It’s been the buzzworthy topic since Keith Urban performed “Female” on the CMA Awards Nov. 8.
We’ve heard how the lyric of the song — co-written by Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally — was inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations. But the positive, empowering words impacted Keith Urban, the father of two little girls, so strongly that not only did he have to record it, he invited two strong women to join him on it.
One of them was wife Nicole Kidman.
“She’s on there with Nicolle Galyon, who also wrote the song,” Keith tells the Associated Press. “I thought it was nice and very personal to blend these girls into the song because it felt very, very right. That’s what the song means to me.”
Nicolle Galyon, who also co-wrote Keith’s hit “We Were Us,” is no stranger to the recording studio, but neither is Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-winning actress recorded and performed her own parts in the hit movie “Moulin Rouge.” In addition, she recorded a cover of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra song, “Something Stupid,” with Robbie Williams.
Although many are focusing on the song’s message regarding sexual misconduct because of the line, “When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it just because she was wearing a skirt,” Keith says the message of the song is much more complex than just that. “There’s a lot of facets in the song, particularly the chorus of the song is absolute pure celebration of females,” he says. “It’s beautiful. I heard the song more as almost like a soul-gospel-spiritual mantra.”
We see it as damn good.