Urban displays "Wild Hearts"
Thursday, August 19, 2021
– Keith Urban is out with a new anthemic single, "Wild Hearts," today.
A few snapshots of Urban's journey are shared in "Wild Hearts," including his first concert with his father (Johnny Cash).
Urban wrote the song with Brad Tursi of Old Dominion, Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June and Eric Paslay. The song is not on any album.
"Wild Hearts" is the follow up to Urban's global smash, his duet with P!nk, "One Too Many." The song was Urban's 43rd top 10 single in the U.S. and his 27th number one in Canada.
While plans for a 2020 U.S. tour were put on hold due to COVID, Urban will return to the stage this summer for a handful of shows in the U.S., including the return of his concerts at Caesars Palace this fall. In December, Urban will launch THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR in Australia and although additional dates have yet to be announced, the hope is to resume in 2022.
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