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Evan Agostini / Invision/AP 1 / 9

It wasn't easy for country star Brantley Gilbert to stop drinking. Thank goodness he had Keith Urban.

Sober now for three years, the "Bottoms Up" singer's decision to get clean didn't come easily since he'd had the impression that a little alcohol was necessary to perform.

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The country tough guy faced a dilemma: How do you have happiness, a successful career and sobriety at the same time? Turns out, he needed to look no further than Keith, who struggled with alcohol in the past, but has been sober for eight years.

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While paying him a visit in the hospital, Keith told Brantley that he'd have to become a whole new performer, but that he was capable of doing just that.

"I was worried I wouldn't be able to do my job because I had always had a little bit of a buzz on," he said, according to CMT News. "Keith told me I was going to be all right."

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He was right. Brantley has become a fast-rising country star who has found happiness in his personal life -- he was recently engaged -- and his recreational life.

"Being onstage and on a motorcycle are two of the only places I feel comfortable and free," Brantley said. "Those are my happy places."