72 Facts About Keith Urban


Keith Lionel Urban was born on 26 October 1967 and is a New Zealand-born Australian-American singer, guitarist, and songwriter known for his work in country music.


Keith Urban wrote and performed the song "For You" from the film Act of Valor, which earned him nominations at both the 70th Golden Globe Awards and at the 18th Critics' Choice Awards in the respective Best Original Song categories.


Keith Urban has released 11 studio albums, as well as one album with the Ranch.


Keith Urban 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".


Keith Urban worked with numerous artists from different music genres, such as Pink, Nelly Furtado, Jason Derulo, Julia Michaels, and country artists like Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Eric Church, and Reba McEntire.


Keith Urban started 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.


Still signed to Capitol, Keith Urban made his solo American debut in 1999 with a second eponymous album.


Keith Urban was a coach on the Australian version of the singing competition The Voice and a judge on American Idol.


In October 2013, Keith Urban introduced his own signature line of guitars and accessories.


Keith Urban was born on 26 October 1967 in Whangarei, New Zealand.


Keith Urban is the youngest son of Marienne and Robert "Bob" Urbahn.


At two years of age, Keith Urban moved with his parents to Caboolture, Queensland, Australia.


From an early age Keith Urban's influences reflected the tastes of his parents, who enjoyed country music.


Keith Urban took lessons from his teacher, Sue McCarthy, and began entering local competitions, in addition to acting in a local theatre company.


Keith Urban has stated that his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler and Lindsey Buckingham.


In 1983, Keith Urban was a contestant on the Australian TV talent show New Faces.


Keith Urban performed regularly on stage at the Northern Suburbs Country Music Club in Bald Hills, where he was a member.


In 1990, Keith Urban signed with EMI in Australia and released his self-titled debut album.


Keith Urban appeared on the 1990 compilation album Breaking Ground - New Directions in Country Music, which was nominated for the 1991 ARIA Award for Best Country Album.


Keith Urban toured as a backup act to Slim Dusty between 1993 and 1994.


Keith Urban appeared for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry backing Dusty.


Keith Urban sang backing vocals on INXS's 1991 single "Shining Star".


Keith Urban released his self-titled American debut album in 1999 under the production of session pianist Matt Rollings.


Keith Urban won the Top New Male Vocalist Award at the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2001 Country Music Association's Horizon Award.


Keith Urban released his second American album, Golden Road, in 2002.


In 2004, Keith Urban performed "Lights on the Hill" at the Tamworth tribute concert following the death of Australian country singer Slim Dusty, an artist whom he had both written for and covered.


In 2005, Keith Urban performed in front of European audiences for the first time.


The former, which Keith Urban wrote with Richard Marx, spent six weeks at number 1 and the latter spent three weeks at number 2.


Keith Urban released his first greatest hits collection Greatest Hits: 18 Kids on 20 November 2007.


In January 2008, Keith Urban embarked on the "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride World Tour" with fellow country singer Carrie Underwood.


In early May 2008, Keith Urban debuted a new song at the Grand Ole Opry titled "A New Sunshine".


Later that year, Keith Urban served as a duet artist for Brad Paisley's single "Start a Band," on which both he and Paisley sang and played guitar.


Keith Urban announced that the lead single for his fifth studio album would be titled "Sweet Thing".


Keith Urban performed this song on American Idol, during the season 8 finale, as a duet with eventual winner Kris Allen.


Between the two, Keith Urban made a guest appearance on then-labelmate Emily West's single "Blue Sky," which charted at number 38.


Keith Urban's 2009 Escape Together tour, supporting the Defying Gravity album, featured many big-name opening acts, such as Taylor Swift, Sugarland, and Jason Aldean.


On 27 June 2009, Keith Urban filmed a video for the song, "Only You Can Love Me This Way", at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.


In 2009, Keith Urban was a judge for the eighth annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.


In May 2010, Keith Urban entered the studio to begin work on a new album.


Keith Urban wrote, "Put You in a Song" with Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, and "Long Hot Summer" with Richard Marx.


On 10 April 2012, Keith Urban was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Vince Gill at the third annual We're All for the Hall benefit concert which Keith Urban organized.


Keith Urban was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on 21 April 2012.


Keith Urban plays guitar on Tim McGraw's early-2013 single "Highway Don't Care", which features a guest vocal from Taylor Swift.


On 13 May 2013, Keith Urban released the single "Little Bit of Everything", produced by Nathan Chapman.


Unlike his previous albums, Keith Urban co-produced with 10 other producers on this album.


In June 2015, Keith Urban released "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16", as the lead single to his eighth American studio album, Ripcord.


In October 2015, Keith Urban teased a new song called "Break on Me"; it was released to the public on 23 October.


On 22 September 2015, Keith Urban celebrated the tenth anniversary of his third studio album Golden Road being certified triple platinum, for sales of three million copies of his record.


On 16 May 2019, Keith Urban released a brand new single, "We Were", a reflective mid-tempo ode to mischievous youth.


On 24 November 2019, Keith Urban played the halftime show at the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup championship in Calgary.


On 27 February 2020, Keith Urban released the single, "God Whispered Your Name" to country radio.


In May 2020, Keith Urban hosted a drive-in concert for medical workers.


Later in May 2020, Keith Urban announced his eleventh studio album, The Speed of Now Part 1, would be released on 18 September 2020.


In July 2020, Keith Urban released another promotional single, "Superman", which was released to radio in Australia.


Keith Urban followed that up with "Change Your Mind" in August 2020.


In December 2020, Keith Urban was listed at number 29 in Rolling Stone Australia's "50 Greatest Australian Artists of All Time" issue.


Keith Urban is a featured artist on Taylor Swift's track "That's When" from Fearless, Swift's first re-recorded studio album, which was released on 9 April 2021.


In July 2022, Keith Urban released the single "Brown Eyes Baby," which was co-written by Morgan Wallen.


Keith Urban is slated to embark on his headlining "The Speed of Now World Tour" in June 2022, with Ingrid Andress as his opening act.


On 23 November 2011, Keith Urban was confirmed as one of the four vocal coaches in the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice, alongside Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem.


On 14 September 2012, Keith Urban released a statement that he would not be signing back on for season two and was replaced by Ricky Martin.


The Fox Broadcasting Company officially announced on 16 September 2012 that Keith Urban would replace Steven Tyler as a judge in season 12 of American Idol alongside Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.


Keith Urban was joined by former judge Jennifer Lopez and newest judge Harry Connick Jr.


Keith Urban returned to judge the 15th season of American Idol in 2016.


In October 2013, during a concert in Tampa, Florida, Keith Urban announced he would sell 'signature' guitars and accessories through Home Shopping Network.


Keith Urban met Australian actress Nicole Kidman at G'Day LA, a Hollywood event promoting Australia, in January 2005, and they began dating six months later.


On 2 February 2007, Urban filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey painter by the same name, who has a website called KeithUrban.


On 7 January 2008, Kidman said she and Keith Urban were expecting their first child together.


Keith Urban is a citizen of New Zealand, his place of birth, as well as a citizen of both Australia and the United States.


Keith Urban has struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction in his past.


On 19 October 2006, Keith Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in California.


Keith Urban was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia at the 2020 Australia Day Honours for "distinguished service to the performing arts as a singer and songwriter, and to charitable organisations".