Keith Urban

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Keith Urban
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Urban performing in 2020
Background information
Birth nameKeith Lionel Urban
Born26 October 1967 (age 53)
Whangarei, New Zealand
OriginCaboolture, Queensland, Australia
GenresCountry country pop country rock pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer songwriter musician record producer
InstrumentsVocals guitar bass guitar piano mandolin banjo guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsCapitol Nashville Hit Red
Associated actsThe Ranch

Keith Lionel Urban AO (born 26 October 1967) 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.

Still signed to Capitol, Urban made his solo American debut in 1999 with a second eponymous album. Certified platinum in the US by the RIAA[GR1] , it produced his first number one on the Hot Country Songs chart 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 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, his third American album, produced three more number-one singles in “Days Go By“, “Making Memories of Us” and “Better Life“, and became his highest-selling album, being certified 4× Platinum. Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, containing “Once in a Lifetime” as well as his second Grammy Award-winning song, “Stupid Boy“. A greatest hits package titled 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 the album Fuse, which produced four more number ones on the Country Airplay chart, two of which are duets—one with Miranda Lambert and the other with Eric Church. “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” was released in June 2015[5] as the lead single of his eighth American studio album, Ripcord. The album later produced the Country Airplay chart number-one hits “Break on Me”, “Wasted Time”, and “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, with the latter also becoming Urban’s longest-reigning number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, spending 12 weeks atop the chart. His tenth album, Graffiti U, was released in 2018 and includes the Top 10 hit “Coming Home”. 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’s top ten hits “We Were” and “God Whispered Your Name“.

Urban has released a total of eleven studio albums (one of which was released only in Australia), as well as one album with The Ranch. 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 (“Start a Band“) 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.

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[GR2] . 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. His latest gig was mostly just him and two other musicians playing on a flatbed truck in front of about 125 cars. Urban played at the Stardust Drive-In movie theatre, about 60 km east of Nashville, Tennessee, for a crowd of more than 200 medical workers from Vanderbilt Health.

Early life

Keith Urban in Sydney, Australia

Urban was born on 26 October 1967, in Whangarei, New Zealand. He is the youngest son of Marienne and Robert “Bob” Urban. He 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, in addition to acting in a local theatre company. Urban has stated that his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac).

In 1983, Urban was a contestant on the Australian TV talent show New Faces. A few years later, he began making inroads into the Australian country music scene, with regular appearances on the Reg Lindsay Country Homestead TV Program, Mike McClellan’s Music Program, and various other TV programs performing duets with local Brisbane girl Jenny Wilson. They won a Golden Guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Urban also performed regularly on stage at the Northern Suburbs Country Music Club in Bald Hills, where he was a member. He was in a band called ‘Kids Country’, which performed during school holidays at various venues and made appearances on the Reg Lindsey show and Conway Country.

Musical career

1990–1999: Early years

In 1990, Urban signed with EMI in Australia and released his self-titled debut album. He 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. He toured as a backup act to Slim Dusty between 1993 and 1994. In the mid-1990s, both people recorded a re-worked duet of Dusty’s classic “Lights on the Hill“. Urban appeared for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry backing Dusty. He also sang backing vocals on INXS‘s live album Live Baby Live (1992).

Urban moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1992. The next year, he appeared in the music video for Alan Jackson‘s rendition of “Mercury Blues“. He and Vernon Rust co-wrote “Jesus Gets Jealous of Santa Claus” on Toby Keith‘s 1995 album Christmas to Christmas4 Runner‘s 1996 single “That Was Him (This Is Now)”, and “Tangled Up in Love” on the Raybon Brothers‘ 1997 self-titled album. In 1997, he formed a band known as The Ranch[GR3] , which included drummer Peter Clarke and bassist Jerry Flowers. The Ranch released one self-titled album for Capitol Records Nashville and charted two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts that year: “Walkin’ the Country” and “Just Some Love”. Throughout the late 1990s, Urban also played guitar on several other artists’ albums, such as Paul JeffersonTim Wilson, and Charlie Daniels.

