So Keith teased us a little about a new song coming out today and I wasn’t sure if he’d just debut it at the CMA Awards or just release it. He released it earlier today and it’s so powerful. Keith told Billboard that
“As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways. And as a son — my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.”
“When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it
Just cause she was wearing a skirt
Now is that how it works?
When somebody talks about how it was Adam first
Does that make you second best?
Or did he save the best for last?”
Rumour is he’ll be performing this one for the first time tonight at the CMA Awards…I got CHILLS the first time I listened to this. What do you think?
“I got to hear it fresh out of the oven, and it was instant love for me. I know all three of [the writers] and I think obviously the tone of times right now was weighing on all of them, and compelled them to write this song. It affected me not just as a husband but also as a father of two young girls, and a son. I had a heart reaction – my first thought was that it was a gospel soul prayer mantra, all rolled into one.”
He actually heard it about a month ago and recorded it on Halloween. Keith goes on to say he’s been working hard on his new album and this might not even be considered the “first single” from his new project, but just a song that needed to be heard right now. It’s said to be a direct response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal and the #MeToo movement on social media.
Here’s some of the reaction the song has been getting since it was released earlier today.
Female // Keith Urban 😍😍 100% worth the listen— madison richards✨ (@_madisonskyler) November 8, 2017
If you haven’t heard Female by Keith Urban you need to hear it now— Kiley Silvey (@kileymichele) November 8, 2017
Keith Urban just NAILED it out of the park with Female 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼— Em (@sloan_em) November 8, 2017
The writers of the song Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Nicole Galyon started writing it as the Weinstein story was first gaining traction in early October, which was also just after the tragedy in Las Vegas. Copperman told Billboard
“After Vegas, to be honest, I haven’t wanted to do anything other than write songs that make an impact. So that’s all I’ve been doing. We got to talking that day, and then Shane McAnally was like, ‘I’ve had this title in my phone a long time — I’ve never known how to do it — called ‘Female.’ Me and Nicolle were like, ‘Uh, yes, we’re doing that.’ We thought the best way to write it was to just list things in the chorus.”