When Keith Urban’s Family Home Burned Down, He Learned At Age 9: “When People Fall on Hard Times, We Help”


By: Linda Lee

Keith Urban shares a very personal story of this monumental event that occurred when he was a young boy, explaining what happened after his family lost everything they owned in a house fire.

CRS 2016 at Omni Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

CRS 2016 at Omni Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

While accepting his much-deserved Country Radio Broadcasters’ Artist Humanitarian Award, Urban  talked about the impact his family’s house fire had on him as a young child.

How watching friends and neighbors pitch in to help his family, it made him realize at a very  young age what is ‘really important in life.’ He’s been helping others in need ever since.

CMT was at the CRS Award ceremony and shared this portion of his acceptance speech where he began by saying that he is often asked:  What is country music?”

“There are so many answers to that, and no matter where you come from, it’s about community.”

When I was about 9, my parents had joined a country music club in Brisbane. And we’d been members for about a year when our house burned down. We were all OK, but we lost all our belongings — which wasn’t much — but it was everything we had,” Urban said. “Without hesitation, that country music club put on a fundraiser for us. And it was so apparent to me that from the age of 9, this is what it’s all about. When people fall on hard times, we help.”

CRS 2016 at Omni Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

CRS 2016 at Omni Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Urban also explained that he is grateful that his celebrity gives him an opportunity to spotlight some causes that are also near and dear to his heart, like music education.

“It’s what I love to do more than anything, I was a terrible athlete at school. And even worse at academics. Music was something I was given the opportunity to do. To give of our time is the most extraordinary thing we can do.”

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