NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This season was poised to become a hectic one for Keith Urban, using a complete year of touring in addition to a vegas residency. He was not certain when he would have the time to complete his next record”Speed of Today Part 1″ if the coronavirus pandemic stopped live performances in March.
“It was the time that I wanted, not how I wished I had gotten the moment,” stated the globe-trotting nation star, who’s nominated for three CMA awards in November, including entertainer of the year.
However, the downtime compelled him back to the studio, where he joined with a kindred soul in singer-songwriter Breland, whose urban-rural combination”My Truck” was blowing up online. The set co-wrote two tunes for Urban’s record, which will be out Friday, such as”Outside the Cage” featuring Breland’s vocals along with Nile Rodgers’ rhythmic guitar.
“Breland was a guy after my own heart and that I was just dying to get in the studio to find out what occurred,” Urban said.
Urban spoke to The Associated Press lately from Australia, where he had been staying with his children and wife-actor Nicole Kidman, about the way he sees creative partners at the studio and learning how to discuss his feelings.
AP: You are so focused on the collaborative method of songs and this album comprises artists with a lot of unique styles like Breland, Pink, and Eric Church. Are you attracted to the experimental portion of cooperating?
Urban: I don’t consider it experimental. I think of this in terms of all of these different styles which have a link to one another. What is that link? And can we locate exactly what that is and determine if we could exploit it? I see that today.” … And that is what pushes methe commonality in people, in audio and everything in existence, the commonality. It is what pushes me much more than that which separates because there’s lots of that. We are drowning in it at this time.
Not sure I have ever discovered a didgeridoo on a state tune, but it functions.
And I moved”Didgeridoo! Excellent.” We jump on the internet and that I find a man playing the didgeridoo. Plus it ends up being this man, Lewis Burns. And I was the only kind of using him, “See? Like that. It seems just like this.” And in the middle of this, I moved, “Really, can we use this?”
AP: You have a tune on the record called”Say Something,” about the power of words that appears to reflect the collective awareness of the season’s protests. What did you need to convey with that tune?
It is all there. So I have never felt the need to go at kind of soapbox-type things likely due to the way my father raised me. However, there also is a demand for it. And I thought another thing there’s a demand for is to talk up on your household occasionally. I thought about people I wished I had said sorry to and did not get an opportunity to and that they drifted from my life. People I wanted I said’I love you’ to until they passed away, such as my dad, and tons of things I wanted I’d said, wanted I mentioned something. So I wrote the next verse mainly touching upon all that, the battle with familiarity and learning how to speak up and state romantic matters, which will be helping my loved ones, my loved ones of invention, to be somewhat different to how I had been raised.
AP: I am convinced that is a fantastic example to demonstrate your kids.
Urban: I am learning. I am learning. However, Nic (Nicole) is amazing at it. She is very expressive. Doesn’t bottle up stuff, you understand, just really expressive. Valuable. We do not walk on eggshells in our home. We get out stuff. And that I was not raised like this. It is a far better way.