Singers » Rock Singers » KEITH URBAN
|Full name||: Keith Urban|
|Alias||: Keith Urban|
|Address||: Whangarei, New Zealand|
|Animals||: The Sheep|
|Father||: Bob Urban|
|Mother||: Marienne Urban|
|Siblings||: Shane Urban|
|Wife||: Nicole Kidman|
|Children||: Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban|
|Activists||: Rock Singers , Country Singers, Guitarists|
Keith Urban is a country musician and guitarist who is famous not just in his native Australia but also in the U.S. and the rest of the world for his soul stirring music. The multiple Grammy Award winner started his musical career in Australia before shifting to the U.S. to try his luck there. Born into a family of music lovers, Urban was exposed to country music from a young age and was also given guitar lessons. As a teenager, he participated and won in several talent shows. He started playing for a local country band and developed his own unique style of music—a combination of rock guitar and country sound—which enabled him to carve a niche for himself in Australia. He released an album and several singles in his home country which were met with considerable success. Propelled by his success he moved to the U.S. to further his career. He set off to a flying start with his first band ‘The Ranch’ and eventually left the band to focus on his solo career. His solo debut album, the self-titled ‘Keith Urban’ was a smash hit and there was no looking back for the talented singer. The versatile musician is also skilled at playing the acoustic guitar, banjo, bass guitar, piano and mandolin.
He released his self-titled debut album ‘Keith Urban’ in 1991 with EMI Australia. During the early 1990s he toured as a backup to Slim Dusty and recorded a re-worked version of Dusty’s ‘Lights on the Hill’. He also appeared at the Grand Ole Opry backing Dusty.
He moved to the U.S. in 1992. There he struggled for years to find a footing and also developed a cocaine habit.
During the mid 1990s he worked in collaboration with other artists like Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and Vernon.
In 1997, he formed a country music band called ‘The Ranch’ with fellow musicians Jerry Flowers and Peter Clarke. Keith played several musical instruments for the band in addition to being the lead vocalist. The band released only one album and two singles before breaking up in 1998.
He had developed a severe cocaine addiction problem by now and checked into the treatment center, Cumberland Heights, for rehabilitation, in 1998.
After coming out clean he released his self-titled American debut album ‘Keith Urban’ in 1999. The album was a hit and gave him the breakthrough he was seeking so desperately.
His next album ‘Golden Road’ was out in 2002. It featured the singles ‘Somebody Like You’, ‘Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me’ and ‘You’ll Think of Me’ which went on to become No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.
His 2004 album ‘Be Here’ spawned three No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts and two No. 2 hits. Keith had written nine of the songs on this album himself.
He released the album ‘Defying Gravity’ in 2009. The album’s lead-off single ‘Sweet Thing’ topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was commercially very successful and was also nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 2010, he released his album ‘Get Closer’ which received positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
His latest album is ‘Fuse’ which was released in September 2013. The album featured a variety of sounds and more prominent lyrics as compared to its predecessors and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the U.S. Top Country Albums chart.
His album ‘Golden Road’ had three singles that peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. The album was accredited platinum in Australia and multi-platinum in the U.S. and Canada.
The album ‘Be Here’ which produced three No.1 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts is Keith’s best-selling album to date and is certified multi-platinum. The album peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart.
Keith Urban was born in New Zealand to Robert Urban and Marienne. The family shifted to Australia when Keith was two.
His parents loved American country music and encouraged the boy’s musical passion. His father arranged for him to receive guitar lessons. Keith participated in local music competitions and also played for a music band.
He dropped out of school when he was 15 in order to pursue a career in music. He gained a footing in the Australian country music scene by performing regularly on the Reg Lindsay Country Homestead TV Program and other television programs. He also won a golden guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival along with his music partner Jenny Wilson.
He is married to actress Nicole Kidman since 2006. The couple has two children.