Keith Urban Shouts Out 'Drifters & Dreamers' With 'Wild Hearts' Performance

By Emily Lee

November 11, 2021

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The CMA Awards returned on Wednesday (November 10) for the biggest night in country music. The performers definitely gave it their all when taking the stage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, especially when it came to Keith Urban's 'Wild Hearts.'

With a dramatic entrance starting out on the streets of Nashville, Urban dedicated his performance to the drifters, dreams, and born-to-be rockstars out there. As fans of Urban know, these are the people he shouts in the song's chorus, as well.

For Urban, this song is quite personal. He pulls from his own experience of wanting to grow up to be a musician more than anything. In the lyrics, he encourages those with the same dream to keep going.

"Has anyone ever told you / You'll never amount to anything / You're just wasting your time / Chasing the tail-of-a-dragon kind of dream," Urban sings. "But I'm here to tell you / Anything can happen in this life / If you got the heart and the passion / And a God lit fire inside."

Ahead of his performance, Urban spoke with The Tennessean backstage at Bridgestone Arena about how special this track is to him. "I'm one of [the dreamers]," he said. "To come from a little town in Australia and be able to come to Nashville and record, make music, get it on the radio, be able to tour. To get to be able to do that? It still feels like I just got here. It's crazy." 

Urban had even more advice for his fellow dreamers, too. "Just ignore all the naysayers and use them as fuel for the fire," he said. "Provin' 'em wrong is motivation of itself. I had plenty of those people in my life."

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