The country superstar spent time sharing some of his secrets to success with the young, aspiring songwriters.
Urban told the students he devoted all of his time to music as a child, adding that his father played the drums and his grandfather taught piano lessons.
“The first concert my parents took me to was Johnny Cash. I think I was five,” Urban recalled, adding, “My dad had brought us little cowboy shirts, little boots and everything, it was adorable and off we go to see Johnny Cash.”
Urban added that his parents were supportive of his dream of pursing music.
“I joined my first band when I was 12 and mom and dad used to drive me around to all the gigs,” he said. “When I was 15, I quit school. [I'm] not suggesting you do that, but that's what I did.”
The country crooner said he did not seriously think about songwriting until he was in his early 20s and that his approach to writing is all about rhythm.
“I think the important thing is to respond quickly to ideas before they go, because they don't hang around sometimes very long,” Urban said.
Thursday's program was funded by the Metro Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Urban has raised $1.5 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame with his annual “All for the Hall” benefit concerts.
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit their Web site.