It’s no secret that Kaylee Bell is a huge fan of Keith Urban, who’s stage she shared on his 2014 Light The Fuse and 2016 ripCORD World Tours. Kaylee now issues the ultimate tribute with her new single Keith, released today, along with the accompanying live-performance video taken from her new years’ Top Paddock festival set.
The song is a rousing celebration of Keith Urban’s music and career, whose path to country music superstar status has been a source of inspiration for this fellow ‘small town’ girl. Kaylee uses a collection of Urban’s song titles to inspire a simple relatable story of young love.
Kaylee explains how the song came together:
"Keith was a song that I had the idea for in my sleep, and still features some of the lyrics that I recorded into my phone that night. I sat on the idea for over a year as I hadn’t really settled on how to bring the song to life, but in Nashville last year, while recording with Lindsay, I took the idea to a writing session with he and Phil Barton (One More Shot). The song really wrote itself and was one of the best writing days I’ve had in Nashville.” While Keith draws a ton of inspiration from Urban’s recordings, the song is also an ode to the significance of music as it ties into our past. “Music connects us to moments and memories through our life,” Kaylee shares; “the song feels real to me as I connect a lot to it lyrically as it takes me back to being 16 and falling in love for the first time.”
Along with Kaylee’s all-time favourite Keith Urban song, Somebody Like You, 11 other song titles are subtly worked into the song’s narrative: Somewhere in Your Car, Long Hot Summer, Raise ‘Em Up, Days Go By, Wasted Time, Little Bit of Everything, Making Memories, We Were Us, Look Good in My Shirt, Once in a Lifetime Love, You'll Think of Me.