No one can top Carrie Underwood’s spunky, sparkling vocals on her duet with Keith Urban for “The Fighter.” But, the New Zealand native country superstar thought he would give his live audience at Nashville’s landmark Grand Ole Opry venue a shot at it. The Opry posted a video of the fun interaction on YouTube on May 30.
Urban took the stage there in April as part of fifth-anniversary celebration as an Opry member and he couldn’t resist drawing the crowd into his famous musical partner’s part in lieu of her absence. You can hear Urban’s invitation to the audience at the beginning of the song as he asks, “Should we give it a try as a duet between me and you guys tonight? That’s what we’re going to do.”
He leads off with his signature guitar notes and the first verse then he gestures to the audience and they chime in perfectly with Underwood’s emphatic question, “What if I fall?” From there, the multiple Grammy winner has them eating out of the palms of his guitar-strumming hands. To the crowd’s credit, they never miss a beat or a word. They come in on target and straight on point every time and Urban gives them a victorious fist pump at the end.
Fans everywhere are embracing the romantic, feel-good track which hails from Urban’s chart-topping, Grammy-nominated album Ripcord. It currently holds the No. 8 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Urban and Underwood released a cute music video for their duet which has garnered over 15 million views on the former “American Idol” judge’s YouTube page since its Feb. 15 posting.
Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and Urban followed, becoming a member in 2012. Last month marked Urban’s fifth anniversary as an official Opry artist. You can watch his entire audience duet on “The Fighter” in the attached video.
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