Keith Lionel Urban AO is an Australian singer, songwriter and record producer. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, charting four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year. He has released a total of eleven studio albums, as well as one album with The Ranch. 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.
About Keith Urban in brief
Keith Lionel Urban AO is an Australian singer, songwriter and record producer. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, charting 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 US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He has released a total of eleven studio albums, as well as one album with The Ranch. 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. In October 2013, Urban introduced his own signature line of guitars and accessories. In May 2020, Keith Urban hosted a drive-in concert for medical workers in Nashville, Tennessee, for a crowd of more than 200 medical workers from Vanderbilt Health. His eleventh album The Speed of Now Part 1 was released in 2020 and includes the global hit \”One Too Many\” with Pink, in addition to Country Airplay top ten hits \”We Were\” and \”God Whispered Your Name\”. He has charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country songs chart, 18 of which went to number one, counting a duet with Brad Paisley and the 2008 single \”You Look Good in My Shirt\”, which he previously recorded on Golden Road. In 1983, Urban was a contestant on Australian TV talent show New Faces. A few years later, he began making inroads into the Australian country music scene. He was a member of a band called ‘Kids Country’, that performed during holidays at various venues and made appearances on Reg Conway’s Country Music Program, Mike McClellan’s Reg Country Program, and various other TV programmes.
He won a Golden Guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1996. He is the youngest son of Marienne and Robert Urbahn, from Whangarei, New Zealand, and lived with his parents in Caboolture, Queensland, Australia. His father, who owned a convenience store, put an ad for a guitar teacher in his shop window. Urban took lessons from his teacher, Sue McCarthy, and began entering local competitions, including acting in local theatre company. In 1999, he made his solo American debut in 1999 with a second eponymous album. In 2000, he produced his first number one on the Hot Country Song chart with \”But for the Grace of God\”. The first single from his second Capitol album Golden Road, was named by Billboard as the biggest country hit of the 2000s decade. The album’s fourth single, \”You’ll Think of Me\”, featuring his nephew and Australian country artist Rory Gilliatte, earned him his first Grammy Award. In 2002, Urban released a greatest hits package titled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids. Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on 31 March 2009 and 16 November 2010, respectively, respectively. In September 2013, he released the album Fuse, which produced four more number one hits, two of which are duets—one with Miranda Lambert and the other with Eric Church.