For You (Keith Urban song)

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"For You"
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Act of Valor: The Album
Released 16 April 2012
Format Music download
Genre Country rock
Length 4:50 (album version)
3:43 (single version)
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s) Keith Urban
Monty Powell
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"You Gonna Fly"
"For You"
"Little Bit of Everything"
"You Gonna Fly"
"For You"
"Little Bit of Everything"

"For You" is a song co-written and recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It is included on Act of Valor: The Album, and plays over the closing credits to the film Act of Valor. It was released as a single in April 2012. The song was nominated at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song.[1]


The song is about the sacrifices made by soldiers. The single was certified Gold in the USA in early February 2013. Urban said in a statement (reported by The Boot) that he and Monty Powell were inspired to write the song after seeing Act of Valor, and that he "wanted to capture the essence of not only what these men and women do so extraordinarily, but how that relates to all of us."[2] All proceeds from the single are donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Critical reception[edit]

In his review of the album, Billy Dukes of Taste of Country wrote that the song "sets the tone and is especially powerful."[3]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B-, saying that Urban's voice was "typically sincere", although he called the production "overblown" and criticized the lyrics by saying "the opening reference to his wife and unborn child feel tacked on."[4]

Music video[edit]

The video features Urban singing the song in a desert, with active soldiers around him.[5] It was directed by Scott Waugh.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 84
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 55
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 34


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Apr 11th 2012 5:05PM by Gayle Thompson Comments (2012-04-11). "Keith Urban 'For You' Proceeds Donated to Navy SEAL Families". The Boot. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  3. ^ "‘Act of Valor’ Soundtrack – Album Review". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ John, Kevin (2012-04-25). "Country Universe – A Country Music Blog » Single Review: Keith Urban, "For You"". Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ "News : OFFSTAGE: So Much Valor in Keith Urban's "For You" Video". CMT. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  6. ^ 2/24/12. "Music Video : For You : Keith Urban". CMT. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Keith Urban.
  8. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Keith Urban.
  9. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban.
  10. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Keith Urban – For You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 15, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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