This past Sunday on the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Keith Urban took to the stage to deliver an emotionally charged and impassioned performance of “Burden,” originally written and recorded by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance.
“The brevity of the song spoke to me as someone that has needed to hear that in my life and needed to hear that offered to me. I love songs that speak to the human condition of struggle and the idea that it’s okay, I can help you…let me carry your burden.”
Now in a two-minute video, The Story Behind “Burden,” which can be seen at http://smarturl.it/KU-Burden, Urban, the now reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, explains how his concert in London led him to Ed Sheeran, a two-hour bicycle ride through London and his compulsion to record and perform “Burden” at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
“We played at the 02 in London and Ed (Sheeran) came out to see us play,” explains Urban. “We talked about Foy (Vance), who’s an incredible musician and songwriter. The next day, I had a day off in London, so I got on my bike and put my headphones on and road around London for like two hours listening to Foy non-stop.”
“And when I got back to Nashville, I realized that I had never seen him play live – he must be fantastic – so I jumped on YouTube and heard this song “Burden” and just fell in love with him. I thought, ‘I’d love to be able to do a version of the song – the way that I was feeling it in my heart.’”
So with technology as it is today, with the ability for artists to share music in real-time, that’s what Urban did and “Burden” can now be streamed at http://strm.to/Burden. Recorded in Nashville with co-producer Dave Cobb, the song is a “beautifully written, minimalist prayer” that Urban says spoke to him. “Like the paint that’s drying on a heart that’s broke. Let me carry your burden.”