Keith Urban made a loud and powerful statement at the CMA Awards last night when he performed his single “Female” for the first time ever, which was written in response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.
In the past, I was never a country music fan, but I think the music is changing from what it used to be when I was younger, or maybe it is just because I am getting old. It could be a little of both.
I have started to like many country songs and singers. My favorite country singer is Keith Urban. I love his voice, his Australian accent, his persona, his story and he is very handsome. What blue eyes he has! That does help too, of course. I won’t add that he is sexy, because that would not be appropriate. Oops. I just said it. I am sorry. I could not help myself. Obviously, I am a Keith Urban fan. I love him. That is a strong word, but you know me.
I love a lot. I love the word love. I love to love.
Last night I watched the CMA’s (Country Music Awards). I did fast forward through a few parts, but I still watched the CMA’s last night and I enjoyed it, especially Keith Urban.
My Keith stood in the center of the stage and beautifully, gently and gingerly
sang the song while he played his guitar. The lyrics were shown on the stage behind him and they were quite beautiful and powerful lyrics.
I love the song “Female” by Keith Urban. It is my new favorite song and I love Keith Urban, even more after his powerful performance.
“What beautiful blue eyes you have, my dear Keith Urban,” I said to him mesmerized by his good looks, beautiful bluest of blue eyes, Australian accent, fame, talent, kindness and so much more.
Keith Urban to Debut ‘Female,’ Weinstein Response Song, at CMA Awards
If “Female,” written by Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman and co-produced by Urban with Copperman and Dann Huff, feels particularly topical in timing, that’s because it is: Urban heard the song for the first time three weeks ago, and it clearly resonated at a moment when so many women – including his own wife, Nicole Kidman – are speaking out about the epidemic of abuse, harassment and assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Officially released today, “Female” explores consent, gender roles and even hints at a Beyoncé track: “When you hear a song that they play sayin’ you run the world, do you believe it?”
“The writers wrote this song on October 10th and I heard it the next day,” Urban tells Rolling Stone Country. Notably, that date is less than a week from when the original exposé on Weinstein was published by The New York Times. “I got to hear it fresh out of the oven, and it was instant love for me. I know all three of the writers and I think obviously the tone of the times right now was weighing on all of them, and compelled them to write this song. It affected me not just as a husband but also as a father of two young girls, and a son. I had a heart reaction – my first thought was that it was a gospel soul prayer mantra, all rolled into one.”
One of Urban’s favorite lines is also the song’s most cutting moment, which directly addresses the culture of consent. “When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it/Just cause she was wearing a skirt,” he sings, “Oh is that how that works?” “It’s extraordinary songwriting,” Urban says about that lyric. “It’s tricky to not just be out on a soap box.” Still, in a climate where the first female presidential nominee lost the election to a man accused of sexual assault, the pay gap prevails and women barely make a dent at country radio, “Female” is as much of a social statement as it is a personal celebration.
“Female” is dedicated not just to the women in Urban’s life but also to the power they inherently hold yet are so often denied – and the hardships they encounter just by virtue of their gender.