The iHeartRadio Music Festival goes on virtually with Keith Urban


Keith Urban

Like so many music stars, not only is home where the heart is for Keith Urban, it’s where his principal stage is now.

The recent host of the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, the award-winning singer-songwriter has been giving performances from his Nashville residence, some of them for virtually produced television specials. One is the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which goes the virtual route with its 10th annual edition — recorded in Los Angeles as well as Nashville — as The CW televises it Sunday and Monday, Sept. 27 and 28.

“This has come at a time in history when we have technology to make things possible that weren’t possible even 10 years ago,” reasons Urban, whose “The Speed of Now Part 1” is his latest album. “I mean, who knew about Zoom before all of this? Not me, and now, that’s a word I rattle off as quickly as ‘Google.’ It’s unbelievable how fast we’ve all adapted.”

Ryan Seacrest retains his traditional spot as host of this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival, which also includes BTS, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Thomas Rhet, Migos and Kane Brown “with special guest” Khalid in its lineup.

For Urban, the show is one more manifestation of how much things have changed for him and his family, including wife Nicole Kidman, over the past several months. “We’ve been very fortunate to be healthy, which is No, 1,” he reflects, “and to be able to stay together and stay creative, and to stay helpful where we can. We’ve just tried to take the approach of leaning into the light as best we can. That’s the way I try to live.”


Birthdate: Oct. 25, 1967

Birthplace: Whangarel, Northland, New Zealand

Current residences: Nashville and Australia

Marital status: Married to actress Nicole Kidman; they have two daughters

Albums include: “The Speed of Now Part 1,” “Graffiti U,” “Ripcord,” “Fuse,” “Get Closer,” “Defying Gravity,” “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing,” “Be Here,” “Golden Road,” “Keith Urban,” “Keith Urban in The Ranch”

Singles include: “Polaroid,” “Superman,” “God Whispered Your Name,” “We Were,” “Coming Home” (featuring Julia Michaels), “Female,” “The Fighter” (featuring Carrie Underwood), “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Wasted Time,” “Break on Me,” “Raise ‘Em Up” (featuring Eric Church), “Somewhere in My Car,” “Cop Car,” “We Were Us” (with Miranda Lambert), “Little Bit of Everything,” “For You,” “You Gonna Fly,” “Long Hot Summer,” “Put You in a Song,” “Without You,” “I’m In,” “Only You Can Love Me This Way,” “Sweet Thing,” “You Look Good in My Shirt,” ‘Better Life,” “Making Memories of Us,” “Days Go By,” “You’ll Think of Me,” “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “Somebody Like You”


Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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