Keith Urban’s new single, “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood, made its broadcast debut at the Grammy Awards last night (Feb. 12) as Keith and Carrie teamed up for a performance of the song. Carrie and Keith have also joined forces for a new video for the tune, which features the former tourmates showing off their vocals as well as their dance moves. The video is available on YouTube for 24 hours.
“The Fighter,” which is the fifth single from Keith’s Ripcord album, is his first-ever duet with Carrie. The tune is built on spacey guitars, sweeping waves of synth and a futuristic Top 40 feel, but its theme is all country: a question-and-answer story about a girl making sure her commitment to a new love isn’t a mistake.
“It’s just real,” Keith says to Nash Country Daily. “Some of the lines in the song I’ve said and heard before.”
After writing the tune with busbee, Keith knew it needed a commanding female presence and Carrie’s voice seemed perfect for the job.
“We toured together a long time back [before our recent December 2016 tour], and watching her sing I feel like I know a lot about her voice and her style and how she does what she does, where her tone is and what she’s capable of doing,” Keith said. “I love hearing her in that context, too. She hasn’t even begun to explore what her talent can do yet, in my opinion.”
“I loved the song when I first heard it and was excited to work with Keith on new music,” said Carrie in a statement. “I had such a great time touring Australia and New Zealand with him in December, and can’t wait to perform ‘The Fighter’ on the Grammys.”
Watch the new video—while you can—below.