Keith Urban’s Next Album Could Address Time in Rehabilitation

“I want to explore some of those now,” says Keith.

Keith Urban says his upcoming album could delve into a subject that the singer/songwriter has largely been reluctant to provide details about—the events leading up to his 2006 stint in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

Keith acknowledges, “I know when I got out of treatment there was a lot of people saying, ‘Well you didn’t really address what happened.’ I came out and made [2009's] Defying Gravity and it had 'I Want to Kiss a Girl' and 'Sweet Thing' and none of these songs that really addressed what happened in there and what happened before it," Keith tells country music news website The Country Vibe. “At the time, the truth of it was I’d spent three months in treatment, and the kind of treatment where that stuff was being exorcised daily in tons of written work, tons of counseling, tons of therapeutic type environments," Keith says, explaining the reason the topic did not show up on his first album post-treatment. "So by the time I got out three months later, I felt incredibly clear of so much of that. And so from an artistic standpoint, all of those things ended up in all of these recovery manuscripts, if you will. They didn’t come into the record. I wasn’t interested in them at that point. I was interested in what pulled me through. And that for me at the time was love.

"For some reason I’ve started writing recently and these things are now starting to now come into the songs," he continues. "It’s five and a half years later. So for whatever reason they’re just coming through a little bit more now. And I want to explore some of those now. I think it’s been long enough to have a particular perspective on it as well, where again it’s not conscious, the songs are just starting to touch upon some of these things."

No release date has been set for the Aussie singer/songwriter's next album. Keith is currently working on singing competition The Voice in Australia, and says he is flying songwriters to Los Angeles to work on the album, as he says it is easier on his family to take one direct flight from Australia to Los Angeles. The family is staying at their Los Angeles home while in the United States as Keith begins writing for his follow-up album to 2010's Get Closer.


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