April 14, 2014 12:00 PM

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A STAR’S SECRET PAIN

David Nail’s Battle with Depression

Country singer David Nail made a name for himself with heartbreak ballads like 2011’s “Let It Rain,” but the singer’s real life behind the lyrics was a greater struggle. “I lived probably 10 years in a really, really deep depression,” he tells PEOPLE COUNTRY. “Growing up in a small town, it was one of those things that you don’t talk about, and you try to sweep it under the rug.” Even as his success grew, “I carried around a lot of guilt because I had all these blessings in my life, and yet I was still struggling to find some joy.” In 2012 Nail decided to get help. With the aid of therapy and prescription drugs, the singer discovered a more positive attitude and found the courage to make his struggle public. “I found a good place that I hadn’t seen in a long, long time,” he says.

MUSICAL MILESTONES

Stars reveal the first album they ever bought

“Shania Twain’s Come On Over. It’s still great!”

—MIRANDA LAMBERT

“The Elvis album, the one with his name in lightbulbs. It had “If I Can Dream,” and that’s one of my favorite songs.”

—TIM McGRAW

“Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase. I was on a choir trip and bought a couple of CDs my mom wouldn’t have wanted me to buy if I was with her. I loved it.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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