David Nail Stays Grounded As Career Grows

SLN Staff Writer • January 26, 2012 - 6:00 am

David Nail’s career is going nowhere but up – solidified with his recent first No. 1 single.

The 32-year-old hit the jackpot with the song “Let It Rain” from his sophomore album, The Sound of a Million Dreams. Released in 2011, the album has been eagerly received by critics and fans alike. Of course, this isn’t his first taste of success – 2009’s “Turning Home” nabbed him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Vocal.

“I really have tried to trust my gut and trust my instincts,” he says about his music. “I always want to grow.”

And this year he’s grown into a semi-finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year. With all of his recent success, one thing Nail isn’t doing is letting the fame get to his head.

“There have been a lot of times over the course of my career that it didn’t look like I’d be able to make a record, much less have two out and get to travel the country and tour with people,” David recently told Ladies’ Home Journal. “My short-term and long-term goals are always one in the same. I hope to do something today that allows me a tomorrow. I hope to do something this year that allows me another year. I do not take things for granted.”

Fans of Nail don’t think he has anything to worry about, but it’s nice to see an artist stay so grounded. Keeping him there, no doubt, is his wife Catherine, to whom he’s been married for over two years.

“I’m happily married and in a real positive place, and when it came time to start writing for [The Sound of a Million Dreams], I was like, ‘Man, I don’t have any miserable moments to pull from now. I think I tapped that well dry,’” he jokes.

If the reviews of his music are any indication, he doesn’t have to lose any sleep over that. Add in an album full of radio-friendly singles, late-night talk show performances, and a devoted fan base, and it seems that David’s career is in a pretty safe place.

-Kathryn Paulson, CMIL Intern