several colleges approached him about playing on
their baseball teams, it was like a switch flipped
in Nail’s head. He decided to visit Nashville and
see what opportunities would arise for him. He
earned a record deal with Mercury Records in 2002,
but lost it shortly after. Luckily, he did not let
it discourage him too much. Just like everyone else
in the music business, he knew that if anything was
going to help him get another deal, persistence was
2007, Nail landed a deal with another division of
Universal Music Group, MCA. Two years later, he
recorded a phenomenal album with strong lyrics,
easy-going melodies and overall enjoyable songs,
which he decided to call I’m About To Come Alive.
title track was originally recorded, but never
released as a single, by Train. It has been a
favorite of Nail’s for quite some time and has
become a song that is associated with him. He has
been singing it at shows for about five or six
years, although admits that he never imagined having
the opportunity to include it on an album.
Following the title track and the first single, “Red
Light,” this album portrays Nail’s way of deep
thinking through its strong lyrics. He co-wrote
“Clouds,” and penned “Missouri” on his own.
only did Nail include songs which he had written,
but some credible artists, who may sound familiar,
wrote the others. “Turning Home,” was co-written by
Kenny Chesney, and “Summer Job Days” was penned by
Rascal Flatts’ lead singer, Gary LeVox.
Contributing to the great lyrics was Miranda
Lambert’s harmony on “Strangers On a Train,” a song
about wanting what you can’t have. Two great
songwriters, Scooter Carusoe and Aimee Mayo co-wrote
this one. Mayo proved her credibility when she
penned Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s duet, “Let’s Make
Although Nail’s album is full of songs about
relationship troubles, lost love and reflecting on
the past, it is certainly enjoyable. It is a great
CD to play on a long road trip. It never gets old!
album could be a favorite for anyone, even those who
do not regularly listen to country music. Nail has
certainly established himself as an artist with this
one. He came back strong after losing his first
record deal, and knew that he had to prove himself.
He has certainly done that with his strong vocals,
and of course by choosing a collection of songs that
fit perfectly together on one album.