Keith Urban Cherishes His Connection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Urban gives back to St. Jude in many different ways, including an annual calendar put out by his fan club as well as his teleconference chat he puts on every month to talk with patients.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Keith Urban Cherishes His Connection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Keith Urban; Photo courtesy PFA Media

Keith Urban may be in it for the music, but giving back to good causes is another huge bonus for him to stick around as a country artist.

The “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer has always made it a priority to lend a hand to those in need and he specifically dedicates a lot of his time toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to spread some love to the children taking on brave battles with cancer every day. Over the years, Urban has always strived to be a beacon of hope for the patients through the help of his music and kind spirit and he believes that St. Jude has always replicated the lighthearted feeling right back.

“That’s the miracle energy I think we all have is hope no matter what we’re going through,” he explained. “It’s always resonated in my music. No matter how dark times have gotten in my life, I’ve always leaned into the light as best I could or at least reached for it. I think one of the things that I’ve always loved about my job is that I get to travel around and bring some of that to all of the places we play. It’s always felt like that. It’s very euphoric, uplifting, positive experience playing music and it’s very inclusive; it brings everybody together. And I’ve found the exact same thing happening at St. Jude, very inclusive, very up, very positive, compassionate, empathetic. They’re not trying to deny the situation, but what they are trying to do is make sure that hope doesn’t get buried in the midst of it, and they do a remarkable job of that.”

Thinking even deeper into both the meaning of country music and the mission behind St. Jude, Urban realized that teaming up with the organization was a match made in heaven in terms of what they both stand for.

“It’s such a natural fit, because – and I’ve played country music my whole life, and it can be defined by a million different ways by a million different people, but the one thing I think everybody will always agree on is what country music is about is community. That’s what it is always about. The styles change, the songs change, the look changes, the sound changes, the lyrics change, but the sense of community and the heart is strong,” he said recently.

Urban is currently taking some time off after the end of his Ripcord Tour in December and his current single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” is quickly rising up the country charts. Fans can add his music to their Spotify playlists below to listen to his collection all day long.

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