Keith Urban Returns with "A Lot More Clarity"

The three-time Grammy winner, Keith Urban talks to Harry Smith about his new CD, "Get Closer," his family life and how he was affected by the Nashville floods. CBS/The Early Show

Country music superstar Keith Urban is heating up the charts with a brand new collection of songs about all matters of the heart.

The three-time Grammy winner's new single "Put You In A Song" is already a fan favorite and can be found on his new CD, "Get Closer," which was released Tuesday.

PICTURES: Keith Urban

Urban stopped by "The Early Show" to chat with co-anchor Harry Smith and perform "Put You In A Song" and "Sweet Thing."

While the country superstar says that all his songs come from the heart, his heart is in a different place now.

"I've done that with all records, but I think just where I am today, with my family and my life in general - there's a lot more clarity," he said.

New Zealand-born and raised in Australia, Urban has been married to Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman (also an Aussie) for four years. The two have a 2-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose.

Although life has been good for Urban, sometimes you just can't control Mother Nature.

In May, as Urban was getting ready to go into the studio to record his current album, Nashville and surrounding areas were damaged by severe floods. Urban lost over 50 guitars, which is not easy for a musician who has a personal and sentimental attachment to his instruments.

PICTURES: Flooding at the Grand Old Opry
PICTURES: Flooding in Tennessee

Luckily, some guitars were salvageable.

"Actually this one (guitar) I'm holding is one that went in and we dragged it out, and dried it out and a lot of them are coming back to life. They look a little weird in spots, but they sound as good as ever," he said.

So how did he manage to find the strength to move forward with the album during such a devastating time?

"At first it was just that emotional feeling of all these instruments, some of them I've had for a long time. But the rest of it was just we were ready to make a record," he said. "We had our songs and the studio's booked and we're ready to go. I borrowed a guitar from my tech and we went in the studio and got in the studio. I bought a few on eBay."

"Get Closer" follows two consecutive Billboard country and pop No. 1 albums. His last effort, 2009's "Defying Gravity," spun off 5 top-five hits, including the chart-toppers "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way" bringing his total of No. 1 songs to 11.

Urban will be the featured performer at The Salvation Army's Kettle Kickoff at halftime of the nationally televised Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints game on Thanksgiving Day.
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