Earlier this week it was announced that Keith Urban’s father lost the battle to cancer. The response by Urban’s fans have been overwhelming with prayers and support after he released a statement on Sunday, December 6.
“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night. His long battle with Cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad’s love of Country music and America set me on my life’s journey, and shaped so much of who I am today. Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers.” – Keith Urban
Fans never hesitated to show their love and support for Urban. Quickly, many took action by creating hashtags, posting photos, and paying tribute to the impact that Robert Urban had on his son, and his love for country music.
The 48-year old country rocker was born and New Zealand, and soon after moved over to Australia. His father worked in a convenience store, and was also a drummer who loved to play Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton records. He was the one who influenced Urban to pursue a career in country, and to move to Nashville in the early 90’s where he would soon have singles topping the U.S. Country charts.
On his 2002 album Golden Road, Urban penned a song for his father called, ‘Song For Dad.’ It’s a song that reflects back on his relationship with his dad, and how he’s turned out to be just like him. “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 everyday I see / a little more of my father in me” Urban sings.
“He gave me a lot of great advice growing up,” The singer told Taste of Country in June. “So much of it, I sort of discarded over the years, and now I find myself listening to it very differently, and it was pretty sage advice.”
His exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame displays some of the outfits that his dad had made for him. “My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dressed like a performer,” he told The Tennessean. “A lot of these country music talent quests I did in Australia, they often had categories for best dressed male or best dressed female and I often won. Sometimes it was the only thing I won.”
Urban’s dad not only influenced the way he dressed, but he also influenced the music his son would be a part of for the entirety of his life. The exhibit displays a lot of those albums that influenced Urban while growing up, especially Don Williams, an artist that Robert Urban invested in. “I said, ‘How do you know it’s going to be good?'” Urban recalled asking his dad. “He said, ‘It’s Don Williams.'”
“It hit me in such a way that I thought, ‘I want to make those kinds of records, that people know are going to be solid and they go out and get it,'” he told The Tennessean. “I want to thank Dad for starting me on this journey.”
The country star paid tribute to his father earlier this year on his Facebook page, posting a photo of the both of them with a heartwarming message. “Being a Dad gives me a WHOLE new love and appreciation for my Dad – and everything he’s done for me. – KU #withdad,” he wrote.
It’s no wonder why Urban’s fans love his dad, and will do what they can to pay their respects to him. If it weren’t for Robert Urban’s influence on Keith’s life from a very young age, who knows where he’d be today.
Fans are thankful, and they are paying tribute in a special way by creating signs with special messages to Keith with the hashtag #LoveInAction. According to them, Keith is always talking about putting love in action, and with that, they are doing the exact same thing by showing their love for him in a unique way. The goal is to brighten up the Urban’s holiday, even it means just a smile. That to us, is love in action.
If you want to help put love in action, feel free to use #LoveInAction on all of your social media posts, including Urban’s name so he knows you too are praying and thinking of him during this difficult time.
Kara Johnson is a writer for Examiner and other social media websites. You can keep up to date with her on Twitter @AlotLikeKara