Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith Urban is one of country music’s biggest superstars and most talented musicians. Keith released his debut self-titled album in 1999 on the label he remains on today, Capitol Records Nashville, and has since continued to entertain fans globally.
Keith Urban releases GRAFFITI U, his first new studio album in nearly two years, on April 27th. The much-anticipated follow up to 2016’s record-breaking, #1 platinum album RIPCORD, GRAFFITI U is a natural musical progression that began with FUSE, but it also marks where Urban currently resides creatively. It’s this sense of presence during his writing and recording process that gives each of Urban’s albums an unabashed honesty and authenticity.
There were no parameters or preconceived ideas,” says Urban. “I began this process with a completely blank canvas. Every initial spark is organic and then expanded upon, like the art of graffiti, so the name really fit the music. I also liked the idea of “you” the listener (or the audience), because this is an inclusive experience. And because of my last name we had a little grammatical fun and shortened it to U.”
A soaring spirit spray-painted right from the heart, Urban’s curiosity powers each moment on GRAFFITI U and the very title speaks to that personal and passionate vibrancy, vitality, and vision.
After nine full-length studio albums and millions of, songs, albums and tickets sold worldwide, of his drive to collaborate and explore his musical curiosity Urban says, “I’ve always been creatively curious and I follow that passionately. That’s why I work with different people, and on this album predominantly new people, giving me an opportunity to discover new musical sides of myself.”
GRAFFITI U, which has already seen the release of “Female” and “Coming Home,” features over thirty songwriting, producer and featured guest performance credits, including Greg Wells, Dann Huff, Mike Elizondo, Ed Sheeran, Ross Copperman, JHart, Julia Michaels, Nicolle Galyon, J.R. Rotem, Shane McAnally, Shy Carter and a signature lick for “Coming Home,” which credits Merle Haggard as one of its songwriters. Urban himself is a writer or producer on all but one of GRAFFITI U’s songs.
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Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker (with Brad Paisley), Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are among the all-star lineup of performers for ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, a two-hour special featuring intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. Kelsea Ballerini,Kane Brown & John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani will also perform. The special will be broadcast Sunday, April 5th at 8pm ET/PT; 7pm CT on CBS and CBS All Access.
ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY will also honor 10-time ACM Award® winner Kenny Rogers with performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. As previously announced, artists will appear from their homes to share heartfelt thoughts and perform acoustic versions of Country hits. Additionally, video clips from previous ACM Award broadcasts will highlight favorite ACM moments from the past. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.
The special will broadcast during the time slot previously scheduled for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will now be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming live and on demand on CBS All Access. The 55th ACM Awards, hosted for the first time by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, honors the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry.
About ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY
ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY invites fans to join their favorite superstars for a new kind of entertainment special featuring at-home acoustic performances with top Country artists along with clips of their favorite moments from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY is produced for television by dick clark productions. R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Amy Thurlow are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music®.
Keith Urban performed his second “Urban Underground” live stream on Monday (March 23rd). He kicked it off with a message to everyone from him and his wife Nicole Kidman. He then launched into a fan request for “Never Coming Down,” followed by “You’re Gonna Fly.” Nic played multiple parts in the video, including those of her husband’s roadie, his audience, while dancing around while her husband performed many of his hits in their home studio, Skye Studio. The 30-minute show also featured “Somewhere in My Car,” a tribute to the late great Kenny Rogers on “The Gambler.” Keith said it has been probably 25 years since he performed the song. Keith also performed his latest song, “God Whispered Your Name,” which Nic says is her favorite while she sang along. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year also revealed there’s a video to the song coming out very soon. Check out the Facebook Live link below.
In other Keith news, it was announced he will host this year’s ACM Awards, which had been moved from April 5th to September 16th.
Keith Urban had such a great time performing for fans last week, he’s decided to do it again. Titled Urban Underground, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year will go live at 4pm CT/5pm ET/2pm PT on Monday (March 23rd). Make sure to tune in.
Last Monday was fun, let’s do it again? pic.twitter.com/xkBZA15uIL
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) March 21, 2020