Courtesy of David McClister
By Tricia Despres
It’s early Monday morning, and life is good for David Nail.
After filming a video in downtown Nashville, David is going to his home outside of Nashville to enjoy some downtime and get used to the fact that he might be on the verge of releasing the best material of his career.
Despite the success, the thirty-four-year-old singer from Kennett can’t get past what just happened.
“I absolutely cannot believe I left my box from Causbie’s Bakery in the fridge back at the hotel,” he gripes while driving home. “It was my birthday this past weekend, and my parents always bring me some treats from home, and I absolutely love Causbie’s Bakery. I have been starving myself for this video, so I was really looking forward to sitting down and devouring it all. I wonder if I can check back in to get it.”
Although David is now a rising country star, it only takes some goodies from home to remind him how much he misses Missouri.
Growing up in the same town as Sheryl Crow, David was raised around music and even took voice lessons from Sheryl’s mom.
Yet, the choice of pursuing music or going to college was challenging as he not only had a number of baseball scholarship offers, but also encouragement from his music teacher.
“He felt music was what I should be doing,” David recalls, who made a compromise by attending Aquinas College in country-centric Nashville on a short-lived baseball scholarship.
“It was a rough time because I was being tossed between listening to the advice of my music director and listening to all of my friends who were going off to college. I finally decided that after high school graduation, I would head straight to Nashville to pursue some sort of music career. It quickly didn’t feel right, though. It wasn’t long before I started missing things like my mom making me breakfast. I knew in my heart that I needed to come back home for a bit longer.”
Accordingly, he left Nashville and went back to Kennett. Two years later, he enrolled in Arkansas State University, but it wasn’t long before Nashville began calling his name again.
“I think it just took me a while to get comfortable with who I was and what I wanted to do with my life,” David says. “There was always a little bit of me wondering if I was making the right decision and if this was what the good Lord wanted me to do. Maybe I was a bit more mature the second time around because I just knew that this time it was going to be different.”
And it was. In 2009, David’s debut album spawned Grammy-nominated song “Turning Home,” and his follow-up gave him a number one song on the Hot Country Songs charts. Now, he’s ready to release new music.
“I’m definitely excited for the new record to come out, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried a little bit,” he admits. “Luckily so far, the reaction people are having to the new material is the same reaction I have had. I think all of my records in the past have been a reflection of where I was in life, and this one is going to be no different.”
David’s friends and family in Missouri are joining his excitement for the new material.
“Obviously my family and closest friends are probably a little biased, but my oldest friends in the world who have heard the new stuff seem overly excited about it,” he says, chuckling. “This is my third record and the sixth single I have released, but everyone seems to just have a feeling about this one. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by people who are very close to me and who know firsthand the transformation I have been through the last twelve months.”