Keith Urban

Born 26 October 1967.
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Glen Campbell tribute - CMA Awards 2011

Keith Urban, Vince Gill & Brad Paisley pay tribute to Glen Campbell at the 45th Annual CMA Awards.

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Biography

Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand-Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and television music competition judge. When he was 2 years old, his parents moved the family to Australia, where his career eventually began. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, 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, he made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the U.S., 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 2000–2010 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 31 March 2009 and 16 November 2010 respectively. In September 2013, he released a brand new album titled Fuse, which produced two number ones on the newly introduced Country Airplay chart with its first two singles, "Little Bit of Everything" and "We Were Us". The third single, "Cop Car", was released in January 2014.

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  1. Review of Be Here

    Be Here 2004

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    In a Nashville environment where tales of Deep South trailer park poverty are worn...
  2. Review of In The Ranch

    In The Ranch 2004

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    The combined musical talents of Urban, coupled with the young Aussie's considerable...