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Keith Urban opens up about the family tragedy that he can’t seem to forget Tyson Horne/Rare Country
Keith Urban at the Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit.

We had thought we knew Keith Urban fairly well. We thought we knew everything about his upbringing and his career and all that has made him who he is today.

But we never knew this.

During opening ceremonies of an annual radio gathering in Nashville on Feb. 8, Keith was on hand to receive an Artist Humanitarian Award. As the crowd was prepared to hear more about his various charity efforts with organizations such as St. Jude and All for the Hall, Keith ended up revealing quite a personal story from his past about how the country music community made a difference in his life from a very early age.

“When I was 9, my family joined a country music club,” Keith said, as quoted in “Country Aircheck.” “A year later our house burned down. We were all okay, but we lost all our belongings. Without hesitation, our country music club put on a fundraiser for us. The Red Cross stepped in. Goodwill stepped in. So it was apparent to me from the age of 9 that this is what it’s about. People fall on hard times and need help, and I’m grateful my wife and I have been able to bring a spotlight to causes that can hopefully benefit from that.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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