OFFICIAL VIDEO DEBUTS TODAY
Today marks the debut of the official music video for Keith Urbanâ€™s first Christmas song, â€œIâ€™ll Be Your Santa Tonight.â€ Â Co-written with Shane McAnally, Urban describes the track as â€œclassic in its melody, retro 50s vibe in its structure.â€
â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to record a Christmas song, but I really wanted to try and write something new,â€ says Urban.Â â€œSo, Shane came to my house and we wrote, really about a Christmas gone terribly wrong.Â No snow. Too much fog.Â Nobody can make it to the party.Â Itâ€™s going to be a colorless Christmas, until her man comes through.â€
â€œIâ€™ll Be Your Santa Tonight,â€ possesses a whimsical, playful feeling that comes through in its lyric, so itâ€™d only stand to reason that Urbanâ€™s attempt to create an â€˜appropriateâ€™ Christmas environment, during Nashvilleâ€™s Summer months, would proveâ€¦ unsuccessful.
As Urban explains, â€œWe 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, â€˜Do you have a piano? and I say, Yeah, but its upstairs.â€™Â So, we head upstairs to the living room – nice and warm and toasty, with no Christmas decorations of any sort.Â Of course, we end up writing the whole thing there â€“ go figure.â€
The songâ€™s video was directed by one of Urbanâ€™s longtime video collaborators Chris Hicky.Â It depicts several Keiths, snow falling, simultaneously playing piano, guitar and bass.Â â€œI 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 didnâ€™t want to touch on that too much.â€