Keith Urban’s Father in Hospice Care

"My Dad Is the Catalyst," Singer Says

Keith Urban recently revealed to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville that his father Robert Urban is now in hospice care.

“He’s probably only got a few weeks, if that,” he said earlier this week prior to the opening of Keith Urban So Far … , an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “I’ve just been dealing with that the last couple of days.

“This has all come at a very strange time where it’s typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows all often at the exact same time. So (the exhibit) is bittersweet a little bit because (my dad) is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America.”

It all started because Robert Urban is a fan of Don Williams.

So much so, he’d explained to his son that he didn’t even need to know Williams’ songs to know he was going to love an album.

“I said, ‘How do you know it’s going to be good?’ He said, ‘It’s Don Williams.’ It hit me in such a way that I thought, ‘I want to make those kinds of records, that people know are going to be solid and they go out and get it.’ I want to thank Dad for starting me on this journey.”

I remember about five years ago, Urban telling me that Williams’ “Circle Driveway” was high on his list of songs he wished he’d written.

Urban’s father is also responsible for teaching his son to dress for the job he wanted.

“My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dressed like a performer. A lot of these country music talent quests I did in Australia, they often had categories for best dressed male or best dressed female and I often won. Sometimes it was the only thing I won,” Urban said.

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