How the Oscar-winning actress upstairs ended up on Keith Urban’s "Female"

ABC/Image Group LA When Keith Urban first heard the demo recording of his latest hit, “Female,” he immediately loved the song and the arrangement. But the Australian superstar still felt there was something missing:  namely, his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.

“[Songwriter] Nicolle Galyon had these beautiful female vocal colors in the song -- really beautiful parts,” he explains. “We left 'em, just as they were on the demo. But I thought, this is one of the songs that would be great to have Nic come sing  as well. Of all songs, it's the right one.”

Thanks to the convenience of working at home, it was easy to make the collaboration happen.

“Because I have a studio at my house and we were working at home,” Keith says, “I went upstairs, and she was home, and I said, 'Can you come down and sing these parts as well?' So she came down and sang, and we just blended her and Nicolle Galyon together on the exact same parts.”

Nicolle Galyon also wrote Keith’s hit with Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us.” “Female” is the lead single from Keith’s forthcoming album, which is expected sometime this year.

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