David Nail is the most recent artist to take part in CMA’s Forever Country series, which honors the organization’s 50th anniversary. Nail, a well-known country artist himself, took on Vince Gill’s iconic “When I Call You Name” in this beautiful, emotional cover.
The song itself has a long history with the CMA Awards. It won Single of the Year in 1990 and Song of the Year in 1991. These awards were just the beginning of Gill’s honors from the CMAs. Since then, he has won Male Vocalist of the Year five times and Entertainer of the Year twice. Gill has also been nominated for dozens of Grammy’s over the course of his career.
Gill is still very much in the spotlight, touring and releasing new music. His latest (and 14th) studio album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Nail has been putting out music since 2002 when he released his debut song, “Memphis.” The 37-year-old only grew in popularity from there, with his biggest hits to date being “Let It Rain,” featuring Sarah Buxton, and “Whatever She’s Got.”
The 2016 CMA Awards will be hosted again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. A number of music guests have already been announced — Underwood being one of them. Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead the pack with nominations this year, but you can vote for who you think should win.
The 50th Annual CMA Awards air Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.