Country Music's Guitar Hero
Keith Urban has become one of the biggest stars in country music over the last two decades thanks to his catchy songs, guitar skills, and magnetic stage presence. Born in New Zealand in 1967, Urban grew up listening to country legends like Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton as well as rock icons like Dire Straits and Eagles. After winning a talent contest at age 8, Urban knew music would be his career.
Urban’s family moved to Australia when he was still young. As a teenager, he began honing his musical talents by performing in bands around Brisbane. After dropping out of high school, Urban pursued music full-time, playing countless gigs and wedding receptions before landing a record deal in 1991.
Urban’s musical journey really took off when he moved to Nashville in 1992. After paying his dues playing dive bars and songwriter circles, Urban scored his first hit with “But for the Grace of God” in 2001. More success followed with chart-topping singles like “Somebody Like You”, “Days Go By”, and “Making Memories of Us.”
With his blend of country, pop, and rock, Urban has become one of music’s biggest crossover stars. His superstar status was cemented when he married famous actress Nicole Kidman in 2006. Urban has won 4 Grammy Awards and 13 CMA Awards thanks to hugely popular albums like Golden Road, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing, and Fuse.
Some career highlights for Urban include being a judge on American Idol, hosting multiple GRAMMY and ACM award shows, and performing for massive crowds on global tours. Though his influences range from Merle Haggard to Eric Clapton, Urban has developed his own signature sound and continues to be one of country’s most dynamic entertainers. With 10 studio albums under his belt and millions of records sold, Urban’s musical journey continues to inspire fans and fellow artists alike.