Keith Urban thanks wife Nicole Kidman for inspiring the No. 1 song 'The Fighter'
Keith Urban also thanked Carrie Underwood, his collaborator on the song, for being "so real and vulnerable" in the duet
Keith Urban is grateful to his wife - and his muse - Nicole Kidman for being the inspiration behind his song 'The Fighter' on which he collaborated with singer Carrie Underwood and American songwriter busbee (Michael James Ryan Busbee). The trio met at the Back Corner, Nashville on Monday to celebrate their chart-topping, CMA-nominated duet, about which busbee said, "It was one of those natural days, We walked into a room and we were able to pull stuff out of the sky. That was one of those days."
Urban on his part thanked Kidman for helping him conceive the song during one of their conversations before they got married. The singer revealed that in the conversation he was trying to assure the actress that he was a "good bet."
“I was a safe place and I would take care of her, and she could remain vulnerable and precious and that I would try and keep the world away from her so she didn’t have to be hardened."
Urban said he tried keeping Nicole from developing a thick skin just for survival's sake as he wanted her to be free and real.
He explained, "I think you should be vulnerable and be a spirit and be real, and if people would stop being so harsh, especially to ourselves, then we wouldn’t have to have thick skins. We could just be a little more what we are, which is pure spirit and fragile and real. Real human beings. Real people.”
He said that this is where the line in the song, "When they’re trying to get to you baby I’ll be the fighter" came from. "So this song was born of that...It was born of that. Because I don't want her to get thick-skinned. 'When they're trying to get to you baby, I'll be the fighter,' is really what that thing was about. So I thank my wife for that."
Urban also praised Underwood for being so willing to be vulnerable for the song's sake. He said, "It’s not a given that every female will say, ‘What if I fall? What if I get scared?’ Bless you, for saying that in a song because so many people won’t say that because they think they have to be tough … and you were willing to do that. I can't thank you enough for being willing to be vulnerable for this song.”
Underwood was thankful for being a part of such a song. "I'm honored just to be able to work with such talent...And the one thing that I've already said about Keith to other people, you've just been doing this. You're a pro – you've just been doing this for a long time. But every time I've been around him he is always listening to new music and he's like, 'What else is new out there? What's going on?' He's a consumer, a lover of music and I just respect that so much and [is] such a great example to the rest of us, just to, how do we grow? And how do we keep pushing ourselves and how do we keep getting better?"