This is the opening track of Keith Urban's Fuse album. Longtime producer Dann Huff had been in charge of the singer's previous five LP's, but the singer used ten separate producers to create the sounds on this release including Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Pink, Fiona Apple), Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town, The Wallflowers), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry) and Stargate (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ne-Yo). Huff did co-produce "Somewhere in My Car," as well as playing guitar on the song.
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Mahaffey played keyboards and drums on this song. The Tennessee-bred, Los Angeles-based artist has produced and/or performed with a number of popular artists including Beck, Beyoncé and Pink as well as rapper, Luke Fiasco. He also composed the bluegrass style jingle for on-line travel site Expedia.com.
Fuse debuted atop the Billboard 200 All-Genre Album Chart. It arrived at #1 in the United States, Canada and Australia simultaneously, the first time that a male country artist had ever done so.
Urban penned the song with songwriter J.T. Harding, whose other hits include Jake Owen's "Alone With You." Keith actually had the first glimmer of the idea for the song in his car. "I had a day scheduled to write with him, and I had just gotten this song, this particular song that I heard and downloaded by a particular artist, and I loved the rhythm and the energy and the whole thing about it," recalled Keith. "I got J.T. and put him in the car, and turned it up as loud as I could and said, '[Yelling] We need something like this!' But a similar song structure – and the song was born of that."
When Urban played the song for the sold-out crowd during the 2014 CMA Music Festival, he said it was about "reminiscing and missing an old love."
Cars figure several times on the Fuse album. As well as this song, two other tracks, "Cop Car" and "Red Camaro" have a motor vehicle in the title. "The car theme figures heavily in a lot of my songs, 'cause I love cars and I love listening to music in cars, and I love all of the moments – all kinds of moments that we humans experience only in cars," said Urban. "As couples and arguments and makeup sessions and make-out sessions and everything, I just love everything to do with cars."
Though this song follows Urban's familiar car theme, it is actually about something a little different than just driving a motor vehicle. "I love trucks, cars, everything, and we've got some truck songs on the record," he told ABC News Radio. "But 'Somewhere in My Car' is really … it's not really about a car so much as it is what happens in the backseat of a car."
The song's music video was directed by John Urbano, who also filmed Urban's previous clip for "Cop Car." Shot in Cincinnati during his Raise 'Em Up Summer Tour, the visual features models Jehane Paris from Miami and Brazilian Rodrigo Calazans. "When Keith asked me to direct the video my head started swimming with ideas because the song is so cinematic," Said Urbano. "I wanted to make a music video where the imagery and song writing felt like they were created at the same time."
"From the beginning we both wanted this video to be hot with the concept being about how this guy goes mildly crazy thinking about his past relationship," he continued. "In his mind he's 'somewhere in his car', where he's having multiple flashbacks that build emotionally with each chorus."