Keith Urban may be a Grammy-winning superstar, but it seems even he plays second fiddle to Elmo.
“This morning I was woken up (at 7) with our daughter Sunday coming in singing the theme to Sesame Street, so what a superb way to wake up in the morning,” the crooner, who is dad to girls Sunday, 3, and Faith, 7 months, tells The Tennessean. “That’s kind of a sleep-in for me, which is normally getting up at 6 with the kids.”
“I’ve never asked her if she has a favorite,” Keith continues. “I don’t know that she would quite know what that is. But Elmo has God-like mythical status at our house at this stage.”
Asked how he balances his busy tour schedule with his life at home with his wife Nicole Kidman and their daughters, the devoted dad admits it’s not always easy.
“The hardest part is turning my clock around. Out there on the road, if we’re playing the show at a 8:45 … and we finish at 11 p.m., I don’t want that to feel like it’s the end of my day physically. I want to kind of feel closer to the middle, which means you have to go to bed at 2 in the morning. When I get home if I go to bed at 2 in the morning, it’s pretty hard getting up at 6, but I don’t want to get up at 10 and miss all the morning with my wife and my daughters. So, I just push through. If I get home at 2, I’ll get up at 6 and have breakfast with everybody and then I’ll sneak back to bed for an hour or so … my wife will work out, I’ll go back to bed.”
There may be challenges, but Keith isn’t about to ditch his day job!
“It’s the greatest thing in the world to be able to do,” he says of being on stage. “I’m not thinking about the complications of playing guitar, I’m just thinking about the joy of playing music and the way in which I want to do it. Being at the level that I get to have this stage, it’s what I’ve worked my whole life for. It’s a beautiful feeling.”