for loyal fan bases in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand
as well as for a famous celebrity marriage to actress Nicole
Kidman the Grammy award winning country music singer
and "musician's musician" was born Keith Lionel Urban
on October 26, 1967 in Whangarei, New Zealand.
moving with his parents to Caboolture, Queensland, Australia,
young Keith was already winning local singing contests by age
10. By his early teens, he had decided that country music stardom
would be his life's goal.
didn't take long. By 1990, Urban signed his first record contract
with EMI in Australia, and his first self-titled album was released
the following year, spinning off a total of four No. 1 hits.
to Nashville by 1992, his dream of conquering American country
music began as backup guitarist for Brooks
& Dunn, later forming his own band The Ranch. Although
he would meet with much resistance from an industry favoring "real
American country", Urban persevered and eventually made
his solo U.S. debut album in 1999 resulting in his first American
No. 1 single, "But for the Grace of God."
years later, his second album, "Golden Road" spun off
his first major mega-hit in "Somebody Like You" and a
Grammy Award for
"You'll Think of Me".
his reputation in American country music secured, Urban's U.S.
career continued to skyrocket with hit albums such as "Be
Here" (2004) followed by major industry accolades as the
Entertainer of the Year at the CMA
Awards in 2005.
2006, he released "Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing"
and later toured in 2008 with Carrie Underwood on the very successful Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour.
Today, between touring and recording gigs, Keith Urban is also known for his roles as a coach on the Australian version of the singing competition The Voice, as well as an official judge on American Idol.
Keith Urban made tabloid headlines in 2005 for a romantic relationship
with Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who he met in Los Angeles.
The celebrity couple were married in Sydney, Australia on June
Urban was again making news for having checked into the Betty
Ford Center for alcohol and drug abuse personal demons
the star admits originated with his arrival in Nashville and his
struggle to break into the American country music scene.
Now on the
road to recovery, Keith Urban happily announced with wife Nicole
Kidman that they were expecting
their first baby due in July 2008. The baby, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, was born on 7 July 2008 in Nashville. She is the first child
for both Urban and the 40-year old Kidman, who has two adopted
children with ex-husband Tom
More about Keith Urban around the Web:
Urban.net - The official site offering music videos, photos,
tour date schedule, street team signup.
- Major fan site featuring the latest news headlines, tour dates,
bio, photo gallery, online forum.
- Keith Urban - Complete bio, photo galleries, music videos,
lyrics, tour date & ticket information, fan message boards,
related links & resources.