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Keith Urban and Julia Michaels Sing ‘Coming Home’ at 53rd ACM Awards

Keith Urban and Julia Michaels combined forces for a special performance of "Coming Home" at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.

Written by Annie Reuter
Keith Urban and Julia Michaels Sing ‘Coming Home’ at 53rd ACM Awards
Keith Urban and Julia Michaels perform at the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS. Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Keith Urban was joined by two-time Grammy award winner Julia Michaels at the 53rd ACM Awards for their new collaboration, “Coming Home.” The Entertainer of the Year nominee and 12-time ACM Awards winner, Urban kicked off the performance alone as images of city streets flashed behind him.

“Nothing in the world feels like coming home,” he sang alongside slick beats and memorable production.

With his electric guitar in hand, Urban sang the majority of his new single alone before Michaels walked out and joined him. Her smoky vocals accentuated the nostalgic tune about wanting to go home, which had Urban’s wife visibly dancing along in the front row.

Keith Urban and Julia Michaels perform at the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS. Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Coming Home” is Urban’s latest single off his forthcoming album, GRAFFITI U. The song credits Merle Haggard as a co-writer as a guitar lick from the late country legend helped to inspire the song.

“’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,” Urban previously explained. “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.”

The feel-good track was highlighted during Urban’s lively performance with Michaels. Urban said it was Michaels’ idea to make the song focus on wanting to physically be home and their convincing performance had this sentiment come across to the audience.