ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — David Nail has come a long way since his debut in 2009.
The country singer is known for his tales of heartbreak – and that suits him just fine.
In fact, his singles “Let It Rain,” “Red Light” and “Turning Home” have been successes for him and even earned him a Grammy nomination.
It wasn’t until he met his wife that his song style started to change.
“I have this newfound happiness, energy and enthusiasm about life,” he says. “And the sole inspiration for why I wanted to get better, to change and to be different was because of her.”
Nail says he was stuck in a funk and found it difficult until he met his wife, Catherine. He says she was the inspiration behind his latest album, “I’m a Fire.”
Nail wrote the 11 tracks on the album.
“It is a much more upbeat album than I’ve done in the past,” he says. “Having spent so much time on the road, I think I have a better idea of the type of songs people gravitate toward in a live setting.”
But turning in a more up-tempo album after a career of sober material is a challenge, as well as a departure that could take longtime fans by surprise.
“I think my records have been very much who I was at that place and time, and I think people can say, ‘Man, you sing all these sad songs and there is a lot of heartache,'” he says. “But ‘I’m a Fire’ came out of a pure place of doing something that we simply enjoy.”
Nail says the spontaneous nature of cuts like the album’s lead single, “Whatever She’s Got,” makes it a favorite of his wife.
“I always believed the song was special, but when my wife first heard it, I watched her start to dance and move around. I thought to myself, ‘I’ve never seen my wife move like that before.’ I instantly knew we had something with ‘Whatever She’s Got,'” he says. “From the first moment I heard it, I thought this would sound amazing on radio. It has a melody that you can’t get out of your head.”