1999–2001: Keith Urban

Urban released his self-titled American debut album in 1999 under the production of session pianist Matt Rollings. It was led by the number 18 single “It’s a Love Thing“, followed by the number four single “Your Everything“, which made him the first male New Zealand performer to reach the Top 10 on the US country charts. Its follow-up, “But for the Grace of God“, written by Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos, became his first number 1 hit on the charts. The last single, “Where the Blacktop Ends“, written by Steve Wariner and Allen Shamblin, went to number three. He won the Top New Male Vocalist Award at the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2001 Country Music Association‘s Horizon Award. Allmusic‘s Thom Jurek described the first and third singles favorably, and praised the instrumental track “Rollercoaster”, saying that Urban was “flat picking his Stratocaster like it was another extremity he was born with.” He thought that those songs “balance the slick and sometimes too-soft production on the record”.

2002–2006: Golden Road & Be Here

Urban released his second American album Golden Road in 2002. Of the 13 songs included on this album, Urban produced seven himself and co-produced the other six with Dann Huff. The album’s lead-off single “Somebody Like You” was released in July 2002 and spent six weeks at number one. The second single was the number three hit “Raining on Sunday“, which Radney Foster had previously released as a single from his 1998 album See What You Want to See. The third and fourth singles from the album, “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” and “You’ll Think of Me“, went to number one, with the latter winning him the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2005.

On 22 September 2005, Urban’s third studio album Golden Road was certified triple platinum, for sales of 3 million copies.

In 2002, Urban posed nude for Playgirl. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he stated that he regrets posing nude despite not showing any full frontal nudity.

Urban performed “Lights on the Hill” for Tamworth‘s 2004 tribute concert following the death of Australia’s Slim Dusty, an artist whom he had both written for and covered.

In 2005, Urban performed in front of European audiences for the first time. In May, Urban supported Bryan Adams on his UK and Ireland tour, which included dates at Earls Court, London, SECC, Glasgow and The Point, Dublin. On 6 June a UK-only album, Days Go By, was released. The album contained songs from both Be Here and Golden Road.

You Look Good in My Shirt” was originally intended to be the fifth single from this album. Instead, Capitol chose to release “Days Go By“, the lead-off to his third American album Be Here. By late 2004, this song became Urban’s fifth number-one hit on the country chart. Although it was not officially released, “You Look Good in My Shirt” spent one week at number 60 on the country charts in July 2004 and remained a fan favorite. The next single from this album was the #2 “You’re My Better Half“, followed by the five-week number 1 “Making Memories of Us“, which was written by Rodney Crowell and previously recorded by both Tracy Byrd and Crowell’s side project The Notorious Cherry Bombs. The next singles from this album were “Better Life” and “Tonight I Wanna Cry“. The former, which Urban wrote with Richard Marx, spent six weeks at number 1 and the latter spent three weeks at number 2. After this song, “Live to Love Another Day” spent 14 weeks on the country chart, reaching a peak of number 48, although it was never officially released as a single.

2006–2008: Love, Pain, & The Whole Crazy Thing and Greatest Hits: 18 Kids

Urban performs in 2007

On 21 August 2006, Urban’s “Once in a Lifetime” debuted at No. 17, setting what was then a new record for the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of the Hot Country Songs chart. Despite the high debut, the song peaked at number 6. Following it was “Stupid Boy“, which was co-written by Sarah Buxton, went to number 3, and won him his second Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2007. The album’s next two singles, “I Told You So” and “Everybody“, respectively peaked at numbers two and five. Urban released his first greatest hits collection Greatest Hits: 18 Kids on 20 November 2007. This compilation contains all of his Top 10 hits, along with two new songs, “Got It Right This Time (The Celebration) and a cover of Steve Forbert‘s “Romeo’s Tune”.”

