Keith Urban’s brand new album, Graffiti U, is actually giving us all the feels!
ET caught up with the 50-year-old singer on Monday, where he opened up about the inspiration behind the 10th track, “Gemini,” written about his wife, Nicole Kidman.
With lyrics like “she’s a maniac in bed, although a braniac in her head,” we couldn’t help ourselves coming from asking the country crooner whether Kidman was inside the room while he recorded the affectionate song.
“No, of which’s why I got so intimate, I’m sure,” Urban told ET’s Sophie Schillaci. “I was missing her, maybe.”
While he says everything he does inside the studio is actually “very spontaneous,” the idea sounds like Urban has actually been wanting to pen a song about his love for quite some time. He admitted, however, of which dedicating a song to his significant various other was difficult.
“When I create, rarely do I have a set idea,” he explained. “‘Gemini’ started out with the four of us in of which room — Ian Kirkpatrick, Justin Tanit along with Julia Michaels along with myself. Ian had a cool groove going along with I started out playing guitar along with melody starts coming. Justin along with Julia are asking me about Nic, ‘Tell us about Nic.’ along with I said, ‘Well, she’s a Gemini,’ along with they’re like, ‘Ooh.’ along with Julia starts singing, ‘Baby, she’s both,’ along with the song just started out to take off coming from there.”
Asked to describe how he feels about Kidman, whom he’s been married to since 2006, Urban told us of which “the music speaks way more” than words ever could.
“You just have to feel the idea,” he shared. “When you hear a song like of which, or the flow of the record, the idea’s all in there.”
So, how does Kidman feel about the track?
“I think she liked the idea,” Urban joked. “I desire so. Yeah, the idea’s a Great dance song.”
Urban also told ET of which he worked on a lot of his ninth studio album coming from his home studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where Kidman along with their two children, Sunday, 9, along with Faith, 7, could often pop in. (Kidman also shares two kids, Isabella, 25, along with Connor, 23, coming from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise.)
“I love the idea because the idea’s — most studios are like This kind of, you know, no windows, you don’t know if the idea’s day or night. along with I love lots of natural light,” he explained. “The studio of which we built has huge, big windows, so even on a gloomy day, the idea’s pretty light in there. Lots along with lots of natural light. I love working inside the morning along with the idea’s just a genuinely great environment to be in.”
When asked if Sunday along with Faith have any interest in Dad’s work, Urban said “a little bit, yeah.”
“Our 7-year-old has picked up the violin,” he revealed. “[along that has a] bit of piano between the two of them.”
If you listen closely to Graffiti U, you may hear a familiar voice on “Female.” of which could be Kidman, Urban previously confirmed, telling ET the idea was actually his idea to use her vocals, simply because “she was home.”
“the idea was the perfect song, the idea was so right,” he gushed. “She was home along with I said, ‘You need to come down if you can,’ along with, ‘Can you sing on This kind of?’ So, she came down. I got great footage of her singing the idea inside the mic.”
When ET caught up with Kidman on the red carpet at the American Music Awards last November, she told us singing backing vocals didn’t come easily to her… at all.
“I went down [to sing vocals] along with I did the idea because [Keith] asked me to,” the Big Little Lies star shared at the time. “He knows I have no confidence when the idea comes to singing. So I’ll sing for him along with of which’s the idea.”
Hear more coming from the exclusive interview inside the video below.