Miranda Lambert on Keith Urban’s Passion and Artistry

If you’ve heard Keith Urban‘s new single “We Were Us,” you probably fell in love with it on the first listen. And that may be because of the up-tempo beat, because of the infectious chorus (“Money was gas, dreams were dust, love was fast and we were us”) or because of the other voice you hear on the tune. It’s Miranda Lambert, who was more than happy to join Urban in the recording studio and make music together.

“Being in the studio and working with Keith on the ‘We Were Us’ duet was an awesome experience. The first tour I ever did was Keith’s, and I was in awe,” she said, referring to opening shows during his Alive in ’05 tour. “As a new artist, I learned so much watching him every night onstage. To see how he takes that same passion and artistry into the studio was really cool.”

Urban didn’t write this song — it was penned by Jimmy Robbins, Nicolle Galyon (yes, the one from the second season of The Voice) and Jon Nite — but he knew exactly who to sing it with.

“Miranda, of course,” he said in a recent radio interview. “She opened for us a lot of years ago. She is just the real deal. I just love her. I love her artistry. Her voice is awesome. She would get up and play with us when we were touring with her, and I just felt like our voices went together really well. So it was another person in the back of my mind that I was hoping I could find a song for us one day.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.