Keith Urban Will Build 2011 Tour Around Family Life
Keith Urban is a global superstar who has it all: fame, fortune and multi-platinum success. But without the love of his wife and family, Keith is achingly aware it wouldn't mean anything.
"Those things are wonderful and I feel very fortunate to have gotten to a point in my career where I have those things, as well," Keith tells Australian newspaper, the Herald Sun. "But I definitely had them without love in my life ... and they mean nothing."
Knowing this, the singer will plan his 2011 tour around his beloved wife, Nicole Kidman and baby daughter, Sunday Rose -- committed to pouring as much of himself into his family as he gives to his fans on the road next year.
"I will structure my tour next year in such a way that I will be gone for three days, then home for three or four ... then gone for two and home for two - never gone for weeks at a time," Keith explains. "I don't want to be away from home, and I really believe that the shows benefit greatly from it -- when I am up there playing, I really want to be there."
It's all about finding balance, between his singing career and personal life. And Keith has come to learn this with the help of his wife.
"It's a merry-go-round of unfulfillment, and I am finally seeing that it's about giving my all, which Nic is so beautiful in helping me do," Keith recognizes.
There's a song on Keith's soon-to-be-released album, 'Get Closer' that seems to perfectly reflect the bliss of where he is in life right now. He didn't write it, but it tapped so deeply into the core of his heart, that "it went on the record very quickly."
"I heard this song called, 'Without You,' and it just resonated with me," he says. "And when people hear it, they will totally think I wrote it, because it's extraordinary just how much it embodies my whole life. It was just one of the serendipitous moments where someone who had already written a song awhile back, and a friend of mine heard it and called me up and said, 'You won't believe this song -- it's almost as if it was written for you."
Even the verse, "along comes a baby girl and suddenly, my little world just got a whole lot bigger."
"Anybody who has kids knows that you don't get it until you get it -- and then it's, 'Oh, right,'" he explains. "My experience is that having a child is an indescribable feeling, particularly one who has come in the right way -- in the sense that we had planned for it. We wanted it, and we have a solid home ... so having a child in those conditions is absolutely blissful."
Keith is also finding bliss in the realization that his 'baby girl,' two-year-old Sunday Rose, seems to have inherited quite a musical ear.
"Her pitch seems to be really good -- I hate to sound like the typical proud dad -- but I guess that's what I am! I marvel that when she is sitting in the back of the car singing, 'Twinkle, Twinkle' or the 'ABCs' ... and the intervals between the notes are right ones. If she stops singing and comes back to it, she always picks it up again in the key she was in ... so it seems like she has a good ear. But who knows what she will do with it?"
Keith's current single, 'Put You in a Song' is shooting up the Billboard charts, about to crack Top 10. His new album, 'Get Closer' drops, November 16. He is nominated for two CMA Awards this year -- Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist. The 44th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville at 8PM ET November 10 on ABC.