David Nail has seen both the top of the country charts and some of the lowest lows the music business has to offer during the course of his career. In Introducing: David Nail, David will tell the story of his first, short-lived record deal upon moving to Nashville and his long journey to the top of the charts. The special premieres Thursday, December 12 at 8/7c on Great American Country.
“When you take a 21-year-old kid from a small town, flying him all over the country, staying in nice hotels, you think you’ve got it made and that the rest is history,” he said. “It was a rude awakening when reality hit.”
In the special, David’s parents, wife, producer and industry friends help tell his story. Growing up in Kennett, Missouri as the son of a band director, David spent most of his time in the band room and at the gym. After attending a Garth Brooks concert in junior high, David was hooked on music and asked his father to teach him guitar.
In the fall of 1999, David moved to Nashville and through a friendship with the daughter of a high profile record producer, landed a record contract with Mercury Records. “Everything happened so fast, I didn’t know what was going on,” he said. He lost his deal almost as quickly as he landed it.
Five years passed before David signed with MCA Records. His producer, Frank Liddell, remembers the first time he heard David perform in his office. “The hair stood up on the back of my neck and I don’t use that expression liberally,” he said.
With experience under his belt, David kept an open mind, especially when being pitched songs. “Red Light” was his first Top 10 hit. What has followed includes No. 1 hit, “Let It Rain,” his fastest-rising single, “Whatever She’s Got,” and the GRAMMY-nominated “Turning Home.”
“A lot of my 20s were a blur,” he said. “My 30s have been pretty good so far and I hope to kind of make up for some lost time and be a better friend, a better son and just keep living the dream because I don’t have a plan-B.”