The 2017 Country Radio Seminar is underway in Nashville and attendees have been treated to a number of special performances from some of Music CIty’s biggest stars.
On Wednesday night (February 22), Keith Urban took the stage at Ford Theater and walked the crowd through the process of making his latest album, Ripcord. Throughout the show, Urban performed stripped-down renditions of many of the albums tunes including his latest release, “The Fighter.”
The up-tempo album cut features Carrie Underwood singing with Urban, but for CRS Urban made the song a one-sided ballad. Accompanied only by his electric guitar, Keith gave the song a new sound making us feel as if we’re hearing the song for the first time.
Underwood and Urban debuted the song on the 2017 Grammy Awards on February 12 to rave reviews. The duet left us wanting to hear more from the duo.
“I loved the idea of the question and answer simplicity of the song,” Keith said of the tune he co-wrote. “We were actually in London at the time and we were working on another song and out of the blue that morning, on the way to that writing session, I had an idea for a duet that really could be taken from a conversation I’ve actually had before in this back-and-forth, boy-girl scenario. The very first thing we both said was ‘Who’s the girl? Who sings the song?’ We both heard Carrie’s voice immediately.”
While we couldn’t have imagined the song to be anything but a duet, Keith’s CRS performance proved that he can make a song anything he wants it to be.
Watch the official video of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s collaboration on “The Fighter” in the video below.