Give Keith Urban a microphone and a crowd, and you’re gonna get some great soundbites.
On April 23, Spotify hosted a private Fans First party in Nashville for more than 150 of Keith’s biggest fans, and Keith treated them to a sneak listen of his upcoming album, Graffiti U, which drops on April 27.
In addition to performing acoustic versions of new songs “Female,” “Coming Home, and “Paint It on Sunday,” as well as a duet with wife Nicole Kidman on “Parallel Line,” Keith answered questions from the fans in attendance and shared a few amusing anecdotes, including his failed plan to play a song at one of his concerts in total darkness (he couldn’t see the piano keys) and being terrified before his performance of “Coming Home” at the ACM Awards on April 15.
“I was terrified—I had never played [“Coming Home”] live before and there are a lot of words,” said Keith with a laugh. “There’s a weird voice in my head that happens every time I play on a TV show and it happened at the ACMs when we did ‘Coming Home.’ The song starts and I’m walking up to the mic and the voice goes, ‘Don’t forget the words.’ Out of the blue, literally. My heart [pounds] and then it all comes out.”
In addition to hearing Keith’s tunes, fans were able to explore an art mural exhibition, which featured a series of murals created by a group of five acclaimed local artists, including Nathan Brown,Ty Christian, Brian Wooden, Eric “Mobe” Bassand and Aaron Martin.
Check out clips of Keith singing “Coming Home” and his duet with Nicole on “Parallel Line.”
— Nash Country Daily (@NashCntryDaily) April 24, 2018
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 24, 2018
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