Country star David Nail and American Idol winner David Cook once played together at a celebrity softball game. The pair didn’t even meet that day; they just played together.
When Nail first heard a demo of his latest single, “Kiss You Tonight,” he had no idea that “the David Cook” credited for writing the song was the same one with whom he once played softball.
“When I heard it and saw the writers’ names, I thought there was no way that can be the same David Cook,” Nail says. “That’s a very common name. You’d think it would be because we’re both from Missouri, and I love all things and people Missouri.”
Social media eventually caused Nail to make the connection between the songwriter and the Idol alum. He explains, “There was about a two-day span where his army of Idol followers took over my Twitter because of this song. So I knew it was that David Cook.”
Nail was drawn to the song due to its simplicity and emotionality. “I love the sentiment of a guy just saying, ‘Hey, if you just allow me the opportunity to come over to your house and kiss you, everything else will take care of itself,’” he says.
Cook, who is currently in Nashville working on his upcoming album, is proud not only of the song, but of its release as a single by Nail. He says, “It was my third write, once I moved to town. That song just snowballed. David put it on hold, and it was that way for a few months. Then it was going to go on the record, and it was that way for a few months. Then the single thing happened super-quick. It has opened some doors to doing more, which is great.”
With both artists praising one another and the single, maybe another collaboration will happen in the future!
Photo courtesy of David Nail’s website