December 4, 2015 | USA Today
by Cindy Watts
Keith Urban sat on the edge of the stage in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s rotunda, his eyes red, raw from the emotion of the day.
[su_pullquote]”My dad is the catalyst for me living in America.”[/su_pullquote]
A couple of hours before, Urban previewed his first exhibit at the museum. He spoke at a news conference about what the exhibit meant to him and addressed a large crowd gathered in the hall’s rotunda, occasionally cracking jokes and issuing heartfelt thank yous.
The rotunda was full of people important to Urban’s career: Mike Dungan, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, Urban’s label; Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler; Mary Martin, a former A&R executive at RCA Records, who offered Urban the encourage he needed to eventually move to Nashville, and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.
But his father — a man who sewed Urban’s early stage clothes, taught him to love country music and relentlessly supported his career — was not. Robert Urban recently was placed in hospice care, and his son is still reeling from the news.
“He’s probably only got a few weeks, if that,” Urban said. “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. “