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Country Star David Nail makes symphony orchestra debut with Colorado Symphony
Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter David Nail and Colorado Symphony blend country songs and orchestral powers in first-ever symphony performance
, led by resident conductor Scott O'Neil, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall. Nail, who was nominated for a 2011 Grammy® for Male Country Vocal Performance for the hit song "Turning Home," will premiere all-new orchestra charts in this first-ever performance. The concert offers a rare blending of country's distinct rhythms and melodies with the power and magnificence of the 79-member Colorado Symphony, and promises to charm country music, pop and classical fans alike. Concertgoers can look forward to hits from Nail's debut album, I'm About to Come Alive, which is a major cross-over success charting on both the Billboard Country and Billboard 200 music charts. Nail will announce songs from the stage, but promises to include fan favorites such as "Red Light," "Let it Rain," "Turning Home" (co-written by Kenny Chesney) and "Strangers on a Train" (recorded as a duet with Miranda Lambert). Remaining tickets for this premiere concert currently start from $25.
A new artistic collaboration, Nail's symphony orchestra debut with the Colorado Symphony follows a series of groundbreaking concerts for the orchestra. The Colorado Symphony, which is building a strong reputation for innovation and fresh approaches to programming, recently presented a series of orchestral collaborations at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Sarah McLachlan, Idina Menzel and Chicago. These concerts, as well as previous groundbreaking concerts with stars such as Boyz II Men, represent a sea change for the non-profit organization as it works to bring symphonic music into the lives of more people across Colorado each year through a wide-variety of relevant community engagement programs.
The Colorado Symphony's
2011/12 Pops series
, which opens with the jazz, swing, Dixieland and big band stylings of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Saturday, September 17, takes the Colorado Symphony's collaboration genre to a new level with concerts featuring the First Lady of the American Broadway, Patti LuPone, Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli, Denver’s iconic indie band DeVotchKa, the quintessentially American alternative rock band Guster, and Riders In The Sky during the 2012 National Western Stock Show. Single tickets for these concerts, as well as tickets for all 2011/12 season concerts, are currently on sale.
About David Nail
Growing up in a small southeastern Missouri town, Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter David Nail was expected to play baseball in college. In the end, music drew him to Nashville. It was a key moment in his career – small town boy decides to chase a big city dream – and a theme that has informed his music ever since. In his music and on his recent CD release, I’m About to Come Alive, he neatly bridges the divide, laying claim to his hometown roots while keeping a firm grip on the future.
Nail, son of a former high school band director, cut his musical teeth on a record collection that included Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the Beatles. He re-connected with country music in the early '90s and found himself looking back to the country music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. He fell in love with Glen Campbell, who is still one of his all-time favorites.
Nail moved to Nashville after high school to pursue his dream. Overwhelmed, he ended up moving back to Missouri in less than a year. Returning to Nashville two years later, Nail became frustrated once again with the lack of movement with his music career. He spent the next two summers helping coach the Twitty City Knights, a select group of some of Nashville’s best baseball talent.
Then, friend Brian Wright introduced Nail to Frank Liddell, who 10 years earlier had produced one of Nail’s all-time favorite records: Chris Knight’s self-titled debut CD. Nail signed to the MCA Nashville label. From the second he started recording with co-producers Lidell and Mike Wrucke, Nail was determined to bridge the gap between traditional country and the soulful stylings of legends such as Lionel Ritchie and Ray Charles.
Nail wrote five of the tracks on I’m About To Come Alive. The CD also includes a duet with country star Miranda Lambert, as well as songs he co-wrote with Kenny Chesney and Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts. Alongside famed songwriter Scooter Carusoe, Nail also co-wrote “Clouds.”
In 2010, Nail was nominated for Single Record of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for "Red Light." In 2011, he received a Grammy® nomination for Male Country Vocal Performance for "Turning Home." Both songs are crossover hits that ranked firmly on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Country charts. This is Nail’s debut with a symphony orchestra.
Tickets: Remaining tickets for these performances currently start from $25. Tickets are on sale now at
, the Colorado Symphony Box Office: (303) 623-7876 or (877) 292-7979 or in-person in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra – David Nail
Scott O'Neil, resident conductor
Song selections to be announced from the stage.
Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Remaining tickets currently start from $25.
Full artist biographies and photos available upon request.
Margaret A. Williams
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The state’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. The Colorado Symphony presents outstanding education and outreach programs, as well as Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, Family, and the exciting new Inside the Score series that has attracted a historic level of first-time concertgoers. By presenting music that is both timeless and inspiring, while taking risks with new musical collaborations and interactive concerts, the Colorado Symphony is attracting more diverse and younger audiences than ever before. The increasing popularity of Colorado Symphony concerts as well as a strong fund-raising base not only re-affirms the artistic excellence of the orchestra, but also reflects the deep-rooted enthusiasm for symphonic music felt by so many individuals across the region. For more information about the Colorado Symphony, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.
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