Keith Urban Debut ‘Female,’ Weinstein Response Song, at CMA Awards
In country music, the lack of female representation on the radio is often a palpable undertone, particularly during otherwise celebratory occasions like the CMA Awards – but at the CMA last night, Keith Urban showed how he’s not afraid to tackle that elephant head-on with his new song, “Female.”
A tender ballad he performed at during the awards telecast, “Female” is dedicated not just to the women in Urban’s life but also to the power they inherently hold yet are so often denied – and the hardships they encounter just by virtue of their gender.
If “Female,” written by Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman and co-produced by Urban with Copperman and Dann Huff, feels particularly topical in timing, that’s because it is: Urban heard the song for the first time three weeks ago, and it clearly resonated at a moment when so many women – including his own wife, Nicole Kidman – are speaking out about the epidemic of abuse, harassment and assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Officially released today, “Female” explores consent, gender roles and even hints at a Beyoncé track: “When you hear a song that they play sayin’ you run the world, do you believe it?”
“When I heard this song, I felt very strong about the spirit in the song,” Urban told Fox News on the red carpet at the 51st Country Music Associated Awards.
“I’m in the middle of making my record but when I heard that song, I just pushed everything to the side,” he told us.
“I said, ‘I really want to record this song right now.”
Urban said the song “really, really hit me.”
At Tuesday night’s BMI Awards, Urban said “Female” is a song that champions women. He said it is especially poignant for him as he’s constantly around the opposite sex. The country star is married to award-winning actress Nicole Kidman and is the father to two daughters.
“I am surrounded by females in my life. I grew up in a house with boys, no sisters. Now I am in a house that’s all girls. So this song speaks to me on a lot of levels,” he said.
If you haven’t yet heard this tender and beautifully written composition, wait no more an listen to the country crooner do magic to this
Urban, who will be a featured speaker at 2018’s South by Southwest conference, will next appear as part of Country Rising on November 12th, a benefit concert to support victims of the Las Vegas shooting as well as those in need of hurricane relief in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Nominated in five categories at tonight’s CMA Awards, Urban is also up for the evening’s biggest prize: Entertainer of the Year.