In January 2008, Urban embarked on the “Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride World Tour” with fellow country singer Carrie Underwood. In early May 2008, Urban debuted a new song at the Grand Ole Opry titled “A New Sunshine”. That same month, Urban recorded a new version of “You Look Good in My Shirt” and released it as a single in June of that year. “Over the years it (“You Look Good In My Shirt”) has always played like a hit song,” Urban said. “That, combined with numerous requests from both fans and radio about why it was never a single, inspired us to get back into the studio and re-record the song.” The single was a precursor to the “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour” concert DVD release in the fall of 2008. Later that year, Urban served as a duet artist for Brad Paisley‘s single “Start a Band,” on which both he and Paisley sang and played guitar. This song was included on Paisley’s album Play and it went to No. 1 in January 2009.

2008–2010: Defying Gravity

Urban announced that the lead single for his fifth studio album would be titled “Sweet Thing“. This song became his 10th number one hit. Capitol Records released the album, Defying Gravity, on 31 March 2009. The second single, “Kiss a Girl“, was released in March 2009. Urban performed this song on American Idol, during the season 8 finale, as a duet with eventual winner Kris Allen. “Only You Can Love Me This Way“, the third single, went to number one. The fourth single, “‘Til Summer Comes Around“, went to number three. The fifth and final single “I’m In” is a cover of a song by Radney Foster, taken from the same album as “Raining on Sunday” was. This song was also recorded by The Kinleys, whose version had been a Top 40 single in 2000. Urban’s rendition went to number two. Between the two, Urban also made a guest appearance on then-labelmate Emily West‘s single “Blue Sky,” which charted at number 38.

Urban’s 2009 Escape Together tour, supporting the Defying Gravity album, featured many big-name opening acts, such as Taylor SwiftSugarland, and Jason Aldean. On 27 June 2009, 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, Urban was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.

2010–2012: Get Closer

In May 2010, Urban entered the studio to begin work on a new album. The recording process was documented in a blog on his official website. At the beginning of September, it was announced that the album would be titled Get Closer and would be released on 16 November. “Put You in a Song” was released as its first single on 13 September. It went to number 2, followed by “Without You“, “Long Hot Summer“, and “You Gonna Fly“, all of which went to number one. Urban wrote, “Put You in a Song” with Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes,[GR4]  and “Long Hot Summer” with Richard Marx. Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, who constitute the LoCash Cowboys, co-wrote “You Gonna Fly” with Jaren Johnston, then-member of the group American Bang. After “You Gonna Fly” fell from the charts, Urban released “For You“, which was featured as the theme song of the 2012 action film Act of Valor and appeared on the film’s soundtrack. The song peaked at number six on the country charts.

On 10 April 2012, 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 Urban organized. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on 21 April 2012.

Urban plays guitar on Tim McGraw‘s early-2013 single “Highway Don’t Care“, which also features a guest vocal from Taylor Swift. This song is the third single from McGraw’s album Two Lanes of Freedom.

2013–2015: Fuse

Urban performing at Darien Lake on 25 July 2014

On 13 May 2013, Urban released the single “Little Bit of Everything“, produced by Nathan Chapman. It was the first single from his eighth studio album, Fuse, which was released on 10 September 2013. The official music video for “Little Bit Of Everything” debuted on VEVO on 25 July 2013. Unlike his previous albums, Urban co-produced with 10 other producers on this album. The album’s second single, “We Were Us“, is a duet with Miranda Lambert. It reached number one on the Country Airplay[GR5]  chart in December 2013. The third single, “Cop Car“, was released in January 2014. A fourth single, “Somewhere in My Car” was released in June 2014. A fifth single, a duet with Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up,” was released to country radio on 26 January 2015. It reached number 1 on Country Airplay in May 2015.

