Keith Urban Releases Uncompromising 'Female' Single

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Ross Copperman, who has written songs for Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan, was named BMI country songwriter of the year for the second year in a row.

Bringing the issues to light in a slow-tuned, lighthearted fashion, Urban pulled out his guitar and all of the kindness he feels toward women for a liberating song to celebrate each and every one.

"For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it's incredible how now I'm surrounded by girls", he adds. "The song just hit me for so many reasons". But as Copperman tells Billboard, the October 1 massacre at country festival Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas also had an influence on their writing session. "So that's all I've been doing. We got to talking that day, and then Shane McAnally was like, 'I've had this title in my phone a long time - I've never known how to do it - called 'Female.' Me and Nicolle were like, 'Uh, yes, we're doing that.' We thought the best way to write it was to just list things in the chorus".

"I am far, far from a ideal human being", Urban told the group of songwriters and artists. "Or is it 'Mother Nature?'" Urban says rhetorically. The song really touched me for women of all ages and all walks of life. In fact, "Female" obliquely references another of those songs: Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)". "So this song speaks to me on a lot of levels", he said.

Keith Urban was quick to act on recording and releasing his brand-new single, "Female".

Despite the song's potential impact and Urban's own possible victories during the awards, his CMA presentation of "Female" will be intentionally understated. "I have always wanted to give back", he said.

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