David Nail released “Let It Rain” 48 weeks ago as the lead single from his much anticipated Sound of A Million Dreams. Though the climb was slow, he and MCA Nashville, his label, never lost faith in the song that celebrated the potency of consequences and owning what you’ve done.
Their perseverance has paid off. “Let It Rain” climbed to the top of the Country Singles charts. “Let It Rain” gives the Kennett, Missourian his first #1 single in a career marked by a Grammy nomination (Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for “Turning Home”) and an Academy of Country Music nomination (Top Country Single for “Red Light”).
“When you’re 25 weeks in and you believe in a song, but you’re stuck in the middle of the chart, it’s hard to think you’re gonna get there,” says the somewhat reticent vocalist, “and yet, you can’t think that it won’t go all the way. I am a very blessed and lucky man… because not only did my label never give up on me, but so many people at country radio hung in there with us, too. It’s been a long road, but – well, we’re here, and it feels good.”
The response has been incredible. In addition to being on Year End Top 10 lists at Billboard, AOL and Amazon.com, The Washington Post wrote, “Nail’s robust tenor might be country’s most limber and soulful this side of Ronnie Dunn,” while Entertainment Weekly deemed “a voice that’s even easier listening than Keith Urban’s.” The Los Angeles Times offered, “songs that chip away at loss, regret, missteps and other human failings, grist for the richest life lessons…”
“I am the son of a high school band director – and music is all I think God created me to do,” says the man who co-wrote his first #1 with Jonathan Singleton. “It is not an easy dream to pursue, but I can’t imagine anything else… and right now, I feel like I am doing what was intended. To get validated when you’re chasing something like this is maybe the greatest feeling in the world.”
Validation comes in many forms. With the Academy of Country Music preliminary ballots arriving today, David Nail finds himself recognized in five categories: Top Male Vocalist, Top New Artist, Single and Vocal Event of the Year for “Let It Rain,” featuring Sarah Buxton and Album of the Year for the aptly titled Sound of a Million Dreams.
Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Stoney LaRue), Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf, The Sound of a Million Dreams is a palette of grown-up songs that measures life’s disappointments, struggles and breakthroughs. With songs by Keith Urban, the men of Lady Antebellum and Scooter Carusoe, Dreams has prompted the media to shower Nail with praise.