Keith Urban is getting in the Christmas spirit with the release of his first-ever Christmas song, “I’ll Be Your Santa Tonight,” and a festive music video to go along with it.
Rather than record a Christmas classic, Urban opted to create an original. He co-wrote the song alongside Shane McAnally and describes the tune as “classic in its melody, retro 50s vibe in its structure.”
“I’ve always wanted to record a Christmas song, but I really wanted to try and write something new,” he explained in a press release. “So, Shane came to my house and we wrote, really about a Christmas gone terribly wrong. No snow. Too much fog. Nobody can make it to the party. It’s going to be a colorless Christmas, until her man comes through.”
The writing session took place in the summer months, so the superstar did his best to create a holiday-like environment to write in. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.
“We started writing in my studio, which I decked out with colored Christmas lights, a tree, tinsel and of course I put the A/C on artic, so it was freezing! Shane says to me, ‘Do you have a piano? and I say, Yeah, but its upstairs.’ So, we head upstairs to the living room – nice and warm and toasty, with no Christmas decorations of any sort. Of course, we end up writing the whole thing there – go figure,” he recalled.
The just-released music video was directed by Chris Hicky, one of Urban’s longtime collaborators. The clip showcases several Keith Urbans, some of them in the falling snow, some in black-and-white and others playing piano, guitar and bass.
“I wanted to keep the video loose and a bit more performance-based than the actual story line, because everybody has their own version of what a song should look like, so I didn’t want to touch on that too much,” he explained.
Check out the brand new music video above.