Keith Urban Delivered an Empassioned Performance of “Burden” at ACM Awards

“a song I wanted to capture and shape”


Shania Twang

15 April 2019

Shania Twang

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“‘Burden’ is a song that I wanted to capture and shape in the way that I was feeling it in my heart – and if we did that, to share it straight away,” said Urban. “It’s not like it’s a brand new single, it’s a song that moved me, that I decided to record, with the hope that other people might like it too.”

Keith Urban performed “Burden,” on the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards tonight, a song originally written and recorded by well-known Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance.  The four-time GRAMMY Award© winner’s emotionally charged impassioned performance marks the digital-only release of a song as Urban says “came together really fast.”  He adds, “so in this situation, with technology as it is today, and with the ability for artists to share music in real-time, I decided to get this song out there.”

“Burden” can be streamed now at http://strm.to/Burden.

Recorded in Nashville with co-producer Dave Cobb, the song is a “beautifully written, minimalist prayer” that Urban says spoke to him.  “Like the paint that’s drying on a heart that’s broke.  Let me carry your burden.”

“The brevity of the song spoke to me,” added Urban.  “As someone that has needed to hear that song in my life and needed to hear that offered to me and as someone that wanted to offer that thought to someone else. I love songs that speak to the human condition of struggle and the idea that ‘it’s okay, I can help you…let me carry your burden.”

It’s currently unknown if “Burden” will appear on Urban’s next full-length LP. His most recent radio hit was “Never Comin’ Down,” the fourth single from the 2018 album Graffiti U.

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