Keith Urban is revealing new details about his upcoming duet with Carrie Underwood and admitting why the two’s new team-up almost didn’t happen.
Urban spoke out about his new duet with Carrie, titled “The Fighter,” in a new interview with Taste of Country Nights this week, where he confessed that he and Underwood had to do a whole lot of scrambling to get the track together in time.
Keith confessed to the country site that Underwood was pretty busy with her “Storyteller: Stories In The Round” tour when he approached her about the duet, meaning Carrie only had one day to lay down the vocals for the song featured on Urban’s upcoming release, Ripcord.
“[Carrie Underwood] was on tour at the time, and I said, ‘how do I get you on the song?’ ” Keith recalled of his conversation with Carrie, “She said, ‘I have a day off in St. Louis, it’s the only day off between now and when you need to finish your record … I could do it in St Louis?’ ”
Keith then revealed that he was already booked to film the music video for his new single “Wasted Time” on Carrie’s only day off following her sold out stop at St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena on March 24, meaning that the former American Idol judge had to call in reinforcements in the form of his co-writer on the song, Busbee.
“Busbee flew to St. Louis, got a studio and was in there with Carrie,” Keith revealed, admitting that he then took breaks in between filming his new music video in order to “FaceTime and check in with them.”
But while we’ll have to wait until Keith Urban’s tenth studio album, Ripcord, drops next month to hear exactly how “The Fighter” turned out, Urban did drop a few hints as to what fans can expect from the song in the new Taste of Country Nights interview.
According to the site, Underwood and Urban’s collaboration is “a disco-influenced, jazzy country love song that finds two lovers in conversation” that Keith revealed was lyrically inspired by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor’s 2015 hit, “Marvin Gaye,” and Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”
Keith previously teased his duet with Carrie Underwood in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this month, where he admitted that he “can’t wait” for the world to hear Underwood’s first duet since she teamed-up with Christian artist Michael W. Smith on the Christmas ballad “All Is Well” in 2014.
“I’ve always loved singing with her,” Keith said of Underwood, “We had written this song, ‘The Fighter,’ that needed a female voice and Carrie’s voice immediately came to mind. I can’t wait for people to hear it — and hope that we get to do it live.”
Carrie Underwood has so far stayed mum on “The Fighter,” though she hasn’t exactly been shy about her and Keith’s mutual admiration for each other in the past.
Underwood previously admitted that she thinks Urban is actually the sexiest man in country music in a 2014 interview with Us Weekly, while her husband of almost six years, NHL star Mike Fisher, is the sexiest man she knows.
“Well, my husband is the sexiest man I know of and he listens to a lot of country music and he knows the words to more country songs than I do. Does that count? I mean, Mike really is the sexiest to me,” Carrie previously told the site.
“I guess, if I had to say a country star then … maybe Keith Urban?” Underwood said, joking, “I don’t mean that in a flirtatious way.”
“Keith is just so talented and so good with a guitar,” Underwood continued to Us Weekly at the time, before revealing that one of the things that makes Urban so attractive is that he’s “so in love with his wife,” Nicole Kidman.
And it sounds like Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban will have a whole lot more time to gush over each other later this year, as Urban recently announced that Carrie will be joining him when his Ripcord world tour hits Australia this December.
Are you looking forward to hearing Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban’s new duet, “The Fighter?”
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