American Idol season 9 contestant Tim Urban didn’t waste any time between wrapping the Idols live summer tour and readying new music. Perhaps that’s because the tour was precisely what inspired some of the music.
On Monday, November 8, Urban will release his debut EP, “Heart of Me,” to iTunes. NeonLimelight.com has your exclusive first listen to the set’s title-track.
The sentimental ballad is bolstered by swirling guitar rifts and heartfelt lyrics like, “Don’t know where I am but this isn’t home/Another empty room/I feel so alone/Just wanna go home/One more city passed/I wonder when I’ll see/The place that has the heart of me/Just wanna be free.”
“I wrote ‘Heart of Me’ while I was on tour,” Tim revealed to us. “I was in my hotel room and all I could think about was home and my family. It hit me that while I was out traveling the country doing what I love, a big part of my heart was back home with them.”
Exclusive First Listen: Tim Urban – Heart of Me:
Of his writing style, Tim shared: “I really want people to be able to relate to my songs. I didn’t try to put any hidden messages into the music. I just wanted to paint a picture with words that people could step into and feel like it was from their own lives.”
When we caught up with him on tour in July, Tim told us about working on the new music, saying bands like Coldplay and OneRepublic and their musical variety were inspirations. “They’re not afraid to do very different things from song to song but it’s all definitely signature Coldplay or signature OneRepublic,” he said. “I’m not saying my album is going to sound like that, but I like the idea of being able to do that; to make an album that from the first song to the twelfth songs there’s so much variety and you want to listen to each individual song.”
Beginning Monday, Tim will release one of the EP’s six tracks to iTunes each day until Saturday for fans to purchase.
“Heart of Me” tracklist:
“Heart of Me”
“Wheels Touch Down”
“I and You”