“Coming Home” is the newest release from Urban’s highly-anticipated album, Graffiti U. Some of the music from the track will sound familiar because he sampled a favorite Haggard song, “Mama Tried.”
“‘Coming Home'” started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs, ‘Mama Tried,’ to build an entirely new song around it. Then, I took the idea to J.R. Rotem and he put some chords around it. I jotted down the first words that the music made me feel, jumped on a mic and sang the chorus.”
“Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood and my dream to come to America. I knew right then the story [of the song] was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home — wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.”
Michaels, who may be best known for her smash hit “Issues,” lent her voice and her songwriting abilities to the track.
“Julia’s writing contribution extended into the idea of the need to want to physically be home,” Urban explains. “She summed up the whole story in one sentence, ‘Yeah, I know it’s only one call away, but it’s not the same.’ For me, that simple phrase said so much, especially when she sang it!”
Before he could put the finishing touches on the song, Urban had to call Theresa and Ben Haggard to get their approval. Urban says, “It was important to me to have their blessing — and I’m so grateful that they love the song.”
Check out the new single, “Coming Home,” below. Let us know what you think of the new song in the comments section.