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Keith Urban

Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand born Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, entrepreneur and music competition judge. 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 Hot Country Songs chart.

Still signed to Capitol, Urban made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the US, it produced his first Number One on Hot Country Songs with "But for the Grace of God". "Somebody Like You", the first single from his second Capitol album, Golden Road (2002), was named by Billboard as the biggest country hit of the 2000s decade. The album's fourth single, "You'll Think of Me", earned him his first Grammy. 2004's Be Here, his third American album, produced three more number 1 singles, and became his highest-selling album, earning 4× Platinum certification. Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, containing "Once in a Lifetime", as well as his second Grammy song, "Stupid Boy". A greatest hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids followed in late 2007. Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on March 31, 2009 and November 16, 2010 respectively. In September 2013, he released a brand new album titled Fuse, which produced three more number ones on the newly introduced Country Airplay chart.

Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in the United Kingdom), as well as one album with The Ranch. He has charted 31 singles on the US country charts, of which 17 have reached Number One (counting a duet with Brad Paisley and the 2008 single "You Look Good in My Shirt", which Keith Urban himself previously recorded on Golden Road). Those number-ones also include his third Grammy Award winning single "Sweet Thing", which is from his album Defying Gravity.

Urban is also known for his roles as a coach on the Australian version of the singing competition The Voice, and as a judge on American Idol. Since 2006, he has been married to actress Nicole Kidman. In October 2013, Urban introduced his own signature line of guitars and accessories.


In January 2008 Keith and wife, Nicole Kidman, revealed they were set to welcome their first child together in July 2008.
Keith Urban was nominated for "Entertainer of the Year", "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" for Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing at the 2007 CMA Awards.
In May 2007, on a flight from Sydney to Adelaide, Keith was offered a complimentary bottle of wine by Qantas Airline staff. Keith later joked about the incident, since most people realise he is a recovering alcoholic.
Keith's video for his hit song, "Better Life," won Video of the Year at the 2006 CMT Music Awards.
In August of 2006, Keith Urban's hit "Once In A Lifetime" made history when it became the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of Billboard's country charts. It debuted at number 17.
In 2001, Keith Urban appeared partially nude on the cover of Playgirl magazine.
In 2001, Keith Urban won "Top New Male Vocalist Award" at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association's "Horizon Award."
Keith Urban first checked himself into rehab in 1998. He checked himself into Cumberland Heights, a treatment center in Nashville.
Keith Urban can play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, twelve string guitar, slide guitar, bass guitar, piano, banjo, drums, ganjo, E-bow, mandolin, bouzouki, papose, keys, drum machine, and poke.
Keith Urban voluntarily checked himself into a rehab center on October 19, 2006, for an addiction to alcohol.
Keith serenaded wife Nicole Kidman at their wedding reception with the song Memories Of Us.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were married in Sydney on June 25, 2006.
Keith and Nicole arrived in Australia on June 19th 2006, ahead of their weekend wedding.
US Magazine Country Weekly has announced Keith as its sexiest male country artist. More than 32,000 readers voted in the poll.
Keith won the ACM for top male vocalist in 2006. This is the second year he has been honored with this award.
He has said he does not know how to read music, it comes naturally to him.
Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney are very good friends.
Keith both wrote and produced "You're Not Alone Tonight."
"You'll Think Of Me" was Keith's first cross-over hit.
Keith Urban played alongside fellow country superstars, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Toby Keith in the Live 8 concert.
Keith gave an in depth interview on Dateline, leading the cameras back to his hometown in Caboolture on June 17th.
Keith Urban, Jerry Flowers, and Peter Clarke made up "The Ranch" trio.
The title of Keith's song "My Last Name" from his The Ranch CD also appeared on Dierks Bently's latest album, although the lyrics are different.
Keith Urban had a three-piece band in Australia called "Four Wheel Drive" but it became "The Ranch" when they moved their gig to the US.
Keith Urban has had seven #1 singles during his career in America and four #1 singles during his career in Australia.
Keith Urban played guitar for the Dixie Chicks' song "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and for Garth Brooks' Double Live album.
Keith Urban sang backup for INXS' song "Shining Star".
Keith Urban's current record label is Capitol Nashville but was also signed with EMI Records in Australia.
Keith Urban was featured in People's 2005 and 2007 "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.
Keith Urban was one of US Weekly Magazine's hottest country stars in 2005.
Keith Urban has had 10 Billboard Top 10 Singles.
Keith's favorite books are Three Magic Words by U.S. Anderson, and Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch.
Keith Urban's favorite actresses are Sally Field and Susan Sarandon.
Keith Urban's favorite food is sushi.
Keith Urban's favorite actors are Orson Wells, Michael Douglas, and Jack Nicholson.
Keith Urban's favorite movie is Citizen Kane.
The first song that he ever fully learned was "House of The Rising Sun."
His first musical performance was a guitar recital at age 6.
Keith Urban first achieved success in Australia before making the move to Nashville.
Keith has had 10 consecutive top 5 songs on the Billboard charts including: "But for the Grace of God", "Somebody Like You", "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me", "You'll Think of Me", "Days Go By", "Making Memories of Us", and "Better Life".
He is the reining 2005 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. He is also the Male Vocalist of the Year for 2004.
Discography:
The Ranch (1997),
Keith Urban (1999)
Golden Road (2002)
Be Here (2004)
Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (2006).

 

Country

But For The Grace Of God
Everybody
I Told You So
Once In A Lifetime
Somebody Like You
Stupid Boy
Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me
You Look Good In My Shirt
Better Life
Days Go By
I'm In
Kiss a Girl
Long Hot Summer
Only You Can Love Me This Way
Put You In A Song
Somebody Like You
Sweet Thing
Sweet Thing
Til Summer Comes Around
Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me
Without You
You Gonna Fly

Rock

Cop Car
Little Bit Of Everything
Raise 'em Up (feat. Eric Church)
Somewhere In My Car
We Were Us (and Miranda Lambert)

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