David Nail brought the crowd of radio and media members to their feet during the Country Radio Seminar(CRS) New Faces showcase last Friday night. David took the stage for his four song set after playing a brief video offering his thanks to country radio for believing in him. David opened with his new single, “The Sound of A Million Dreams,” and closed with “Grandpa’s Farm” from his The Sound of A Million Dreams album. The annual event showcases the best new artists in country music on the last evening of CRS.
“You have so much to prove and so little time to do it,” he said. “You know those people have seen the best of everything this genre has to offer all week. You know they’re tired. They’ve been at it for several days and you’ve got four songs, which isn’t a lot. You know they’re looking to see what country music’s future might hold. Being the last music they were going to see, I didn’t want to hold anything back.”
Earlier in the week, David earned rave reviews when he performed his new single at the Ryman Auditorium during the Universal Music Group showcase. “Of the company’s more established artists, the finest performance came from David Nail,” Robert K. Oermann of Music Row wrote. “He blew the roof off the Ryman when he sang last year, and he repeated the feat on Wednesday when he sang his so-powerful “The Sound of a Million Dreams.” In a word, ‘Wow.’”
“More than any song I’ve been blessed with, this is everything I am,” David said of his new single. “So much life gets frozen in the songs you’re hearing while you’re living, and all you have to hear – no matter where you are or what you’re doing – is a few notes and it all comes alive right there.”
As soon as his time at the New Faces show was up, David got straight on a tour bus bound for Detroit to fill in for Thompson Square on Lady Antebellum’s tour after the duo had to cancel a few dates following the passing of Shawna Thompson’s father. “I really think of this as a family,” David said. “I know any of them would do it for me, so it’s the least I can do: Step in, play music, and, of course, pray for Shawna, her Father and their family.”