Keith Urban just released the brand new video for his latest single, “God Whispered Your Name.”
The Jennifer Massaux-directed clip compliments the song’s message perfectly. Beginning with Urban alone in what appears to be a dimly lit basement, the video progresses to show Urban eventually emerging from the dark space. He is then seen walking around a vast open area with the sun shining down on him.
“I wanted to first try and capture a sense of isolation, a lonely, dark place, that transitions into light a bit more as the video progresses, which for me is how I found my own world opening up as I went along my journey,” Urban shared.
While he feels like they were able to capture his vision for the video, it didn’t come without its challenges, however.
“That dark and lonely place, was underneath a warehouse in Nashville, literally the darkest, dank and smelly place,” he recalled. “We spent the whole morning there shooting everything that you now see in the first part of the video.”
The smell was terrible, but that wasn’t the only problem the superstar encountered during the shoot.
“There was water in this room that I thought was like an inch deep,” he explained. “So, I opened the door, walked in and it was really about a foot. The first idea I had was to put my feet and socks into a garbage bag – tie them up and put my shoes on. I’d have my foot, my sock, a garbage bag and then my shoe – it made so much sense – but the water went everywhere. At the end of the shoot I took my boots off and they were drenched – probably as much water in the bag as there was in the waterway!”
On top of filming in Nashville, Urban and his team also captured footage in the small town of Lancaster, California where the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year was required to play guitar surrounded by the picturesque mountainscape. That proved to be quite a task.
“Playing guitar atop a boulder is definitely not a great idea,” he confessed. “You just kinda lose yourself in what you’re doing, and every minute or two you realize what you’re doing, and you think, ‘I better not fall off this big ass boulder!’”
The mid-tempo song, written by James Slater, Shy Carter, Micah Carter and Chris August, finds Urban leaning on his spiritual side and praising his better half for being there for him during the dark times. The aid of his true love helps him heal and find a new perspective in the tune, enough to become a changed man.
Urban hopes the video will help bring new life to the song.
“For me, a good music video takes the song to another level. It maybe gives the song a bit more dimension and hopefully we’ve done that with this one.”