David Nail, Kenny Chesney Hope to Come ‘Home’ to a Grammy
David Nail is up for his first Grammy next week for Best Male Vocal Country Performance on a song that was co-written and very nearly recorded by Kenny Chesney — ‘Turning Home.’ He’s particularly appreciative he got the chance to cut the song as a new artist, not only because Kenny wrote it, but also because the song truly speaks to his heart and to the truth of who he really is.
“Kenny Chesney wrote it with a guy named Scooter Carusoe,” David tells The Boot, “and there were a few of Kenny’s records where we thought he was going to cut it. I like to think that the Good Lord had a hand in it all, and made Kenny an even bigger superstar than he is and maybe Kenny deep down felt bad for me and threw me a bone by letting me record it. I’m very appreciative of it, because I’ve always said even today that it’s the most important song that I’ve ever heard, and I just happen to have the opportunity to sing it every night.
“It was the first song I’ve ever been a part of where I could truly close my eyes and just sing the words, having lived so many of those words,” David continues. “When I first heard the song, it was exactly what I was going through at the time. A lot of times we underestimate the intelligence level of the listener. From the first moment people hear that song they may hate it, but they at least believe what I’m saying. That’s all I’m trying to do a singer and as an artist.”
David received a thumbs-up from Kenny early on after cutting the song, and is happy they’re both receiving acknowledgement for the tune, win or lose.
“When the song came out, Kenny called and congratulated me and loved my version of it. He heard me do it at the ASCAP Awards a couple of years ago and called me again, so I’m sure that he’s excited now. I don’t know if he’s been nominated for a Grammy, I’m sure he has, he may have won one, but I think any time your name is associated with it, it’s gotta give you a sense of pride … it’s the Grammys, it’s the Super Bowl.”
David is gearing up for the release of his next single, ‘Let It Rain,’ a song he wrote with Jonathan Singleton.
“Jonathan, who wrote my first hit ‘Red Light,’ and I wrote it together. It’s got a really unique groove, and I won’t give away the whole surprise, but one of my favorite female vocalists was a part of it. She came in the studio to sing one song and ended up singing on a completely different song without me knowing it. When I heard it, I thought she just went in and really made it her own and made it extremely unique. I hope like hell everybody likes it.”
‘Let It Rain’ is set to be released to radio next week.