FIRST LISTEN: Country Star David Nail’s New Single “Kiss You Tonight” (David Cook Cowrite!)

MCA Nashville recording artist and rising country star David Nail is about to release his 3rd studio album and a new single, the follow-up to his bound for platinum #1 hit “Whatever She’s Got,” and there’s an American Idol connection! David Nail has confirmed that the 2nd single from his album, which goes for adds on 3/3 (the day before his album, I’m A Fire, is released), is “Kiss You Tonight,” a song cowritten by Season 7 Idol champ David Cook with established country songwriters Jay Knowles (who was nominated for a Grammy for cowriting Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore”) and Trent Summar (who has landed cuts with Kip Moore, Randy Houser, and Billy Currington)!

Check out the full stream of the song here (warning: stream may buffer):

You can check out David Cook performing the song live here. Meanwhile, David Nail talks about “Kiss You Tonight” in the following video. Nail compares the feeling he got listening to the song to the feeling he got listening to Lady Antebellum’s smash hit “Need You Now”:

David Cook joins Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, (EDITED to add, thanks @Joyed_) and Chris Sligh as Idol alums who have written songs that were cut by and became singles for major label or big-time label country acts. Reba picked up the Kelly/David Hodges/Ben Moody cowrite and worldwide pop smash “Because Of You” and had Kelly join her for what became a #2 country hit, and Rascal Flatts took the Clint Lagerberg/Chris Sligh cowrite “Here Comes Goodbye” to #1, while Lauren Alaina released “Eighteen Inches” (cowritten by Carrie, Ashley Gorley, and Kelley Lovelace), a heartwarming story song that peaked in the t35 after running into country radio’s typical resistance to new female acts.

For an idea of what kind of get this is for David Cook and what’s at stake with this single, consider this: David Nail, who blends country, soul, and pop in his music, has for several years been considered one of country music’s finest male voices, and he’s known as a strong songwriter in his own right. He has three career t10 hits including 2 #1s and an additional t20 hit, but he has never had consecutive t10 hits – something he and his team are determined to change. In an effort to become a more consistent hitmaker, Nail has talked about making a conscious effort to branch out beyond piano ballads and to cut more upbeat songs. That strategy paid off with “Whatever She’s Got,” which sits at 863k sold and is by far his fastest selling single. We’re about to see if the single can help Nail to top his previous album’s first week sales of 13k (the album was released 11/15/2011), and obviously, Nail’s 2nd single is intended to keep his momentum building and to help in the effort to take him to the next level in the country world.

Check out a teaser for David Nail’s upcoming I’m A Fire, featuring clips from several songs and commentary from Nail:

Tracklisting for David Nail’s I’m A Fire:
1. “Whatever She’s Got” (Jon Nite/Jimmy Robbins)
2. “Broke My Heart” (Scooter Carusoe/David Nail/Jonathan Singleton)
3. “Burnin’ Bed” (Brandy Clark/Bob DiPiero/Shane McAnally)
4. “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” (featuring Little Big Town) (Scooter Carusoe/Brett Eldredge)
5. “Brand New Day” (Scooter Carusoe/Shane McAnally/David Nail)
6. “Kiss You Tonight” (David Cook/Jay Knowles/Trent Summar)
7. “The Secret” (Scooter Carusoe/David Nail)
8. “Countin’ Cars” (Michael Dulaney/Lee Thomas Miller/Neil Thrasher)
9. “Easy Love” (Lee Thomas Miller/David Nail)
10. “I’m A Fire” (Tom Douglas/Jaren Johnston)
11. “Galveston” (featuring Lee Ann Womack) (Glen Campbell cover, written by Jimmy L. Webb)

You can check out CLIPS from & PRE-ORDER David Nail’s upcoming I’m A Fire, due out 3/4/2014, HERE.

Do you think “Kiss You Tonight” sounds like it could become David Nail’s next big country hit?

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Also known as Windmills, I cover country music news and live televised country events, in addition to recapping ABC's 'Nashville.' Additionally, I occasionally do long-form chart analysis that has been cited by Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New Republic, NPR, and more.