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Country star Keith Urban makes surprise visit to Nashville, Tenn. school

Keith Urban and the CMA Foundation visit Hillwood High School in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. (Photo: Acacia Evans/CMA)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A group of Nashville high school students had quite the surprise Tuesday when Keith Urban stopped by for an unannounced visit!

Urban met with students from Hillwood High School’s Rock Band, Orchestra, Choir and Band programs. The 12-time CMA Award winner answered questions about songwriting, performing and the music industry.

He also took in two student performances by the school’s Rock Band and String Orchestra in preparation for their upcoming winter concerts, one featuring his own hit “Wasted Time.”

Alongside the CMA Foundation, Urban encouraged the students to follow their dreams and further their music education.

“There is nothing more fulfilling than experiencing the incredible impact music has on a student’s life," says Tiffany Kerns, Executive Director, CMA Foundation. “Whether they are performing music or talking about the transformative power of music, yesterday's school visit reiterated that our priority in education is always our students’ ability to be successful, heard, and seen. Keith provided insight on his musical journey but more importantly, he shared a commonality with the students - music making is life changing and critical to our next generation.”

The surprise visit came a day before Urban announced his world tour dates for “The Speed of Now World Tour.” The move marks the singer’s first world tour in four years.