I'm a Fire (album)

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I'm a Fire
Studio album by David Nail
Released March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)
Recorded 2013
Genre Country
Length 40:56
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Chuck Ainlay
Frank Liddell
Glenn Worf
David Nail chronology
The Sound of a Million Dreams
(2011)The Sound of a Million Dreams2011
I'm a Fire
Singles from I'm a Fire
  1. "Whatever She's Got"
    Released: May 28, 2013
  2. "Kiss You Tonight"
    Released: March 3, 2014

I'm a Fire is the third studio album by American country music artist David Nail. It was released on March 4, 2014 via MCA Nashville.[1] The album garnered a positive reception from critics praising the production and lyrical content synchronizing with Nail's vocal delivery. I'm a Fire debuted at numbers 3 and 13 on both the Top Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively and spawned two singles: "Whatever She's Got" and "Kiss You Tonight".


Nail co-wrote four of the album's eleven tracks.[1] The album's final track is a cover of Glen Campbell's "Galveston," which Nail performs as a duet with Lee Ann Womack, "When They're Gone (Lyle County)" features harmony vocals from Little Big Town and "Brand New Day" features harmony vocals from Aubrie Sellers, Womack and Jason Sellers' daughter.

"Whatever She's Got" was released as the album's lead-off single on May 28, 2013. It became Nail's second number one single on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in February 2014, as well as his first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it has received a Platinum certification in the U.S.[2] "Kiss You Tonight" was released as the second single from the album on March 3, 2014.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Country Weekly A-[4]
Roughstock 4.5/5 stars[5]
Taste of Country Positive[6]

I'm a Fire received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album three out of five stars, saying that "I'm a Fire [is] insinuating, not insistent. It may not deliver a knockout punch but it's not intended to be powerful; it's a grower, sounding better with repeated exposure, repeated listens revealing the craft in the songs and the subtlety in Nail's execution."[3] Jon Freeman of Country Weekly graded the album an A-, writing that "Golden-voiced David Nail is one of those rare singers who sounds comfortable singing just about anything, so it’s to his credit that he deals in more hefty material on his third album, I’m a Fire."[4] At Roughstock, Matt Bjorke rated the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, favorably describing the "more ‘upbeat’ and less ‘downtempo’" nature of the record. He praised album track "The Secret" as one of Nail's best songs.[5] Taste of Country highlighted the album as a Critic's Pick and Billy Dukes complimented the lyricism, production, and Nail's ability to do heavy heartache. He listed "Burnin' Bed," "Brand New Day," and "The Secret" as the standout tracks.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 3 on the Top Country Albums chart and number 13 on the Billboard 200, with 23,000 copies sold in the United States, making it Nail's highest-charting album on both charts.[7] As of June 2016, the album has sold 91,000 copies in the US.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Whatever She's Got" Jimmy Robbins, Jon Nite 3:55
2. "Broke My Heart" Scooter Carusoe, David Nail, Jonathan Singleton 3:16
3. "Burnin' Bed" Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Shane McAnally 3:38
4. "When They're Gone (Lyle County)" (featuring Little Big Town) Carusoe, Brett Eldredge 3:42
5. "Brand New Day" Carusoe, McAnally, Nail 4:44
6. "Kiss You Tonight" David Cook, Jay Knowles, Trent Summar 3:51
7. "The Secret" Carusoe, Nail 4:21
8. "Countin' Cars" Michael Dulaney, Lee Thomas Miller, Neil Thrasher 2:52
9. "Easy Love" Miller, Nail 3:21
10. "I'm a Fire" Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston 4:05
11. "Galveston" (duet with Lee Ann Womack) Jimmy L. Webb 3:11



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 13
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[10] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[11] 61


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2013 "Whatever She's Got" 2 1 35 4 34
2014 "Kiss You Tonight" 25 17 103
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b "David Nail Releases Track Listing For New Album "I’m A Fire" Out March 4". Got Country Online. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.davidnail.com/2014/02/26/david-nail-surprised-with-platinum-plaque-at-number-one-party-for-whatever-shes-got/
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (March 3, 2014). "I'm a Fire - David Nail : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (March 3, 2014). "I'm a Fire by David Nail". Country Weekly. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (March 1, 2014). "Album Review: David Nail - I'm A Fire". Roughstock. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (March 5, 2014). "Album Spotlight: David Nail, ‘I’m a Fire’ – ToC Critic’s Pick". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 12, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of March 12, 2014: Eli Young Band "10,000 Towns" Hits Top Of The Charts". Roughstock. Archived from the original on March 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "David Nail – Chart history" Billboard 200 for David Nail.
  10. ^ "David Nail – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for David Nail.
  11. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.