2015–2017: Ripcord

In June 2015, Urban released “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16“, as the lead single to his eighth American studio album, Ripcord. In October 2015, Urban teased a new song called “Break on Me“; it was released to the public on 23 October. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart. On 22 September 2015, Urban celebrated the 10th anniversary of his third studio album Golden Road being certified triple platinum, for sales of 3 million copies of his record. “Wasted Time” was released as the album’s third single and it went on to reach the number one spot on the Country Airplay chart. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” was released as the album’s fourth single and became a huge hit for Urban. It topped the Hot Country Songs chart as well as the Country Airplay Chart, spending 12 weeks at number one on the former chart. “The Fighter“, a duet with Carrie Underwood, was released as the fifth single from the album.

In 2016, Urban was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on “Forever Country,” a medley of “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “On the Road Again“, and “I Will Always Love You” which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.

2017–2018: Graffiti U

On 8 November 2017, Urban released a new song titled “Female“, which has been described as “an empowerment anthem partially inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.” Urban said that the song, “[a]s a husband and a father of two young girls…It affects me in a lot of ways. And as a son — my mother is alive,” he added. “It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.” Kidman provided background vocals on the song. The song would serve as the lead single for Urban’s tenth studio album.

It was announced that Urban’s tenth studio album would be titled Graffiti U and that a world tour in support of it[GR6]  would begin in summer 2018. On 19 January, the Ed Sheeran co-written song “Parallel Line” was released as a single in Australia and the United Kingdom. On 21 March, Urban released the album’s second single “Coming Home“, a heavily pop-influenced, upbeat song featuring a duet with pop singer Julia Michaels. This song also features a revamped version of the opening riff of Merle Haggard‘s hit “Mama Tried” throughout it and with his family’s blessing, Haggard even received a posthumous credit for writing the song. Coming Home reached number one on the Mediabase Country Chart on 5 August 2018. As well as Julia Michaels, the album also features duets with Lindsay EllShy Carter, and Kassi Ashton. Never Comin’ Down was released to radio as the fourth single in August 2018.

2019–present: The Speed of Now Part 1

On 16 May 2019, Keith Urban released a brand new single, “We Were“, a reflective mid-tempo ode to mischievous youth. “I like the idea that life just happens. At some point, whether in the moment or not, you just gotta go with it”, he said. The track was co-written by Eric Church.

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

On 27 February 2020, Urban released the single, “God Whispered Your Name” to country radio. The track was co-written by Contemporary Christian artist Chris August.

On 24 April, Urban released the promotional single, “Polaroid”. In May 2020, Urban announced his eleventh studio album, The Speed of Now Part 1, would be released on 18 September 2020. In July 2020, Urban released another promotional single, “Superman”.

In the week prior to the album’s release, Urban hosted the rescheduled 55th Academy of Country Music Awards[GR7]  and premiered the third single off the album, “One Too Many” with Pink, which would become Urban’s first Top 10 all-genre song in his homeland of Australia.

Television and film appearances

The Voice

On 23 November 2011, Urban was confirmed as one of the four vocal coaches in the Australian version of the reality singing competition alongside SealJoel Madden and Delta GoodremThe Voice. On 14 September 2012, Urban released a statement that he would not be signing back on for season two. On December 15, 2020 it was announced that Urban would return to The Voice Australia season 10 for his second season alongside Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, and Rita Ora. Last serving on the panel during Season 1.

American Idol

The Fox Broadcasting Company officially announced on 16 September 2012 that Urban would replace Steven Tyler as a judge in season 12 of American Idol alongside Randy JacksonMariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. On 1 August 2013, it was officially confirmed that Urban would return as a judge for season 13. He was joined by former judge Jennifer Lopez and newest judge Harry Connick Jr.. On 23 June 2014, Fox announced that Urban would return to the judging panel for season 14. Urban returned to judge the 15th season of American Idol in 2016.

Slim and I

Urban features in the 2020 Australian documentary film Slim and I, directed by Kriv Stenders, talking about the influence on his life of acclaimed Australian country music husband-and-wife duo Slim Dusty and Joy McKean. The film features interviews and covers of McKean songs by acclaimed contemporary artists including Urban (Lights on the Hill[GR8] ), Missy HigginsPaul Kelly, and Troy Cassar-Daley.

