“People who know me, know that I can get teary,” cautioned David Nail in front of a crowd at ASCAP’s Music Row offices in Nashville, where over 100 people had gathered to help celebrate the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s first #1, “Let It Rain,” on February 6th, 2012. The song, co-written with Jonathan Singleton, set a record for the longest uninterrupted rise to #1 since the inception of the country radio charts. After 48 weeks, a lot of white-knuckle moments, and last minute pushes by the promotions team and the faith of country radio, “Let It Rain” finally arrived in the #1 club. Singleton, a new father, joked “Someone told me we could’ve had a baby in the time it took this song to go #1… and (my wife and I) did!”
Along with the musicians who played on the album, co-producer Chuck Ainlay, his touring band, Universal Music Group Chairman Luke Lewis and the assembled MCA Promotion and Marketing staffs, Nail had a “this is my life” moment to consider the long road from Kennett, Missouri to the top of the country charts. “There was a point when I was so low, I didn’t know… and I called Jason (Sheer, who owns the Tin Roof), who told me I was playing there that night. He didn’t ask me, he told me.” said Nail. “I swear, that call and that night changed everything,” he continued. “If I hadn’t gone out to the Tin Roof and sung, I would’ve gone back home to Missouri.”
ASCAP’s Creative Manager Ryan Beuschel presented Nail with a guitar to commemorate his first #1, and presentations were also made by the Country Music Association, the Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., and BMG Music Publishing. “There are so many people to thank, so many people who believed and helped and fought,” Nail said. “There have been so many moments when it felt like it would all fall apart, but people kept in there with us. They didn’t want to give up, either, and that’s maybe the mark of making a difference with a song or an album: when people care enough to not just move on. Right now, I feel like the luckiest man in the world.”
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