Keith Urban Once Performed ‘Let’s Stay Together’ with Al Green, Justin Timberlake, and Boyz II Men

by Joe Rutland
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Soul music isn’t going to be confused with country music, but who says a country singer like Keith Urban can’t tackle a fine soul song?

Urban found himself as part of a group performing “Let’s Stay Together,” a classic from Al Green. He was on stage at the 2009 Grammy Awards with Green, Justin Timberlake, and Boyz II Men to do their version of this soulful tune.

But there’s a little backstory to how all of them came together. Originally, the plan was to have Chris Brown and Rihanna perform on the show. Executive producer Ken Erlich, though, found himself in a heap of trouble on show day.

A message got to Erlich saying Rihanna was not going to make it. He got a phone call saying she was in a car accident and in the hospital. Later, Brown’s people also said he would not make it. No word was given to Erlich around the reason, which was that Brown was arrested and jailed for allegedly assaulting Rihanna.

Keith Urban Provides Guitar Solo In Backing Both Singers

It took some work and a phone call to get Green to show up and perform with Timberlake. They pull it off, though, pretty well with just hours before the show went on live around the world.

Watching the video, you’ll be able to see Keith Urban provide a strong guitar solo in the midst of the duet.

Timberlake and Green work well with Urban and Boyz II Men having roles. This part of the 2009 Grammy Awards helped save a show that might have suffered without another act.

Let’s sit back and relax while Urban, Green, Timberlake, and Boyz II Men put their collective spin on “Let’s Stay Together.”

Urban Talks About His Country Music Journey

Meanwhile, back in the land of country music, Keith Urban looks back on where he came from and where is today.

One path he tells fans to follow is through his albums. At each stage, they reflect a time and place where Urban was in his life. It’s important from his perspective to be authentic with his lyrics and music.

“When I’ve gone in to make a record all I’ve tried to do is capture the spirit of who I am at that time,” he said in an interview with SiriusXM’s The Highway. “The creativity is a reflection of who I am at that time.”

“And so they’re all honest records. I don’t look back and regret any albums I’ve done. That’s not who I am now, but it’s absolutely who I was then.”

H/T: Los Angeles Times

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