Keith Urban Explains How He Recruited Eric Church for His Cinematic New Single, “Raise ‘Em Up”

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban first heard "Raise 'Em Up" when a Nashville publisher sent it to him in an email with the subject line, "Song of the Year." Keith thought that was a "tall order" for any song to live up to, but he realized "Raise 'Em Up" was something special when he saw the hit writers who collaborated on it. Between them, they've penned #1 hits for Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Keith and many more.

Keith says of the song, "The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary of all the things that ‘'Raise 'Em Up" can apply to. I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to the song too, particularly in the second verse."

The song played out like a movie in Keith's head, which is why he wanted to bring in his pal Eric Church to turn "Raise 'Em Up" into a duet.

"It’s such a cinematic song as well, and I’ve always considered Eric to be a very cinematic artist," Keith explains, "and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I'm so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place."

"Raise 'Em Up" is the latest single from Keith's album, Fuse, available now.

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Keith Urban Explains How He Recruited Eric Church for His Cinematic New Single, “Raise ‘Em Up”

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban first heard "Raise 'Em Up" when a Nashville publisher sent it to him in an email with the subject line, "Song of the Year." Keith thought that was a "tall order" for any song to live up to, but he realized "Raise 'Em Up" was something special when he saw the hit writers who collaborated on it. Between them, they've penned #1 hits for Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Keith and many more.

Keith says of the song, "The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary of all the things that ‘'Raise 'Em Up" can apply to. I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to the song too, particularly in the second verse."

The song played out like a movie in Keith's head, which is why he wanted to bring in his pal Eric Church to turn "Raise 'Em Up" into a duet.

"It’s such a cinematic song as well, and I’ve always considered Eric to be a very cinematic artist," Keith explains, "and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I'm so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place."

"Raise 'Em Up" is the latest single from Keith's album, Fuse, available now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Sam Hunt to perform "Take Your Time" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

Condolences to Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, whose wife, Dixie, passed away at age 80 on Friday. They were married for 46 years and co-wrote the song, "All That's Left," on Miranda Lambert's latest album, Platinum, among many other songs.

Dierks Bentley and his band are taking their love for '80s and '90s country to the next level with their new band of alter-egos, Hot Country Knights. Dierks is taking on the persona of Douglas "Big Rhythm Doug" Douglason and sporting a blonde mullet wig in photos posted to their Facebook page. They're playing a private show in Nashville as Hot Country Knights next month during the annual Country Radio Seminar.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Sam Hunt to perform "Take Your Time" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

Condolences to Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, whose wife, Dixie, passed away at age 80 on Friday. They were married for 46 years and co-wrote the song, "All That's Left," on Miranda Lambert's latest album, Platinum, among many other songs.

Dierks Bentley and his band are taking their love for '80s and '90s country to the next level with their new band of alter-egos, Hot Country Knights. Dierks is taking on the persona of Douglas "Big Rhythm Doug" Douglason and sporting a blonde mullet wig in photos posted to their Facebook page. They're playing a private show in Nashville as Hot Country Knights next month during the annual Country Radio Seminar.

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Kip Moore Rooting for the Seattle Seahawks Media-Shy Running Back Marshawn Lynch in NFL Playoffs

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleAll eyes are on the NFL Playoffs this weekend as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers for a shot the Super Bowl. Country singer Kip Moore has been paying close attention to the playoffs, and he's very excited to watch the Seahawks' media-shy running back Marshawn Lynch on the field Sunday.

The NFL fined Lynch $100,000 for not submitting to media interviews. Now that Lynch is granting interviews, he often answers every question with the same response.  Kip doesn't think Lynch's interviews matter at game time, though.

“I’m a huge fan of Marshawn Lynch," Kip says. "I know that he gets so much flak for how he’s so bad with the media, but there’s no one in the NFL that plays harder than Marshawn Lynch. I respect watching that so, so much. I have a feeling that Marshawn Lynch might run his way to another Super Bowl.”

The Indianapolis Colts are up against the New England Patriots this Sunday for the other spot in the Super Bowl. As for Kip Moore, his new single, "I'm to Blame," will debut on country radio next month.

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