Coming Home.HRKeith Urban released new single “Coming Home,” featuring Julia Michaels which Urban explained started with an idea of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs “Mama Tried.”

“Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood – and my dream to come to America.” added Urban.  “I knew right then the story (of the song) was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home –  wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.”

Of Julia Michaels Urban said, “Julia’s writing contribution extended into the idea of the need to want to physically be home. She summed up the whole story in one sentence.  “Yeah, I know it’s only one call away, but it’s not the same.”  For me, that simple phrase said so much, especially when she sang it!

Added Urban, “I called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard to play them what we’d been working on.  It was important to me to have their blessing- and I’m so grateful that they love the song.”

“Coming Home” was written by Urban, J.R. Rotem, Julia Michaels, Merle Haggard and Nicolle Galyon and was co-produced by Rotem and Urban.

See Keith Urban’s talk at SXSW recently: