Keith Urban shares insights into how his role as a mentor on The Voice leaves him feeling inspired and discusses his approach to crafting an authentic record.

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Urban is set to make an appearance on Monday night’s episode of ‘The Voice,’ which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Keith Urban, known for his love of human connection, is set to appear on The Voice as this season’s mega mentor on Monday, April 8. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer shared his experience of connecting with the contestants and finding inspiration in the process.

Reflecting on his time on the show, Urban, 56, expressed admiration for the diverse range of artists represented at various stages of their careers, from newcomers to established stars like Chance the Rapper, Dan + Shay, John Legend, and Reba McEntire.

“I love being around new artists and artistry, period. Very inspiring to be around,” Urban remarked. He also highlighted the introspective aspect of his mentoring role, acknowledging how giving advice to contestants prompts him to reflect on his own practices. “So much of the advice that I might give to somebody, I’ll drive home afterwards and I’m thinking, ‘Do I do that myself?'” he explained. “It’s a bit of accountability as well.”

When it comes to singing competition shows, Keith Urban is no stranger. The country star previously served as a judge on American Idol from season 12 to 15. Additionally, he appeared on The Voice as former coach Blake Shelton’s advisor during season 15. Urban also took on the role of coach on the Australian version of The Voice for seasons 1, 10, and 11. When asked about his return to competition shows, he humorously remarked that he “just wanted to see what a double chair looked like.”

Reflecting on his experience working with new artists, Urban, known for hits like “Female,” shared, “The thing about working with new artists is I think on one hand, of course, I’ve got a lot of things I’ve learned in my career that might be helpful to them. But I also learn, that’s the thing about being in those environments is I’m watching artists create something that’s fresh and unique to them, and it’s always inspiring to be around because I’m constantly learning myself.”

After these encounters, Urban often finds himself inspired by contestants’ unique reinterpretations of the songs they cover.

As a mentor, Urban is prepared to offer tailored advice to each contestant based on their individual needs. However, one common sentiment among contestants is nerves — and Urban has a simple yet effective trick to help them overcome it.

“I heard somebody say a while ago that when you say, ‘I’m really, really nervous,’ just change out the word to ‘excited.’ And it has a profound change of energy in you,” he explains. “And I’ve done it myself recently where I was doing something and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so nervous.’ And then I’m like, ‘No, wait, I’m so excited.’ And it motivated me instead of giving this little tinge of fear or trepidation, and just changing the word made all the difference.”

Urban recently unveiled singles “Straight Line” and “Messed Up as Me,” both slated to feature on his forthcoming album. While a release date is yet to be set, Urban describes the album to PEOPLE as “very human,” focusing more on a “feeling” rather than literal interpretations.

“We’ll continue working towards a release date later this year, but I’m excited to share it. It’s been a unique journey assembling these songs and shaping the record. In many ways, the record shaped itself,” he explains. “It had its own energy and momentum that I simply followed. I can’t describe it any other way; it felt like the record guided me on how to make it. It’s remarkable.”

With a sense of hope, Urban emphasizes his commitment to inclusivity in his music. “My calling has always been inclusivity in what I do, especially in live concerts. It’s about bringing together diverse people and uniting them for a few hours,” he says. “As musicians, we have the privilege of bridging gaps and uniting people, even those with opposing views, through our music.”

Don’t miss Urban on Monday night’s Knockouts episode of The Voice, airing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.