U.S.|
David Nail's first recording contract was with Mercury Records Nashville, a division of Universal Music Group Nashville. 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. He also sang backing vocals on the track "But I Can't Let You Go" on then-labelmate Meredith Edwards' 2001 album Reach.
Nail signed to MCA Records Nashville, also a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, in April 2007. His debut album for the label, 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", originally recorded by 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.
In February 2011, Nail released his fifth single, "Let It Rain", which featured Sarah Buxton on guest vocals. 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. 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.
A new single, "Whatever She's Got", was released to country radio on May 28, 2013. It served as the lead-off single to his third studio album, I'm a Fire, which was released on March 4, 2014. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in February 2014. The second single from the album was announced to be "Kiss You Tonight", co-written by David Cook, an American Idol winner.
On July 20, 2015 David Nail released a new single entitled "Night's on Fire." The song peaked at #14 on Country Airplay in July 2016, and served as the lead-off single to his fourth studio album Fighter.
In May 2016 he released an EP of covers titled 'Uncovered'. It included 'In The Ghetto', 'Can't Feel My Face', Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight' and Adele's 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)'.
In September 2016, the album's second single, "Good at Tonight" featuring Brothers Osborne, was released to country radio. It failed to reach the Top 50 of the country charts and it was announced in early 2017 that David Nail had parted ways with MCA Nashville after 10 years with the label.
In July 2018, Nail announced a new project as the frontman of the band David Nail & The Well Ravens. The band's first album titled Only This And Nothing More, will be independently released on September 14, 2018.
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. On December 12, 2015, Nail and Werne welcomed twins, son Lawson Brent Nail and daughter Lillian Catherine Nail. Nail 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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|I'm About to Come Alive||19||71|
|The Sound of a Million Dreams||
|I'm a Fire||
|Only This and Nothing More||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|US Country Airplay||US
|2002||"Memphis"||52||—||—||—||—||David Nail (unreleased)|
|2008||"I'm About to Come Alive"||47||—||—||—||—||I'm About to Come Alive|
|2011||"Let It Rain" (featuring Sarah Buxton)||1||—||51||—||—||
||The Sound of a Million Dreams|
|2012||"The Sound of a Million Dreams"||38||—||—||—||—|
|2013||"Whatever She's Got"||2||1||35||4||34||
||I'm a Fire|
|2014||"Kiss You Tonight"||25||17||—B||—||—|
|2015||"Night's on Fire"||17||14||81||32||—||Fighter|
|2016||"Good at Tonight"
(featuring Brothers Osborne)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|US Country Airplay|
|2012||"Someone like You"||52||49||1979|
|2015||"Broke My Heart"||46||—||I'm a Fire|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2008||"I'm About to Come Alive"||Roman White|
|"Red Light" (acoustic version)||Matt Pfingsten|
|2010||"Turning Home"||Stephen Shepherd|
|2011||"Let It Rain"||Stephen Shepherd/David Nail|
|2012||"The Sound of a Million Dreams" (acoustic version)||Stephen Shepherd|
|"Half Mile Hill"|
|"The Sound of a Million Dreams"|
|"Someone like You"|
|2013||"Whatever She's Got"||Chris Hicky|
|2014||"Kiss You Tonight"|
|2015||"Night's on Fire"||Justin Key|
|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|