Singer, songwriter, guitarist, TV show judge, record producer
Music Genres: Country, country pop, country rock, pop rock
Years active: 1990–present
Instruments: Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo guitar
Occupations: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, TV show judge, record producer
Keith Urban Biography
Keith Lionel Urbahn was born October 26, 1967 in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand. Urban is a singer, songwriter and record producer well known for his work in country music
After releasing a self titled album In 1991, and charting four singles in Australia he moved to the United States the following year.
He worked as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which he recorded one studio album on Capitol Nashville and charted two singles.
Urban released his solo American debut in 1999. It produced his first number one hit and was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA,
The album Golden Road released in 2002, was 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.
2004’s Be Here album, produced three more number one singles and became his highest selling album, earning a 4× Platinum certification. Country Airplay chart number one hits kept coming and charting for the next few years. “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, became Urban’s longest reigning number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, spending 12 weeks at number one.
Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in Australia), as well as one album with The Ranch. He has charted 37 singles, 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. Those also include his third Grammy Award-winning single “Sweet Thing” from his album Defying Gravity.
Keith Urban played The Merritt Mountain Music Festival in 2002.