April 1, 2009 — Keith Urban released Defying Gravity this week in what worked out as part of a highly productive cycle.
Following his previous album, 2006's Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing, he went into rehab, then hit the road for a very lengthy tour. By the time he was finally able to clear some space on his schedule, he was ready to start the whole process of making music and touring all over again.
"I felt a lot of clarity in making this record," Keith told Billboard. "I was just ready to go in and make great music. It had been two years since I did Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing, and since that record we toured so much, and I came into a phase where I was just writing a lot of music. It was a real creative time, and I was just anxious to get in the studio and try to capture it all."
The album's first single, "Sweet Thing," has already gone to No. 1, and "Kiss A Girl" has found its way into country's Top 20. Keith has already won Vocal Event of the Year — shared with Brad Paisley for "Start A Band" — in the upcoming "44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards", and he's eligible for two more trophies Sunday, including Entertainer of the Year. He's also set to perform in Monday's taping of "George Strait: ACM Artist Of The Decade, An All Star Concert Special," which airs on CBS May 27. By that time, Keith will have launched his Escape Together World Tour.
"I'm going to put a lot of songs from this album into the set because it's a predominantly uptempo record, which makes for a great live show," he told Billboard. "And hopefully we'll try to up the production. I'm always trying for more connectiveness with the audience. I'm trying to get down among the audience and have them feel like they're part of the thing, and to keep it spontaneous every night because everybody tends to like surprises. That's my job."