Wednesday night (11/2), David Nail invited industry insiders out for a sneak peek of his upcoming album, The Sound of a Million Dreams. The special event took place at the Peter Nappi Studio, a leather crafting workshop and office located in Nashville’s Germantown.
It was standing room only when Universal Chairman and CEO, Luke Lewis, introduced the Grammy-nominated artist. Lewis gave Nail an “all-in-good-fun” introduction, calling the singer out on his rocky start in the industry nearly ten years ago. “He was just this cocky kid when I met him,” Lewis said, explaining that after signing Nail to the label, he later dropped the singer only to resign him again five years later. “We dropped him because he was an asshole,” Lewis went on jokingly, “And he still is one, but just not as much.”
“Wow,” Nail laughed along with the audience, “I’ve had some introductions before, but never quite like that.” On a more serious note, Nail took a minute to express gratitude for his success, saying at thirty-one years old, he never expected to have one, let alone two, albums.
Nail opened his 30-minute acoustic set with the title track off his album, “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” knocking it out of the park. Nail’s performance also included his current radio single “Let It Rain,” and “Red Light,” the hit off his previous album I’m About To Come Alive. He went on to perform an impromptu rendition of “Catherine,” a song off his upcoming album dedicated to his wife. “I’m sorry, I don’t normally play this acoustic,” Nail told the audience, “but I just found out twenty minutes ago that my wife would be here, and I promised to play this song whenever she was in the room.” The set list change was a treat and everyone swooned along.
As the set drew to an end, Nail invited everyone to “eat, drink and hang around – just put it on Universal’s tab!”
Produced by Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell, The Sound of a Million Dreams is slated for release Tuesday, Nov. 15 on MCA Nashville.
In addition to his new album, Nail is finishing up a touring stint with Taylor Swift. He is scheduled to open for her Speak Now Tour this Saturday, Nov. 5. He also recently performed “God Bless America” last week during the seventh inning stretch at the World Series.