Keith Urban is crediting his late father for leading him to Nashville and the country music scene.
In a new interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” singer revealed that it was his Dad’s love of American country music that encouraged him to take his talents to Music City.
“His, well our, record collection was all-American country music,” Urban, who was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia, told DeGeneres in the candid interview earlier this week, adding, “that’s really what pointed me in the direction of Nashville.”
This marks one of the first public interview where Urban has discussed his relationship with his father, who passed away following a prolonged cancer battle in December.
Urban paid tribute to his father before his death on the track, “Song For Dad,” which featured on his 2009 album “Golden Road.” “The older I get the more I can see/How much he loved my mother and my brother and me,” the song reads in part, “He did the best that he could/And I only hope when I have my own family/That every day I see/A little more of my father in me.”
Watch Keith Urban’s chat with Ellen DeGeneres below;