Red Light (song)

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"Red Light"
Single by David Nail
from the album I'm About to Come Alive
Released February 2, 2009
Format Music download, airplay
Genre Country
Length 4:06
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Dennis Matkosky
Melissa Peirce
Jonathan Singleton
Producer(s) Frank Liddell
Mike Wrucke
David Nail singles chronology
"I'm About to Come Alive"
"Red Light"
"Turning Home"
Music video
"Red Light" at

"Red Light" is a song written by Jonathan Singleton, Melissa Peirce and Dennis Matkosky, and recorded by American country music artist David Nail. It was released in February 2009 as the second single from his album I'm About to Come Alive, and the third single of his career. It has become Nail's first Top 10 country hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Red Light was Nail's highest-charting song on the Hot Country Songs chart for two years until Let It Rain went to number-one on January 21, 2012.


In the song, the male narrator's lover has announced her breakup from him. The narrator is expecting a different setting for his breakup, but instead is with her in the car at a "red light in the sunshine on a Sunday."


Dan Milliken of Country gave the song a C- rating, and said in his review of the song that it had an interesting story but did not expand on it: "the guy has taken this time to tell us about it because he’s flabbergasted that she would let their relationship end under such ordinary circumstances[…]It’s an OK start, and one could see how that might make for an interesting song."[1] Chris Neal of Country Weekly described the song as "slow-rolling melancholy", calling it a "perfect introduction" to Nail's album.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song premiered on CMT on July 16, 2009. It was directed by Roman White, who also directed David Nail's previous video "I'm About to Come Alive". The video shows Nail driving through the countryside in a convertible. Flashback scenes of his girlfriend getting out of his car at a gas station and arguing with him. The video couple have clearly argued, even though the lyrics express the singer's surprise that his departed lover didn't even "try to pick a fight." He is then shown driving through the city, as well as scenes of him walking down the middle of the street. According to a 2009 interview, the girlfriend is played by his wife. The video was shot in downtown Nashville.

Matt Pfingsten directed an alternate video for the song, released one month later, which uses an acoustic version of the song.

Chart performance[edit]

"Red Light" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in March 2009. The song became his first Top Ten hit in November 2009 and peaked at number 7 in December 2009. On the week ending October 10, 2009, the song debuted at number 95 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 54

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 49


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Neal, Chris (2009-08-10). "Reviews". Country Weekly 16 (26): 50. 
  3. ^ "David Nail Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for David Nail.
  4. ^ "David Nail Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for David Nail.
  5. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "American single certifications – David Nail – Red Light". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2 February 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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