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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Keith Urban appreciates all art, including music, movies, paintings, sports, and he lets the artist know how much he enjoys it. This weekend on Twitter, he expressed “gratitude” and his appreciation to Taylor Swift for her new song, “Lover,” saying, “Huge shoutout today to @taylorswift13 on the SUPERB new single LOVER. When a song so exquisitely written becomes a record so gorgeously crafted I feel such a deep sense of gratitude for the “art” of making music. – KU”
Huge shoutout today to @taylorswift13 on the SUPERB new single LOVER. When a song so exquisitely written becomes a record so gorgeously crafted I feel such a deep sense of gratitude for the “art” of making music. – KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) August 17, 2019
Taylor responded to Keith, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS THE NICEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID – you’re just the best and so kind to say this!”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS THE NICEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID – you’re just the best and so kind to say this 😭💕🙏😻 https://t.co/y3z1JzSejX
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 17, 2019
In 2013, the Keith and Taylor appeared on Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care,” which earned the trio a CMA Award for Music Video of the Year.
Keith is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “We Were.”
Keith Urban appeared on ABC’s Strahan and Sara to talk new music, success, his “We Were” one-shot video, fatherhood, tattoos and more.
Country music superstar Keith Urban talks fatherhood, upcoming tracks, tattoos & more. #StrahanAndSara
Posted by Strahan And Sara on Friday, August 16, 2019
Keith, who is making his way up the country charts with his latest hit “We Were,” also talked about appreciating other artists and revealed he was in the studio recently with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. You may recall Keith performed “To Love Somebody” during the CBS tribute special, “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” and it was the most talked about performance on the night.
Maddie & Tae will release the emotional video for “Die From a Broken Heart” on Thursday at 4pm ET/3pm CT. Check back later for audio from the duo on the emotions that went into the clip.
Don’t forget to watch (or set your DVRs) as Keith Urban takes over Central Park for Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on Friday (August 9th). He’ll perform his latest hit, “We Were,” along with a handful of other of his tunes. All the action begins at 7am on ABC.