Interview: David Nail's Brand Of Country Soul

GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter reflects on the classic artists who have inspired him
  • David Nail
April 02, 2013 -- 4:53 pm PDT

GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter David Nail recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to participate in an exclusive interview. Nail discussed his expectations for upcoming projects, his first career GRAMMY nomination and the artists who have inspired him, among other topics.

"I was in junior high [when] I found out that other kids weren't listening to Elton John, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations, and [artists] like that," said Nail. "I think anytime you ride in a car with your parents or spend enough time around something, subconsciously, that's all going to be a part of what you do. I'm still trying to sing as high as those Temptation guys and Ray Charles."

Born and raised in Kennett, Mo., Nail's voice has been compared to the likes of Glen Campbell, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder. In 2009 Nail released I'm About To Come Alive, his first studio album with MCA Nashville. The album cracked the top 20 on Billboard's Country Albums chart on the strength of the country hit "Turning Home," which received a 53rd GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, marking Nail's first career GRAMMY nod. Co-produced by GRAMMY winner Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell, Nail's sophomore album, 2011's The Sound Of A Million Dreams, peaked at No. 8 on the Country Albums chart. The album features "Songs For Sale," a duet with GRAMMY winner Lee Ann Womack, as well as tracks co-written by Nail, Brad Paisley, Jonathan Singleton, and Keith Urban, among others, including the No. 1 Country Singles hit "Let It Rain" with Sarah Buxton.

In 2012 Nail released the 1979 EP, titled after the year he was born, featuring a cover of Adele's GRAMMY-winning "Someone Like You." Nail is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through September.

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