Keith Urban Tributes Dream Chasers With New Single, ‘Wild Hearts’

This anthem is built around his real backstory.

Written by Chris Parton
Keith Urban Tributes Dream Chasers With New Single, ‘Wild Hearts’
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 16: Keith Urban speaks onstage during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 16, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The ACM Awards airs on September 16, 2020 with some live and some prerecorded segments. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)

They say luck favors the bold, and with his new single “Wild Hearts,” Keith Urban tributes those who put that wisdom to the test.

Filled with make-it-happen energy and inspiring lyrics, the autobiographical anthem traces Urban’s path to stardom, urging others to follow his lead.

Co-written by Urban with Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, Runaway June’s Jennifer Wayne and solo artist Eric Paslay, “Wild Hearts” might as well be Urban’s personal theme song — and features a story the writers know by heart. Built on a driving pop-country beat and an organic, guitar-driven melody, the up-tempo anthem is all about making dreams happen — whatever they may be — and its defining trait may be the electric undercurrent of possibility. That’s a message Urban has been preaching for years, but this time, it’s his actual life story.

The opening lines reflect the real story of Urban’s first concert (Johnny Cash) and how his father’s reaction inspired the future superstar. After chasing his own dreams from Australia to the U.S., he knows that believing in yourself can pay off.

“I’m here to tell you anything can happen in this life if you got the heart and the passion and a God-lit fire inside,” Urban says in a statement.

“This goes out to the drifters/ And all of the dreamers / Ready to fly / All those born to be rock stars / Keep lifting your guitars / And painting the sky / Can you hear me? / All of you lost ones who aren’t really lost ones / Keep shining your light / This goes out to the wild cards, who’s got a wild heart? / Just like mine,” goes the blood pumping chorus.

Follows his Top 10 duet with P!nk, “One Too Many,” and is not featured on his 2020 album, The Speed of Now Part 1. There’s no word on whether or not it’s part of an upcoming Part 2 project or not, and after releasing “Out the Cage” (featuring Breland and Nile Rodgers) last spring, Keith Urban is also featured on Breland’s “Throw It Back.”

As of now, he’s expected to return to the stage this fall with a handful of U.S. dates and the more shows from his Las Vegas residency, and will launch The Speed Of Now World Tour in Australia in December.