You Gonna Fly

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"You Gonna Fly"
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Get Closer
Released 24 October 2011 (2011-10-24)
Format Music download
Recorded 2010
Genre Country
Length 3:36
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Preston Brust
Chris Lucas
Jaren Johnston
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Long Hot Summer"
"You Gonna Fly"
"For You"

"You Gonna Fly" is a song written by Preston Brust, Chris Lucas and Jaren Johnston, and recorded by Australian country music artist Keith Urban. It was released in October 2011 as fourth single from his 2010 album Get Closer. The song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in February 2012.


Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, who comprise the country duo LoCash Cowboys, wrote the song with Jaren Johnston. According to Brust, a Sony/ATV Music Publishing representative suggested that he and Lucas write with Johnston. Johnston suggested a lyric about a "Blackbird on a country street / Hiding from the world with a broken wing ", and wrote a song about a man convincing a woman if she "gonna fly with [him]". [1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brad Belanger and premiered in January 2012.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four stars out of five, saying that it "doesn't do much to separate itself from many of Urban's other uptempo hits" but "puts a big smile on your face from start to finish."[3] Tara Seetharam of Country Universe gave the song a B+, calling his delivery "so three-dimensional that it practically pulls you into the bed of his truck."[4] Liv Carter of Urban Country News gave the song a 'thumbs-up', stating that "the vocal performance, full of delight, infuses the character in the song with so much confidence and joy he becomes irresistible."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"You Gonna Fly" debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 5, 2011.[6] It debuted at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of December 24, 2011. It debuted at number 89 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of December 31, 2011. In March 2012 it became Urban's fourteenth number one single on the country charts.

Chart (2011–12) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 54
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 23
Preceded by
"All Your Life"
by The Band Perry
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

March 3–10, 2012
Succeeded by
by Kenny Chesney


  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (17 November 2011). "Keith Urban, 'You Gonna Fly' – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "CMT : Videos : Keith Urban : You Gonna Fly". Country Music Television. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (12 October 2011). "Keith Urban, 'You Gonna Fly' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Seetharam, Tara (19 November 2011). "Single Review: Keith Urban, "You Gonna Fly"". Country Universe. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Carter, Liv. "Single Review: 'You Gonna Fly' – Keith Urban". Urban Country News. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (29 October 2011). "Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton Occupy Country Charts for Another Week". Country Music Television. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  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. 

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