Keith Urban: The Song He Calls ‘Sexy As Hell’
Keith Urban’s latest single, “Brown Eyes Baby,” is sitting inside the Top 15 on the country charts this week. Keith told us he was immediately drawn to it when he first heard it.
Urban said, “I love songs that are looking to bring out the best in somebody and bring somebody back to life, you know. The songs that I’ve loved that have done that for me, that give me hope and lift me up and see me for who I can be, those kinds of songs, those kinds of people really, which is what ‘Brown Eyes Baby’ is, and it’s just sexy. It’s sexy as hell. (laughs) I love that song.”
While he performs his 2010 song “Without You,” footage from the Australian wedding flashes on an oversized screen, giving fans a glimpse of the nuptials. Keith said, “I wanted to do it in a very organic way and find the right song. It was really more about choosing to do that song, ‘Without You,’ and how that felt like the right time for that.”
Urban added that he got permission from his wife to air “just a little bit” of video from that day. He noted, “I don’t know if that’s her favorite song, but it was the right one for the footage.”
Keith loves to keep things spontaneous in his Las Vegas show and often takes requests from the audience and plays songs on the post. At a recent, a fan requested that he perform Air Supply’s “All Out of Love,” a song Urban played in 1983 on the Australian TV talent show New Faces. He played it, but it had been a while. Urban said, “I couldn’t believe I remembered the words. I probably haven’t sung that song since I was 16. I have a sick memory for song lyrics. It’s ridiculous, like, pretty ridiculous. I literally will not have played a song in 20 years, and I’ll pick up a guitar and start playing it, and the words just come. I’m literally going, ‘How do I know these words?'”