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Keith Urban

Although born in New Zealand and raised in nearby Australia, Keith Urban made his biggest splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary country music. By embracing drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop, Urban wrote songs that appealed to a wide audience, effectively satisfying his Nashville fans without alienating those more accustomed to pop music. He also became a genuine celebrity, known for his good looks, his marriage to Nicole Kidman, and his outspoken battle with alcoholism. Even so, it was the music that maintained Urban's career, from his work with the Ranch during the late '90s to the acclaimed solo albums that followed.

Keith Urban began learning guitar as a six-year-old. His father, the owner of a local convenience store, agreed to hang a guitar teacher's flyer in his shop window in exchange for free lessons. The lessons went to his son, who demonstrated natural talent on the instrument and won several talent competitions while still in elementary school. Urban grew comfortable on-stage, and he worked on his singing and acting abilities as a member of the Westfield Super Juniors, a local theater company. Meanwhile, he took a cue from his father (who had a deep interest in American culture and country music) by gravitating toward the work of Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, and Jimmy Webb, all of whom inspired his early attempts at songwriting. Urban added his own dimension to those influences when he discovered Dire Straits and became interested in the fretwork of Mark Knopfler, which led to in-depth study of Knopfler's technique.

Australian country music was primed for a revolution at the start of the '90s, and Keith Urban -- young, brash, and blonde, with a guitar style that owed heavily to rock & roll -- was part of that transformation. After signing with the Australian branch of EMI Records, he issued his first album and scored several number one hits in his home country. Even so, Urban's sights remained set on Nashville, Tennessee, which he considered to be the birthplace of the music he loved. Having already taken trips to Nashville to forge career bridges, he soon decided to base himself in the city. His Australian bandmate, drummer Peter Clarke, also came along, and the two formed the Ranch during their first few months in America. Although their original bass player returned to Australia, West Virginian Jerry Flowers quickly stepped in.

The Ranch's music was raw and rowdy, more indicative of Australian pub rock than Nashville's country scene. Nevertheless, the band netted a record deal with Capitol Nashville and a management contract with Miles Copeland, who had previously managed the Police. The group's debut album, The Ranch, was released to moderate acclaim in 1997, but Urban was forced to take a break when he developed throat problems, and the Ranch disbanded soon after. While Urban remained on vocal rest, other artists called upon him to play guitar on their records. Garth Brooks asked Urban to perform on Double Live, the Dixie Chicks invited him to play on their second album (which featured a reworked version of "Some Days You Gotta Dance," a song that also appeared on the Ranch's debut), and Matt Rollings -- one of Nashville's top producers -- hired Urban as a session player for his latest album. The two quickly clicked.

Impressed with Rollings' knowledge of Nashville's session players, Urban asked him to produce his next solo record. Released in 1999, the self-titled Keith Urban spawned four hit singles and paved the way for his successful career in America. A tour in support of that album saw Urban opening for major acts like Dwight Yoakam, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, as well as headlining his own shows. Urban found more success with 2002's Golden Road, which sent three singles to the top of the country charts and went triple platinum in the U.S., as well as 2004's Be Here, which bested the feats of its predecessor by selling over four million copies. Keith Urban was now a contemporary country superstar, replete with Grammy nominations and paparazzi attention, and his label capitalized on that attention by reissuing the Ranch's debut album later that year. An anthology of Urban's work, Days Go By, followed in 2005.

The next year, Urban continued to attract media attention with his highly publicized engagement (and June marriage) to fellow Australian Nicole Kidman, plus his voluntary entry into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse. He postponed all his upcoming promotional appearances while in treatment, although the album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in November as scheduled. It failed to produce a number one hit (the first of Urban's solo albums not to), but Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing still went double platinum in America, aided in part by a successful tour with Carrie Underwood.

Following the birth of his and Kidman's first child, a daughter, Urban returned to the top of the charts in 2008 with a re-recorded version of "You Look Good in My Shirt," which had originally appeared on 2002's Golden Road. The new version appeared on his latest compilation record, Greatest Hits, and its success helped pave the way for Urban's next solo album. Released in 2009, Defying Gravity found him singing about life with Kidman on songs like "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way," both of which peaked at number one. Meanwhile, "Kiss a Girl" became his highest-charting single to date on the pop charts, and two additional tunes -- "'Til Summer Comes Around" and "I'm In" -- both charted well in the country market, making Defying Gravity a crossover success.

Nearly three years had passed between the release of Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing and Defying Gravity. Urban worked quickly on his next album, though, releasing Get Closer during the final months of 2010 and returning to the charts with its lead single, "Put You in a Song." That year, he and Kidman had a second child, another daughter, via surrogate. In 2011 Urban returned to Australia to appear as a judge on the first season of that country's version of The Voice, though he did not return for a second, instead returning to Nashville.

In addition to commencing work on his eighth album, Urban was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Vince Gill in April 2012; he accepted and was inducted later that month. In September, he joined American Idol as a judge. Urban continued to work on his album through all of this activity. Inspired to create something new, he worked with producer Nathan Chapman to add subtle funk and hip-hop elements to his country-pop sound. The resultant album, Fuse, was released in September 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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kiss your hand 5 times post this on 2 other songs then look under your pillow
moirarose11
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This song is the Keith Urban I fell in love with!!! OOOO BABY!
kiss a girl
Keith Urban rocks
cray cray
elizabethcru m c r u m
Don't read this cause it actually works you will be kissed on Friday tomorrow will be the best day of your life now you started reading this so don't stop you don't post in two days you will die post this on 5 of your songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works
going to his concert tomorrow night with jerrod neiman, brett eldridge sooooo excited!! Love country music:)
Your cool
alissahampe
I also love this song :)❤️
I just cry this song
He's good
Awesome music
love country music
This is the most beautiful song ever !!!
they make me cry! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
Omg like your songs!!!(:
little bit of everything
Damn I love this guy he's so amazing and he seems to have a song for me and my moods that I'm in whatever it is that I am in
I love you Keith. I know your older than me, but age is just a number.!!
say iPhone 5 times
pick a color
post this on 5 other songs
look under Ur pillow
aaron.mcclel l a n 0
Like all Keith urban's songs & so does my brother
Why can't u just tell me the truth so I have closure or your still Using me for another woman's wealth wth Rex I'm going crazy
This is how I feel why did you do this exactly this whyyyyyy I'm going to bbc my self
You Are my favorite artist by far
I wanna cry to night b here without you baby
Love this song we got pooled over in trinity county goin to Houston
caryllyn.ake r s
Keith is the best
kristenblous e
You rock I love you Keith ubran
ajpalexis
Thank you Keith
Your`'ll think of me is the best
Your the man
Don't read this it actually works. Your will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters. This Is so scary because it actually works.
Please follow me everyone if you hate Justin beiber
little bit of everything
Tonight i wanna cry love it and i wont to cry tonight
berthaned
I never like country music until I started to listen to keith Urban.i just love him.
Kiss your hand 5 times
Repost this to 2 other songs
Look under your pillow
I love your songs. Your one of me favorite male singers I hope there mor hits to come.
This song goes out to the Hwy patrol Cop that rescued me on I-20 memorial day...he had the bluest eyes in Texas! Lv u! & thank u. U were so sweet!
Wish there was LOVE button for this guy, Like just doesn't cover it!!
Love this song
Love this song.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary put it on at least five songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Funny song! Lol
natalieslocu m
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is scary but it works!
lesliedye133
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Omg Keith I love youuuuuu!!! You guys he needs more likes!!
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