Keith Urban: “We’re Here to Pass It On”

Music in Schools Remains a Top Priority

Extremely blessed and privileged. That’s how Keith Urban describes his life in the latest issue of the Academy of Country Music’s Tempo magazine.

And he admits that those blessings have come from a lot of hard work, but also from people believing in him, helping him and giving him chances.

“So, I’ve always felt like any human that gets into a position where they can be of help to anybody, that’s what we’re here for. We’re here to pass it on,” Urban said.

To that end, Urban stays very committed to keeping music in schools, because he says he would’ve been lost without it growing up.

“It’s so frustrating for somebody like me — that’s the only skill I really had when I was a kid. I wasn’t good at sports, I was mildly good at academics, but I was really good at music. That’s what I did,” he said, adding that when schools cut their budgets, music programs are often the first to go.

“They keep the sports. They keep all the other things but they do away with the music. So a lot of these organizations I support because kids need to be taught how to play instruments,” he said.

Urban also passes his blessings on to the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And his good works with the hospital even allow his daughters Faith and Sunday to get involved in the giving.

“Once a month this year I’ve been doing a half hour chat with a patient and their parents at St. Jude, and I’ve been able to do it from home. Many times have been when the kids have been home from school, and Sunday has come in and said hi to someone I’m talking to on the other end,” he said. “She goes and grabs our cat and shows her our cat.

“The kids know and get to see what’s happening and what other kids are going through.”