Keith Urban Talks Inspiration Behind “The Fighter” and Multiple Award Nominations

Keith Urban Talks Inspiration Behind “The Fighter” and Multiple Award Nominations

Keith Urban has another hit on his hands with “The Fighter,” his fifth single released from his current album Ripcord.  The song, which features superstar Carrie Underwood on vocals, is currently No. 23 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and turned out to be one of the fastest written songs Keith has ever completed.

“It just came out incredibly quick,” recalls Keith. “The idea came very quickly and I was working with [producer and co-writer] busbee that day—we were in London.  I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression and he built this track really quickly. I think we put down the chorus straight away, with busbee filling in where the girl would sing (laughs). It was just a very quick song to write. I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things we said and it all went in on that song.”

With seven ACM nominations under his belt, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, Keith looks at the recognition as icing on the cake.

“As an artist creating something, for me the goal is to get out what I had in and to get it out completed, and to get the picture right,” Keith said. “If I achieve that, that’s the first feeling of—you just feel fantastic. There’s just an incredible joy in that happening.  Then when it gets nominated for something it’s crazy. I guess it would be like watching one of our daughters win something as well. Having her was everything, and now she’s winning something, it’s like, ‘Bonus.'”

You can catch Keith at the 2017 ACM Awards on ABC, live from T-mobile arena in Las Vegas on April 2.

Photo courtesy UMG

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell