Keith Urban Schedules Tour Around Family Time

07/23/2009 at 04:00 PM ET

Life on the road can be hard for musicians, but even more so when they have little ones at home. As dad to daughter Sunday Rose, 1, country star Keith Urban tackled the unique task of planning his Escape Together tour around his family. By only being out on the road for “three or four days at a time,” Keith is able to spend ample time with his baby girl and wife, actress Nicole Kidman. Although it meant expanding the tour to seven months long to “allow for that sort of schedule,” the 41-year-old says that it’s been worth it.

“There’s a certain balance that I’ve got to have in my life,” Keith explains. “My family is extremely important to me. Playing live is important to me too. So how do I balance the two? We structured the tour so I fly to the first date, then bus it to the next couple shows.”

The audience gets a better show as well, he notes, because the band doesn’t get burned out. “We’re not just going through the motions. Come the first show of each week, I’m chomping at the bit to play. Then we’re home for three or four days. There’s never a show when it’s like the 14th show in a row without being home.”

After battling alcoholism with a trip to rehab shortly after his marriage to Nicole, Keith says his current album Defying Gravity reflects his new outlook — and the joy fatherhood has brought him.

“I think all of these things — marriage, sobriety, fatherhood certainly — in the last couple of years, those have been wonderful turns in my life. They’ve just been wonderful.”

Source: Fresno Bee

— Angela

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Ashley on

Sunday is an absolute doll and really does look like her Daddy. I’m such a fan of Keith’s and love hearing his success story, marriage and fatherhood really have saved him!

Jackie Nolte on

We all have to have that certain balance in our lives and I think Keith has nailed it this time! We love Keith and are happy that he has taken such an important role in his life by being a daddy. See you in Seattle!

Bancie1031 on

Awww Sunday is such a cutie pie …. I wish that we could see more of her …. but I know that Nicole and Keith try to keep her under wraps …..

trish on

Keith & Nicole seem to be a great couple, luv their beautiful baby! Sunday looks so much like her daddy!

crimpe on

I have been so curious about what Sunday looks like. I respect that they keep her away from the cameras. Wow, Keith looks so much better…not so plucked, orange, botoxed and bleached. He’s actually a good-looking guy.

Anita Seyfried/Mercer on

I know we are all happy for Keith! He so outstander as a performer and Family man! So happy for you!

Jeni on

I’m so happy about how Keith’s life is turning out. He seems to be in such a good place in his life right now and I think that’s due to his family.

And I commend the fact that they’ve tried to keep Sunday, their daughter, out of the spotlight as much as possible. Although as a fan, I’d love to see new photos of her every once in a while, I understand where they’re coming from.

Hopefully that little girl will be able to have at least a fairly normal life, as I’m sure she’s being raised by two wonderful people.

Terri on

Wow! she is adorable,kids grow up so fast these days,she sure is starting to look like Keith,im so glad they are not putting her in the public eye as much,not good for kids.

Tee on

Keith Urban has done a wonderful job of getting his life straightened out. I admire Nicole for standing beside her husband while he was in rehab. Sunday is a beautiful little girl. It’s hard to believe that she’s already a year old! This is one couple that I would certainly love to see with a household of children!

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