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Keith Urban, James Abrahart and Greg Wells co-wrote Urban's "Wasted Time."

Keith Urban, James Abrahart and Greg Wells co-wrote Urban’s “Wasted Time.”

By JEWEL WICKER/ Jewel.wicker@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, March 30, 2016

Keith Urban’s new single has an Atlanta connection.

“Wasted Time,” a fun potential summer anthem for country fans, was co-written by Atlanta’s James “J Hart” Abrahart, along with Urban and Greg Wells.

Abrahart, who has worked with artists such as Justin Bieber and Trey Songz, grew up in Atlanta and attended the Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross.

The American Idol judge’s latest release has some definite cross-over appeal, with a bouncy sing-along hook and nostalgic lyrics about listening to Guns ‘N Roses and driving along back roads.

Ahead of the single’s release, Urban posted a photo (see above) of himself, Abrahart and Wells on Twitter with the caption “A couple days in the studio with James Abrahart and Greg Wells was anything BUT ‘wasted time’ – KU.”

The Greater Atlanta Christian School also gave Abrahart a shout out on their Facebook page following the song’s release.

“James J Abrahart (GAC Class of ’06) co-wrote this incredible song with Keith Urban. So glad to see that he is becoming a leader in the music industry. Well deserved. Congratulations,” the post read.

“Wasted Time” will be featured on Urban’s forthcoming album “Ripcord,” which is scheduled for release on May 6.

Urban will perform the single on FOX’s American Idol during the March 31 episode, according to Rolling Stone.

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