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Keith Lionel Urbahn (born 26 October 1967) is an Australian country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year. He found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Nashville and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts.

Personal Life

Keith Urban was born on 26 October 1967, in New South Wales, Australia, and raised in Caboolture, Queensland. His parents, Marienne and Robert “Bob” Urban owned a convenience store. As a child, Keith showed an interest in music and soon began taking guitar lessons. He later recalled that his parents “were always supportive of my musical endeavors. I always knew my folks believed in me.” As a teenager, Keith began entering talent contests. In 1983, he won a spot on an Australian television show, New Faces.

Urban married actress, Nicole Kidman, on 25 June 2006, at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on the grounds of St Patrick’s Estate, Manly in Sydney. The couple has two daughters: Sunday Rose Kidman Urban (born 7 July 2008) and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban (born 28 December 2010), via surrogate, due to Kidman’s concern about getting pregnant again at an older age. The couple lives on a farm outside of Nashville.

Career

Urban’s first American album was a self-titled release in 1991, on EMI.  His second album, “The Ranch “, was released in 1997, on Capitol Nashville, and featured the singles “Clutterbilly” and “Some Days You Gotta Dance”.

In 2002, Urban released his third album, “Golden Road”, whose first two singles, “Somebody Like You” and “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me”, were both number one on the Country charts. The album’s third single, “You’ll Think of Me”, also reached number one, while a fourth single (“Raining on Sunday”) reached number 3. “Golden Road” was certified 3× Platinum in the United States, and Platinum in Australia.

In 2006, Urban released his fourth album, “Be Here”, whose three singles “Days Go By”, “Making Memories of Us” and “Better Life” were both number ones on the Country charts. The album’s fourth single, “You’re My Better Half”, reached number two, while a fifth single “Tonight I Wanna Cry” also reached number 2. “Be Here” was certified 4× Platinum in the United States, and 3× Platinum in Australia.

In early 2006, Urban began working on his fifth studio album, “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing”. The first single released from the album was “Once in a Lifetime”, followed by “Stupid Boy” and “I Told You So”. ” Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing” was released in November 2006 and debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 1 Top Country Albums charts. It was certified 2× Platinum in the United States and 3× Platinum in Australia. The album’s fourth single, “Everybody”, became his sixth No. 1 hit on the Billboard country charts.

Greatest Hits: 18 Kids was released in 2007, containing eighteen of his singles to that point. It was also certified Gold in the United States and 3× Platinum in Australia.

On 31 March 2009, Keith Urban’s sixth studio album “Defying Gravity” was released. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, becoming Keith’s second album to do so and his first since “Be Here”. The album also debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart, giving Urban his fourth No. 1 album on that chart. The lead-off single “Only You Can Love Me This Way” was released in late April and became Keith’s sixth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, spending three weeks atop that chart in June 2009. “Sweet Thing” was released as the second single from “Defying Gravity” and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, becoming Urban’s ninth No. 1 hit on that chart. The album’s third single, ” ‘Til Summer Comes Around”, was released in October 2009 and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Songs chart.

In 2010, Keith Urban released his seventh studio album, “Get Closer”. The album’s lead single, “Put You in a Song”, was released in September 13, 2010, and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The album’s second single, “Without You”, was released in February 2011 and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. It was also certified as Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Australia.

In 2012, Keith Urban was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He is also a member of the CMA and ACM.

In 2013, Keith Urban released his eighth studio album, “Fuse”. The album’s lead single, “Little Bit of Everything”, was released in May 2013 and peaked at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. The album’s second single, “Somewhere in My Car”, was released in June 2014 and peaked at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. In January 2015, Keith Urban released his ninth studio album, “Ripcord”. The album’s lead single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, was released on June 9, 2015, and peaked at No. 2 on the Country Airplay chart. The album’s second single, “Break on Me”, was released on 23 October 2015 and peaked at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.

On 27 April 2018, Keith Urban released his tenth studio album, Graffiti U. The album’s first single, “Female”, was co-written by Shane McAnallyRoss, Copperman, and Nicolle Galyon and co-produced by Keith Urban, Ross Copperman, and Dann Huff. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The album’s third single, “Coming Home”, featuring Julia Michaels, was released to country radio in March 2018. The song peaked at number three on the Country Airplay chart and number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On 6 March 2020, Keith Urban announced that his eleventh studio album The Speed of Now Part 1 would be released on 18 September 2020. The album’s lead single “We Were” was co-written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde and co-produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban. The album includes 16 songs, all co-written by Urban.

Discography

Keith Urban has released a total of twelve studio albums and four compilation albums.

  • Keith Urban (23 September 1991)
  • The Ranch (22 April 1997)
  • Keith Urban (19 October 1999)
  • Golden Road (8 October 2002)
  • Be Here (21 September 2004)
  • Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing (7 November 2006)
  • Defying Gravity (31 March 2009)
  • Get Closer (16 November 2010)
  • Fuse (10 September 2013)
  • Ripcord (6 May 2016)
  • Graffiti U (27 April 2018)
  • The Speed of Now Part 1 (18 September 2020)

Awards and Nominations

Keith Urban has received many awards and nominations for his work as a country music artist.

Some of his notable awards include:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Top Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Single of the Year
  • Male Vocalist of the Year

Keith Urban has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards, winning four times. He has also won several ACM Awards, AMA Awards, CMA Awards, and BMI Country Awards.