I'm About to Come Alive

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I'm About to Come Alive
Studio album by David Nail
Released August 18, 2009
Recorded 2007-2009
Genre Country
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Frank Liddell
Mike Wrucke
David Nail chronology
I'm About to Come Alive
The Sound of a Million Dreams
Singles from I'm About to Come Alive
  1. "I'm About to Come Alive"
    Released: April 22, 2008
  2. "Red Light"
    Released: February 2, 2009
  3. "Turning Home"
    Released: January 25, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Country Weekly 3.5/5 stars[2]

I'm About to Come Alive is the debut album of American country music singer David Nail. It was released on August 18, 2009 via MCA Nashville. The album, produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, includes the singles "I'm About to Come Alive," "Red Light" and "Turning Home." Nail wrote or co-wrote four of the songs on the album.


Prior to signing with MCA Nashville in 2009, Nail recorded a self-titled album in 2002 for Mercury Nashville, which is also a division of Universal Music Group Nashville. This album, despite producing a #52-peaking country single in "Memphis," was not released due to staff changes at the label.


The lead-off single is the title track, which was originally recorded by the alternative rock band Train on its 2003 album My Private Nation. Nail's rendition peaked at number 47 on Hot Country Songs in 2008. Followup "Red Light" (which was co-written by Jonathan Singleton) was released in early 2009, and in May it became Nail's first Top 40 country hit, peaking at number 7 in December 2009. "Turning Home" was released in late January 2010 as the third single. This song was co-written by Kenny Chesney, who gave the song to Nail after deciding not to record it for himself.[3]

Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, the same producers who work for Miranda Lambert, produced the album. Lambert performs background vocals on the track "Strangers on a Train." Nail wrote or co-wrote four of the album's songs.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Chris Neal of Country Weekly magazine gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five. He said that "Red Light" set the album's tone, which he described as "the same sort of dusky midtempo groove."[2] The album also received a three-and-a-half star rating from Allmusic critic Thom Jurek, who said that the songs were "free of clichés" and that Nail had "so much soul in his voice that you believe every word."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mississippi"   Scooter Carusoe, Dan Colehour, Chuck Leavell 4:36
2. "I'm About to Come Alive"   Charlie Colin, Rob Hotchkiss, Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Scott Underwood, Clint Bennett 4:28
3. "Red Light"   Jonathan Singleton, Dennis Matkosky, Melissa Pierce 4:06
4. "Again"   Carusoe, David Nail 4:21
5. "Clouds"   Carusoe, Nail 3:53
6. "Summer Job Days"   Gary LeVox, Neil Thrasher, Michael Dulaney 4:11
7. "Strangers on a Train" (featuring Miranda Lambert) Carusoe, Aimee Mayo 4:08
8. "Looking for a Good Time"   Sean McConnell 5:12
9. "This Time Around"   Nail, Lee Thomas Miller 3:25
10. "Turning Home"   Carusoe, Kenny Chesney 4:59
11. "Missouri"   Nail 4:02

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 19
U.S. Billboard Top 200 71

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
US Billboard Top Country Albums 73[5]


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2008 "I'm About to Come Alive" 47
2009 "Red Light" 7 54
2010 "Turning Home" 20 117
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "I'm About to Come Alive review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Neal, Chris (2009-08-10). "Reviews". Country Weekly 16 (26): 50. 
  3. ^ Watts, Cindy (2010-01-24). "David Nail's success starts at 'Red Light'". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ "David Nail fans get "Red Light"". Country Standard Time. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 634. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.