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Keith Urban bringing his "Graffiti U" tour to Grand Forks

Keith Urban (Submitted graphic)

Country music star Keith Urban will make a stop Sunday in Grand Forks as part of his "Graffiti U" tour.

The New Zealand native hasn't been to North Dakota for several years but is excited to share his newest album and old favorites with the audience in Grand Forks.

"We cram a lot of music into a two hour show," Urban told the Herald.

Urban's message for Grand Forks: "Come see us play."

Urban will perform at the Ralph Engelstad Arena with Kelsea Ballerini. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Ballerini will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Urban released his newest album, Graffiti U, in April of this year. He will be playing songs from this newest album, but Urban also will perform old hits like "You'll Think of Me," "Blue Ain't Your Color" and "Somebody Like You."

He collaborated with new artists, writers and producers for this album.

"But under the hood, there are a lot more similarities than differences (compared to past albums)," Urban said.

He said Ballerini is a great performer and pleasure to work with.

"I love watching her get better every night," Urban said. "A show has got to be great from the very first beat, and she does it."

At some point during the show, Urban will invite Ballerini back onto the stage to perform a song with him, he said.

There will be a smaller, secondary stage towards the back of the arena floor, where Urban will perform a few songs.

"I'll be going out into the audience, turning back row seats into front row seats," he said.

Urban said his favorite part of touring is playing for his fans.

"The whole tour I'm basically waiting to play," he said. "I'm sitting on the tour bus right now thinking about playing tonight."

Urban is one of many country artists to perform in Grand Forks as of late. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill brought their "Soul2Soul" tour to the Ralph in July.

Kane Brown will perform Feb. 17 in the Ralph with Granger Smith and Jimmie Allen.