Signature guitar line

In October 2013, during a concert in Tampa, Florida, Urban announced he would sell ‘signature’ guitars and accessories through Home Shopping Network (HSN). HSN offered the guitar packages twice in six months, resulting in 42,000 sales.

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and the Grammy Foundation.

Personal life

Urban with his wife Nicole Kidman at the 70th Golden Globe Awards in 2013

While living in Nashville, Urban frequently used cocaine. After reaching a personal low point in 1998, he became determined to stop using the drug and checked into Cumberland Heights, a treatment centre in Nashville.

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. They married on 25 June 2006 at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick’s EstateManly, in Sydney.

On 19 October 2006, Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in California. On 20 October, he issued a statement saying: “I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid that I have.” On 18 January 2007, Urban announced his completion of rehab and his plans to go on tour to promote his album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing.

On 2 February 2007, Urban filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey painter by the same name, who has a website called KeithUrban.com. The singer wanted to acquire the rights to the URL. The painter counter-sued. The lawsuit was settled in the painter’s favour.

On 1 October 2007, Urban skidded off his motorbike when a paparazzo [GR9] followed him near his home in Sydney. He was not hurt. In a statement released by his publicists, Urban said that the incident was “the result of one person’s desire to do his job and my desire to maintain my privacy”. Urban said that he tried to avoid an oncoming car and dropped his bike. He said the photographer came to his assistance without taking photos.

On 7 January 2008, Kidman said she and Urban were expecting their first child together. Kidman’s publicist said, “the couple are thrilled and cannot wait”. Kidman gave birth to a daughter in 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. On his website, Urban said:

“Earlier this morning Nic gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. We want to thank everybody that has kept us in their thoughts and prayers. We feel very, very blessed and grateful that we can share this joy with all of my loving fans today.”

In 2010, Urban and Kidman had a second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, by surrogate at Nashville’s Centennial Women’s Hospital.

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

Discography

Studio albums

Tours

Keith Urban in concert in 2007

Headlining tours

Co-headlining

Supporting tours

Awards and honours

In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Urban was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as an “Influential Artist”.

YearAwardsCategory
2001Academy of Country Music AwardsTop New Male Vocalist
Country Music Association AwardsHorizon Award
ARIA Music AwardsOutstanding Achievement Award
VMA AwardsMale Vocalist award
2003ARIA Music AwardsBest Country Album – Golden Road
BMI AwardsSong of the Year – “Somebody Like You
TCMA AwardsVideo Clip of the Year – “Somebody Like You”
2004Country Music Association AwardsMale Vocalist of the Year
2005Academy of Country Music AwardsAlbum of the Year – Be Here
Top Male Vocalist
ARIA Music AwardsBest Country Album – Be Here
CMT Music AwardsVideo of the Year – “Days Go By
Country Music Association AwardsMale Vocalist of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
International Artist of the Year
Billboard AwardsTop-selling Pop Catalogue Album of the Year –Golden Road
2006Grammy AwardsBest Male Country Vocal Performance – “You’ll Think of Me
Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Male Vocalist
Country Music Association AwardsMale Vocalist of the Year
CMT Music AwardsVideo of the Year – “Better Life
2007ARIA Music AwardsBest Country Album – Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
2008Grammy AwardsBest Male Country Vocal Performance; “Stupid Boy
2009Academy of Country Music AwardsVocal Event of the Year – “Start A Band” (w/ Brad Paisley)
Country Music Association AwardsMusical Event of the Year – “Start A Band” (w/ Brad Paisley)
CMT Music AwardsCollaborative Video of the Year – “Start A Band” (w/ Brad Paisley)
American Music AwardsCountry – Favourite Male Artist
2010Grammy AwardsBest Male Country Vocal Performance; “Sweet Thing
People’s Choice AwardsFavourite Male Artist
CMT Music AwardsBest Male Video
2011Grammy AwardsBest Male Country Vocal Performance; “‘Til Summer Comes Around
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Male Country Artist
2014Academy of Country Music AwardsMusic Video of the Year – “Highway Don’t Care
Vocal Event of the Year as a Producer – “We Were Us
Music Video of the Year duet with Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
Country Music Association AwardsMusical Event of the Year With Miranda Lambert
2017CMT Music AwardsVideo of the Year – “Blue Ain’t Your Colour”
Male Video of the Year – “Blue Ain’t Your Colour”
Collaborative Video of the Year feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”
Social Superstar of the Year
American Music AwardsFavourite Male Country Artist
Favourite Country Album – Ripcord
Favourite Country Song – “Blue Ain’t Your Colour”
2018Academy of Country Music AwardsVocal Event of the Year – “The Fighter” (with Carrie Underwood)
CMT Music AwardsPerformance of the Year – “The Fighter” (feat. Carrie Underwood)
Performance of the Year – “I Won’t Back Down” (with various artists)
Country Music Association AwardsEntertainer of the Year
2019Academy of Country Music AwardsEntertainer of the Year
CMT Music AwardsCollaborative Video of The Year – “Coming Home” (feat. Julia Michaels)

