OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Knows 4 Million Lyrics

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Four million? Well, maybe Keith Urban is exaggerating just a little bit. In this story in Australia’s Herald Sun, Urban talks about how strong his memory is for music.

“I know a lot of songs, what can I say? You know what’s terrible? I can remember 4 million song lyrics, but I’ll lose my car keys and cell phone in a second,” he admitted.

Now that Karise Eden has won the Australian version of The Voice , she gets a car, $100,000 prize and a recording contract. Then what?

“A lot of people are so quick to say that’s a cop-out, you have to work the pubs and clubs to pay your dues, but honestly, if we didn’t have to, would we? Nobody wants to go and starve for 10 years. Nobody chooses that,” he said of the road Eden faces. “These guys aren’t getting an easy ride. I don’t know what sort of courage it takes to get up there — the idea of doing that is something I find so intimidating and nerve-racking.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.