Keith Urban told Ellen Degeneres that when he got a chance to listen to the secret new Taylor Swift music that he was going to be a part of for her Fearless (Taylor’s Version) release, he was at the mall getting a bite to eat.

Urban shared, “It’s the craziest story. We were in Australia, I was doing some Christmas shopping at the shopping mall in December — because everybody does their shopping right before Christmas, every guy does. … I get a text from Taylor saying, ‘I’ve got these couple of songs I’d like you to sing on, do you wanna hear them?’ I said sure, so she sends me the songs and I’m sitting in the food court at the shopping center listening to these two unreleased Taylor Swift songs [with headphones].”

He admits, “It was an unusual place to be hearing unreleased Taylor Swift music. But I loved the songs, and luckily got to put a vocal on both of those.”

DeGeneres then joked that it’s “hilarious” to picture him seated in a mall food court, let alone jamming to top-secret Swift tunes. Keith says, “I was hungry! Where are you gonna go when you’re hungry, Ellen?”

Urban did say that getting a text from Taylor Swift was impressive to his pre-teen daughters and his wife Nicole Kidman. He offered, “[They are] big Taylor Swift fans, yes. They were just excited that Dad got a text from Taylor Swift.”

Keith lends his vocals to two never-before-released tracks, “That’s When” and “We Were Happy.”

Keith Urban

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