In addition the aforementioned, Urban has won 12 Golden Guitar Awards at the Country Music Awards of Australia[GR12] 

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 [GR1]The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says “create, manufacture, and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States”. The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

The RIAA was formed in 1952. Its original mission was to administer recording copyright fees and problems, work with trade unions, and do research relating to the record industry and government regulations. Early RIAA standards included the RIAA equalization curve, the format of the stereophonic record groove and the dimensions of 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm records

 [GR2]American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002 to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. It was on hiatus for two years until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series aired on ABC.

It started as an addition to the Idols format that was based on Pop Idol from British television, and became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. The concept of the series involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by American viewers using phones, Internet, and SMS text voting. The winners of the first eighteen seasons, as chosen by viewers, are Kelly ClarksonRuben StuddardFantasia BarrinoCarrie UnderwoodTaylor HicksJordin SparksDavid CookKris AllenLee DeWyzeScotty McCreeryPhillip PhillipsCandice GloverCaleb JohnsonNick FradianiTrent HarmonMaddie PoppeLaine Hardy, and Just Sam respectively.

 [GR3]The Ranch was an American country music trio, which formed in 1997 by Keith Urban (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Jerry Flowers (bass guitar, background vocals), and Peter Clarke (drums, vocals). Most of the group’s material was co-written by Urban and Vernon Rust.

They issued a self-titled album on Capitol Records in that year, and two related singles, “Walkin’ the Country” and “Just Some Love”, which appeared on the country charts before the group disbanded in 1998. Besides its two singles, The Ranch included “Some Days You Gotta Dance“, which was issued in 2001 as a single by the Dixie Chicks, which also had Urban on guitar. After disbanding The Ranch, Urban resumed his solo career. Due to his solo success, The Ranch’s album was re-issued in February 2004 on Capitol/EMI as Keith Urban in The Ranch with two bonus tracks: “Billy” and “Stuck in the Middle with You“, the latter is a cover version of a single by the 1970s band Stealers Wheel. It also featured two music videos, “Walkin’ the Country” and “Clutterbilly”.

 [GR4]Hughes grew up in Quorn, where he grew up listening to his father’s country records. He won a local country music contest at the age of eight and began playing guitar from age nine, taking lessons from his father. He toured Europe when he was 12 and played with various Australian country musicians throughout his teens. After graduating from high school he moved to Levelland, Texas, to study bluegrass at South Plains College. After studying under Terry McBride, (formerly of McBride & the Ride) he dropped out and moved to Nashville, where he worked as a guitarist for Patty Loveless. Eventually he signed with MCA Records, who released his debut album Transcontinental in 2004. He had hits with the singles “High Lonesome” and “Soldier for the Lonely”, the latter of which hit No. 60 on the U.S. Billboard Country charts. Hughes and McBride, along with Brett James, also co-wrote Josh Gracin‘s “Stay with Me (Brass Bed).” Hughes is featured as a duet partner on the track “That’s All It Took” from Patty Loveless‘s 2008 album Sleepless Nights. He is featured on three tracks from Sarah Buxton‘s self-titled debut album, which was released on 23 February 2010

 [GR5]Country Airplay is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States since January 20, 1990.

