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Keith Urban to Ellen: My dad put me on the road to Nashville

Country music star Keith Urban told Ellen DeGeneres he's still feeling the loss of his father, who died in December after a cancer battle.
/ Source: TODAY

Without his late father, Keith Urban never would have made it to Nashville.

During a visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that will air Wednesday, Urban gave full credit to his dad — who died in December after a battle with cancer — for shaping his love of country music.

"Our record collection was all American country music, and that's really what pointed me in the direction of Nashville," he explained.

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Urban has given props to his father throughout his career. "Song for Dad" on his 2009 album "Golden Road" includes these lyrics: "The older I get the more I can see / How much he loved my mother and my brother and me / And 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."

Keith Urban is one proud son to his late father, as he told Ellen DeGeneres.
Keith Urban is one proud son to his late father, as he told Ellen DeGeneres.TODAY

And last February, Urban shared a photo of himself and his dad on Facebook:

At his father's funeral, the 48-year-old musician and "American Idol" judge drove his father's beloved Lincoln Continental while another guest rode a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, acknowledging Robert's delight in motorcycles.

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Urban also told DeGeneres he would be going out on a worldwide tour. He invited the entire studio audience to come see him play in Los Angeles, which of course led to widespread screaming.

Dad would definitely be proud.

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