Keith Urban pens emotional note following the death of country icon Glen Campbell Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Keith Urban performs "Blue Ain't Your Color" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

It didn’t take very long for the Nashville community and its stars to come together following the death of country legend Glen Campbell.

The “Rhinestone Cowboy,” who passed away on August 8 after a long and public battle with Alzheimer’s disease, inspired many people throughout his television and musical career.

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One of those people was Keith Urban, who began to appreciate Glen’s musical talents early on in his life. After hearing about Glen’s passing, the Australia-raised musician shared some meaningful words about his late inspiration on Facebook.

He wrote, “What a powerful, artistic and personal journey Glen Campbell’s passage has been. As a role model, [and] singing guitar player, he was a big influence on me. His blend of genres created his own sound and style and his ability to entertain wasn’t limited to the stage. He blazed real trails through film (and especially television) where his charismatic southern charm and personality fit perfectly.”

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Keith also shared a story about the night he won his first-ever ACM Award. Afterwards, he says, Glen sent him a fax with the message, “Welcome to the award winning world, kid. You got it.”

Keith, who is currently touring in Australia and Canada, closed his post with, “Universal music, universal stories, universal spirit. No wonder he was a global superstar. I love Glen for so many reasons — but above all, for his humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and all of his extended family today. May peace be with you all. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen. – KU.”

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Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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