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David Nail Joins CMT's Big New Music Weekend
David Nail Joins CMT’s Big New Music Weekend
World Premieres “The Sound of a Million Dreams” on 4/27
Nashville, TN: When David Nail headed to the historic Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, he knew that the dreams songs held for people were as vast as the people themselves – and it made his goal of creating a video for the title track to his The Sound of a Million Dreams something that could evoke those meanings without taking away people’s most essential truths. Working with award-winning director Chris Hicky, the singer, recently tapped as one of People Country’s Hottest Guys, created a tour de force music video that balances the song’s elegance with the passion the Kennett, Missourian brings to his music.
“That was the hardest thing,” Nail acknowledges. “Knowing how specific certain songs can be to me – and knowing it’s like that for other people, too. I don’t wanna drown their version with my memories, but I always wanted to make sure people understood how personal music is to me and how much of my life is tied up in these songs: both the ones that I sing and the ones that I love.”
CMT: Country Music Television – where music turns to images – recognized both the intent and the execution of “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” selecting it as a World Premiere during their blockbuster Big New Music Weekend. The Grammy nominated vocalist, who co-wrote his first #1 (“Let It Rain”), joins superstars Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, The Civil Wars, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney with Tim McGraw for what will be CMT’s biggest spring video event.
“It’s amazing that my video is in such strong company,” says the high school band director’s son. “But I know that every single one of those artists has had these moments – just like me. Whoever you are, there’s some memory or memories that are caught up in a song, and the second you hear it, you’re right back there.
“I think that’s one of the things about CMT: they give all the songs they play a visual reference point. You can see the singer in the moment, and that can be a powerful thing. So powerful, as Chris (Hicky) and I discussed, that we wanted to be careful to make this video in a way that anyone watching it could feel themselves inside this song and not be overwhelmed by the images.”
Still, it’s hard not to be moved by the video clip of Nail’s father introducing his 6-year old son who comes out to the drums at a music recital, or watching the young man come of age. It is in making the personal universal that the video for “Dreams” finds much of its power. Closing with footage of his maternal Grandfather saying “Next time I'll come to Vegas…,” you see how deep the blood runs.
Currently on tour with Billy Currington, “The Sound of a Million Dreams” is finding believers – and downloaders -- in Boston, Seattle, San Jose, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Bakersfield. With a Salem, VA, Huntington, WV and Knoxville, TN run this week, dreams are on the road – and in fan's living rooms for CMT's Big New Music Weekend.