Keith Urban recently dropped his hot new single “Coming Home” and its lyric video which features Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels. Michaels adds vocals and shares writing credits with Urban, along with late country music legend Merle Haggard and co-producer J.R. Rotem. The nostalgic track hails from Urban’s highly-anticipated upcoming studio album Graffiti U.
Urban explained Haggard’s connection and credit in the song in a press release. “’Coming Home’ started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs ‘Mama Tried’ - to build an entirely new song around it,” he said. “Then, I took the idea to J.R. Rotem and he put some chords around it. I jotted down the first words that the music made me feel, jumped on a mic and sang the chorus.”
He also talked about how Haggard’s guitar lick conjured memories of his childhood in New Zealand and his dream of coming to America. “I knew right then the story (of the song) was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home – wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.”
It was important to the “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer to get Haggard’s family’s blessing on the song. So, he sought approval from Haggard’s wife, Theresa and their son, Ben and they happily gave it.
The visually-captivating, black-and-white lyric video features a concrete jungle filled with skyscrapers, busy freeways and throngs of people crowding the sidewalks. The fast-paced scenery serves to underscore Urban’s feeling of being stifled and too caught up in it all. In the first verse he sings:
“I wake up feeling/In my soul I’m/Living someone else’s life/I’m turnin’ into concrete/Harder than these city streets/Where no one even cares if I’m alive.”
He feels a strong yearning to be back to “the place that I know, where they all know me” and wants to get back “to the ones who love me” because “There’s nothin’ in the world that feels like coming home” and the scene shifts to images of a sweeping hillside, walking down a country road, a wooden bridge over running water and more. (Watch the entire “Coming Home” lyric video embedded above).
A firm release date has not yet been set for Graffiti U. The album follows his 2016 chart-topping, Grammy-nominated album, Ripcord. The new project marks his tenth studio album and finds the former “American Idol” judge working with new collaborators, including Michaels, who had a breakout year last year after the success of her 2017 EP, Nervous System. It’s lead single, Issues, helped Michaels earn a 2018 Song of the Year Grammy nod. She was also nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Keith Urban will tour to support his new album on the Graffiti U World Tour, including a stop at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village, Colo. on Jul 14. Kelsea Ballerini will open for him. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS.)