Keith Urban Scores A #1 With ‘Coming Home’

Keith Urban’s “Coming Home,” featuring Julia Michaels, has entered the top of the Mediabase Country chart this week, marking Keith’s 24th trip to No. 1. The song, which he co-wrote with Julia, as well as J.R. Rotem, Nicolle Galyon and the late Merle Haggard, is the first chart-topper from his latest album, Graffiti U. Keith wrote “Coming Home” based on a guitar lick he loved from Merle Haggard‘s 1968 No. 1 hit, “Mama Tried.”

“I wanted to write something from that famous guitar lick in that song, and we took it from Haggard’s record, sort of manipulated it a little bit and put some new chords around it and wrote this music track,” says Keith. “What became the chorus was almost stream of conscious when I was listening to the track. I just wrote ‘There’s a place that I know where they all know me/I gotta get back now to the ones who love me/wrap myself around you/never let you go/there’s nothing in the world that feels like Coming Home.’ And it all just came out, and that’s what Merle’s guitar lick made me feel, so it was a very important part of the song.”

Keith takes his Graffiti U World Tour to Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (August 10th), followed by a show in Bristow, Virginia on Saturday (August 11th) and Virginia Beach on Sunday (August 12th).