Keith Urban Praises Ed Sheeran For His Honest Songwriting

While naming off a few of his favorite artists, Keith Urban didn’t hesitate to point to the honesty in Ed Sheeran’s songwriting.

By Admin on May 2, 2018
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Keith Urban and Ed Sheeran collaborated together for “Parallel Line” off Keith’s new album, Graffiti U.

The experience gave Keith a close-up look at Ed’s songwriting ability. The country star told Rolling Stone:

“Ed is one of the really few guys who will put his heart on his sleeve. He has no problem in being vulnerable. The fears that us guys have about getting our heart broken by somebody, we never talk about that. That’s what I love so much about Ed, his willingness to be honest.”

He also named Julia Michaels, another album collaborator, as a great songwriter. Julia wrote four songs off the album and features on “Coming Home.”

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She also co-wrote “Gemini,” a song about Keith’s wife, Nicole Kidman, with Justin Trantor. Keith said that the two asked about his wife while they were writing the song:

“I told them more about my wife and I said, ‘She is Gemini, but she’s not a contradiction. She can roll with things.’ And there was the opening line right there. It was quite therapeutic to get it all out.”

When Julia wrote the line, “She’s a maniac in the bed / But a brainiac in her head,” Keith initially pushed back:

“My first reaction was, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I’d say that.’ And she goes, ‘You pretty much just did.'” Again, it’s really one of the things I love about the way she writes. It’s unfiltered. It’s pure. It’s truth. It was such a playful song, that in the context of that kind of song, which is super sexy to begin with, it just went together for me.”

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