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Marie de Haan in garden boots pruning Hydrangeas

I wrote the song “I Am Broken” in February of 2018 to deal with a heartbreak in my past. Read about the pain that sparked this song here.

In July of 2020, I took a short break from gardening to speak with a producer who has worked with Keith-freaking-Urban and several members of the show “Nashville.” He said he would love to do my project, so I made plans to fly to Tennessee.


On August 8, 2020, I had a fun little texting conversation with the producer in Nashville:

Marie de Haan
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Hi, Producer. I finally posted my good news on Facebook. If you ever see anything inappropriate that I post, please call me on it. Like, maybe I shouldn’t have called Keith Urban Keith-freaking-Urban.
Producer
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Just saw it. So excited for you. Ha ha, I don’t mind one bit. You’ve got Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Paramore, Thomas Rhett, and Maren Morris to pick from for credits. Ha ha.
Marie de Haan
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Sweeeeeet. I’ll do some more name-dropping later.
Producer
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I’m beyond excited to work together.
Marie de Haan
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One of my fans asked if I was going to meet Keith Urban. I told her I would faint for sure and drool all over myself.
Producer
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I’ll see what I can do.
Marie de Haan
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What, don’t tease me like that.
Producer
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Ha ha.
Marie de Haan
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Ask him if he wants to sing my song. #mightaswelldreambig
Keith Urban
Keith Urban

Marie de Haan

At the end of September, 2020, I spent two days in the studio with the producer, watching him work his magic.

Marie de Haan

Marie de Haan
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