Keith Urban is back with a music video for his latest single “We Were,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Sept. 10).
Urban’s first single of 2019 gets the video treatment after its early May release and following 2018’s Graffiti U and its accompanying world tour. The candlelit black and white monochrome visual, embellished with red and yellow animation, features a contemplative Urban reminiscing on adolescence. The stripped back song’s imagery is rich, forming a complementary pair with the laid back music video.
“I’ve been playing a stripped down solo acoustic version of the song all summer — it’s so well-written that it lends itself to that Bluebird Café-type simplicity,” Urban tells Billboard, even name-checking the intimate Nashville performance venue that feels tailored to the song’s vibe.
Urban extends the collaborative environment that led to the song, which was co-written by Ryan Tyndell, Jeff Hyde and Eric Church and co-produced by Urban and Dan Huff, with the all-inclusive video.
“When it came to shooting a video for this version it felt right to gather up a couple of the guys in my band and keep it just as simple,” he says.
The acoustic version of the song and the music video were recorded on the same day and in the same studio in Nashville.
Watch the reflective music video for “We Were,” out via Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville.