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Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand born, Australian, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. Urban was born in New Zealand and began his career in Brisbane having moved to Caboolture, Australia at an early age.
In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Records and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts.
Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in the United Kingdom), as well as one album in The Ranch. He has charted more than fifteen singles on the U.S. country charts, including ten Number Ones. Urban plays acoustic and electric guitar, as well as ganjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bouzouki and drums.
Urban recently announced that the lead single for his forthcoming 5th studio album will be titled “Sweet Thing”. This song became the first #1 single off the album. The song was co-written with Monty Powell, who wrote some of Urban’s past hits, and co-produced with his longtime producer Dann Huff. The album, Defying Gravity, was released on 31 March 2009, through Capitol Records. Its second single, “Kiss a Girl”, debuted in March 2009.
Urban performed this song on American Idol, during the season 8 finale, as a duet with eventual winner Kris Allen. Its third single, “Only You Can Love Me This Way”, is another chart-topping song, co-written by Steve McEwan and John Reid. Defying Gravity debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. This was Urban’s first #1 CD. His past two albums debuted at #3.
Keith Urban has received four nominations on the 2009 CMA Awards, including Entertainer Of The Year and Male Vocalist Of The Year for a fourth consecutive year in a row. He also earned a nomination for Album Of The Year for Defying Gravity and shares a nomination with Brad Paisley for Music Video Of The Year for “Start A Band”.
A video for “Hit The Ground Runnin'” premiered on October 2 on CMT and CMT.com.
Urban’s 2009 Escape Together tour, supporting the album, Defying Gravity, featured many big name opening acts, including Taylor Swift, Sugarland, and Jason Aldean. On June 27, 2009 Keith filmed a video for the song, “Only You Can Love Me This Way”, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
On May 5, 2010, whilst being interviwed by CNN about the flooding in Nashville, Urban stated that he was about to begin recording a new album, but all his guitars were now underwater.
Urban’s 2010 Summer Lovin’ tour consisted of mostly festival shows.
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 see release on November 16. At the same time, “Put You in a Song” was revealed to be the first single and was released digitally and to radio on September 13.
Keith Urban appeared at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010.To promote the new album, Keith played surprise concerts at New York City’s Penn Station as well as a train station in Philadelphia. The impromptu concerts included a 4-song set list mixing in new and old hits.
On November 30, Keith played a free concert at The Ice Palace of the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Fans lined up days in advance to hear him play the first single (Put You in a Song) from “Get Closer” and a short collection of past hits. He also played a tribute to Johnny Cash with “Folsom Prison Blues” and Steve Miller’s “The Joker”