Keith Urban & Eric Church Join Together to ‘Raise ‘Em Up’

Keith Urban, Eric ChurchKeith Urban and Eric Church premiered their music video “Raise ‘Em Up,” on March 30 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

“My favorite part of this video were the candid moments that were captured between Keith and I on film,” Church said in a press release. “It’s cool that a number of those made it in the final version. To me, they really reify the emotion of the moment and experience.”

“Some of the idea for this video started with me playing with my phone one day, filming our girls jumping in slow motion,” Urban added. “That’s all that they were doing, just jumping up in the air in slo mo. We put ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ on and were watching this film of our girls and they just went together beautifully. It was so simple, and emotional, and it captured some of the spirit of what I feel is at the heart of this song.”

Vince Gill is Now, Officially, an Icon


Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Keith Urban, and Nicole Kidman BMI Awards

In Nashville last night (Nov. 4),  Vince Gill became (more of an) Icon when he received the prestigious BMI Icon Award.

The ceremony included not only emotion-filled speeches but also one-of-a-kind performances by Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe and the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald.

Urban performed Gill’s 1992 No. 1 single “I Still Believe In You” and 1991’s upbeat “Liza Jane.” McDonald performed  “When I Call Your Name,” and Monroe sang Gill’s  ballad of unrequited love, “Whenever You Come Around.”

Listen Below to Ashley Monroe and Keith Urban.

In an Instagram post after the event, Monroe called the performance “one of the highlights of my life,” as she not only got to sing the song to Gill, she also did so accompanied by Urban.

This Day in Music History — October 3

1965 : Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.

1969 : Gwen Stefani was born.

1992 : Sinead O’Connor, who is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II, saying, “Fight the real enemy.” She is banned from the show and later becomes a priest, although the Catholic church does not recognize her Order.

2001 : Keith Urban goes home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award – roughly the equivalent to a Grammy in the U.S. Urban receives the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of sales and chart success in the U.S.

2004 : VH1 holds its first Hip Hop Honors, giving awards to DJ Hollywood, DJ Kool Herc,KRS-One, Public Enemy (who also perform), Rock Steady Crew, Run-DMC, Tupac and Sugarhill Gang.