Nashville, TN is a city full of talented artists just hoping that one day, they’ll get their big break. Keith Urban understands what it takes to put in the work night after night and because of that, he invited budding artist Kayley Green to join him on stage during his show in music city as part of his The Speed Of Now World Tour.
On Friday evening (Oct. 7), Urban gave Green the chance to showcase her talents in Bridgestone Arena, a venue that far exceeded her usual lower Broadway gigs.
“[That] is where I started,” Urban told The Tennesseean, ahead of his show. “I started playing five nights a week, four hours a night for well over a decade and worked my way up to these places. They’re my tribe, the people who are sweating it out right now in the clubs.”
Out of the sea of artists who would have dreamed of getting this opportunity, it was Green’s “amazing voice” that inspired the Grand Ole Opry member to reach out to her.
“The first thing I wanted to do tonight is something different. I wanted to find somebody who is playing in a cover band, anywhere on Lower Broad, and bring them here to do a song,” he explained in front of the crowd. “There’s a girl who I heard singing. She plays in a band that is down at The Stage on a regular basis, putting in her hours, night after night, week after week. I thought she had an amazing voice, so we’re going to bring her out to sing for you.”
“I know people [who] have played on the road for years and never played Bridgestone,” Green shared in response to the invitation. “That’s crazy. That’s nuts. It’s the biggest call of my life.”
Green played an impressive cover of the Martina McBride hit, “Independence Day,” before joining Urban in a collaboration of his 2013 duet with Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us.”
Once again, Urban praised the South Carolina native when he shared a heartwarming clip of the performance on social media.
His caption read, “There was a running theme for our show in Nashville: BROADWAY TO THE BIG TIME. Our special guests for the evening highlighted that journey, representing those playing on Lower Broadway right now, night after night, to those headlining Nissan Stadium. This girl has been putting in the hours with her band at The Stage every Friday night. Once you hear @kayleygreen sing you won’t forget her !!!!”
“By far the coolest experience of my life. Thank you so much @keithurban,” Green wrote on her own Instagram post.
She later shared that this was an experience that she will “never stop talking about.”
Green was just one of several surprises Urban has up his sleeve for the Nashville show. He also brought his wife, Nicole Kidman, and special guest Luke Combs to perform his 2017 chart-topper, “When It Rains It Pours.”
After joking about the fact that both of their wives are named Nicole, Urban then asked Combs to confirm a fun fact about his other half.
“Is it true that she’s named after her?,” Urban asked.
Combs revealed that the statement is true, Nicole Combs was in fact named after Nicole Kidman. Urban laughed as he said, “So his wife Nicole is named after my wife Nicole.”
The “Somewhere In My Car” singer then let the audience know that Combs is also in the midst of his own trek.
“The second thing, this guy is touring everywhere right now. This weekend is his weekend off and here he is playing Bridgestone,” Urban pointed out as they shared a hug.
Then, they got back to the music and came together to sing Urban and Eric Church’s 2015 duet, “Raise ‘Em Up.”
They traded verses throughout the song, and Urban even changed up the lyrics to reflect the current chapter of Combs’ life as a new dad. He sang, “So, you meet someone/ The only one/ You take her by the hand/ Make a stand/ Make some love/ Buy some land/ And then the four-month-old babies come.”
Among all the fun and excitement, Urban also took a second to give a sincere tribute to the late Loretta Lynn, who passed away on her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on Friday (Oct. 7).
“This week we watched one of our honky-tonk angels ascend,” Urban said, referring to Lynn, before performing “Blue Kentucky Girl” and “You’re Looking at Country. “We love you, Loretta.”
Urban announced The Speed Of Now World Tour earlier this year, sharing that he will make stops in various cities, including Atlanta, GA, Savannah, GA, and Knoxville, TN before the U.S. leg of the tour comes to a close on November 5, in St. Paul, MN.
Tickets for the remaining dates of The Speed Of Now World Tour are available to purchase HERE.