This chart lists the 60 most-listened-to records played on 150 mainstream country radio stations across the country as monitored by Nielsen BDS, weighted to each station’s Nielsen ratings.

The first number-one song was “Nobody’s Home” by Clint Black. The current number-one song, as of the chart dated January 9, 2021, is “Champagne Night” by Lady A.

 [GR6]The Graffiti U World Tour was the twelfth headlining concert tour by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban, in support of his eleventh studio album Graffiti U (2018). It began on 15 June 2018, in Maryland Heights, Missouri and ended on 10 March 2019, in Dublin, Ireland.

 [GR7]The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards were held in NashvilleTennessee on September 16, 2020. Keith Urban was the host for the show. The event was originally planned to air on April 5 of the same year in Las VegasNevada, but was postponed and relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

The show was broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry HouseRyman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville, becoming the first major in-person award event to take place in the United States since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] With her Vocal Event win, Miranda Lambert won her 35th ACM award, extending her record as the most awarded person in ACM history. The ceremony also featured the first tie ever in ACM history for the highest honor of the evening, Entertainer of the Year, with both Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood claiming its title

 [GR8]Lights on the Hill” is an Australian country music hit song written by Joy McKean and made famous by her husband, Slim Dusty. It won the first Golden Guitar in January 1973 at the Country Music Awards of Australia, held in Tamworth. It has been covered by Keith Urban and Mental as Anything.

 [GR9]Paparazzi (US/ˌpɑːpəˈrɑːtsi/UK/ˌpæpəˈrætsi/; Italian: [papaˈrattsi]; singular: masculine paparazzo or feminine paparazza) are independent photographers who take pictures of high-profile people, such as actors, athletes, politicians, and other celebrities, typically while subjects go about their usual life routines. Paparazzi tend to make a living by selling their photographs to media outlets that focus on tabloid journalism and sensationalism (such as gossip magazines).

 [GR10]The Light the Fuse Tour is the eighth headlining concert tour by Australian country music singer Keith Urban, in support of his eighth studio album Fuse (2013). This is the first headlining amphitheatre tour for Urban, playing in over seventy cities across the United States and Canada. The tour travelled to both North America and Australia.

 [GR11]The Chicks (previously known as Dixie Chicks) are an American country band composed of singer Natalie Maines and multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and performed bluegrass and country musicbusking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the replacement of singer Laura Lynch with Maines and a change in repertoire, the Chicks achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces“.

Days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Maines told a London audience the band did not endorse the war and were “ashamed” of US President George W. Bush being from Texas. The remarks triggered boycotts in the US and backlash from fans. After a hiatus, they toured again in 2010, 2013 and 2016. In 2020, they dropped “Dixie” from their name, citing negative connotations, and released their first album in 14 years, Gaslighter.

The Chicks have won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and its single “Not Ready to Make Nice“—which received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. By July 2020, with 33 million certified albums sold, and sales of 27.9 million albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the best-selling female band and best-selling country group in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present).

 [GR12]The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia also known as the Golden Guitar Awards (originally named Australasian Country Music Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, in Tamworth, New South Wales, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They are wholly owned and staged by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA). The awards are hosted at night time at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre (TRECC) on the Saturday night of the Australia Day long weekend and have been held annually since 1973.[2] These prestigious Awards attract a live audience of 5000 people from the media, the music industry and the public and are broadcast on free to air and pay TV, as well as through ABC Radio, streamed on Ben Sorensen’s REAL Country and aired on other commercial and community radio stations.

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