He was left heartbroken after his father Bob died last month after a long battle with cancer.
And he paid tribute to the 73-year-old by saying he was the person who launched him towards stardom during a forthcoming appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday.
The evergreen 48-year-old told the daytime chat show queen it was his father’s love of music that was the greatest influence on him choosing to play country.
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‘He pointed me in the direction of Nashville’: Keith Urban paid tribute to his late father’s influence on his career on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an interview airing on Wednesday
After saying the reason he is a musician is ‘totally’ because of his parent, the singer-songwriter added: ‘His, well our, record collection was all American Country Music and that’s really what pointed me in the direction of Nashville.’
Bob also helped his boy by putting an advertisement for a guitar teacher in his convenience shop’s window, and once Keith started taking lessons he began entering local competitions.
After gaining performance experience at festivals from the age of 10, he finally released his eponymous first album in 1990, and moved to the Mecca of country just two years later.
Records: He said his love of his father’s collection of LPs turned him into a country boy
Big influence: Bob also helped his boy by hiring a guitar teacher after putting an ad in his shop’s window
A star is made: Keith played live from the age of 10 and became an in-demand session player in Nashville before becoming a name in his own right
His solo American debut in 1999 was another self-named album, and it went platinum and featured his first number one country hit But for the Grace of God.
His career has continued to go from strength-to-strength since and his song Somebody Like You was the biggest country hit of the 2000s.
Keith, who also announced he is going on another US tour, also said he is sad American Idol is coming to an end.
The singer, who has been a judge since 2012, said: ‘It’s sad, because I’m having, I mean I think all three of us are having as good a time as I am.
Lighter subject: The crooner also said he is disappointed his run on American Idol is ending
‘Bummer’: He said the show is ending right as the panel is ‘just getting our groove on’
‘I’m loving doing it this season and feel like we’ve kind of got our groove on and it’s just a bummer that it’s ending right as we’re just getting our groove on.’
Keith cut a solitary figure at his father’s funeral last month in Caloundra, Queensland.
His superstar wife Nicole Kidman was noticeably absent from the service despite him being by her side when she said goodbye to her own father just over a year ago.
However it emerged he supported her decision not leave filming of How to Talk to Girls at Parties in London as production would have been forced to shut down if she had taken any time off, severely impacting the film’s small budget and setting back the entire project.
In a sweet tribute, he drove his dad’s beloved Lincoln Continental to the funeral while another guest arrived on a Harley Davidson, a nod to Robert’s passion for motorcycles.
Going solo: Keith is said to have supported wife Nicole Kidman, pictured here with his parents Bob and Marienne, in her decision to remain on set during his father’s funeral last month
Big announcement: He also revealed he is getting set for another US tour