Keith Urban Brings Wistful 'We Were' to 2019 CMT Music Awards

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for CMT 
Keith Urban performs at the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. 

After taking home a CMT Music Award for a different track earlier in the evening, country superstar Keith Urban swaggered to the stage on Wednesday night (June 5) to present his touching new single, “We Were.”

With walls of lights propped up behind him and the crowd pushed up to the edge of the stage, Urban offered an intimate performance of his reflective track that touches upon his upbringing. Urban was introduced by pop singer-songwriter Julia Michaels; Urban and Michaels’ tune “Coming Home” earlier won the Collaborative Video of the Year trophy.  

“I like the idea that life just happens,” Urban said in a press statement of “We Were” upon its release last month. “At some point, whether in the moment or not, you just gotta go with it.”

“We Were” represents the country veteran’s first new single since the release of Graffiti U, his 2018 album. The new track was co-written by Eric Church and co-produced by Urban.

See all the winners from the 2019 CMT Music Awards here and view the singer's performance below.