Keith Urban at Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Sydney on May, 2012.
Keith Urban at Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Sydney on May, 2012.

Famous Birthday's: Keith Urban

October 26, 1967 - currently, 51 years old.

"I think the industry is oblivious to the fact that most people listen to all kinds of stuff. I personally don't know of anyone who listens to only one genre of music. It's vanity because no one does.”

1967: Keith Lionel Urban was born on October 26, in Whangarei, New Zealand. He is a singer, guitarist, musician, songwriter, tv show judge and record producer. Born the youngest son of Marienne and Robert "Bob” Urban. He lived with his parents in Caboolture, Queensland. 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.

1983: Urban was a contestant on the Australian TV talent show New Faces. A few years later, he began making the 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.

1990: Urban signed with EMI in Australia and released his self-titled debut album. He appeared on the compilation album Breaking Ground - New Directions in Country Music which was nominated for the 1991 ARIA Award for Best Country Album.

1991: He released a self-titled debut album and charted 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.

1992: He sang backing vocals on INXS's live album Live Baby Live. Urban moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The next year, he appeared in the music video for Alan Jackson's rendition of Mercury Blues.

1993: 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.

Throughout the late 1990s, Urban also played guitar on several other artists' albums, such as Paul Jefferson, Tim Wilson, and Charlie Daniels.

1998: While living in Nashville, Urban became a frequent user of cocaine. After reaching a personal low point, he became determined to stop using the drug and checked into Cumberland Heights, a treatment center in Nashville.

1999: Still signed to Capitol, Urban made his solo American debut this year with a second eponymous album. Certified platinum in the US by the RIAA, it produced his first number one on the Hot Country Songs chart with But for the Grace of God.

2001: 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.

2002: Somebody Like You, the first single from his second Capitol album Golden Road, 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.

Keith Urban in January 2003.
Keith Urban in January 2003. paddynapper

2004: Be Here, was his third American album, produced three more number one singles and became his highest-selling album, having earned a 4 x Platinum certification.

2005: Urban met Australian actress Nicole Kidman at G'Day LA, a Hollywood event honouring Australians, in January, but they reportedly did not begin dating until six months later.

2006: Kidman and Urban were married on Sunday, June 25 of this year at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly, in Sydney. On October 19, Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in California. On October 20, Urban 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.” Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released this year, containing Once in a Lifetime as well as his second Grammy Award song Stupid Boy.

2007: On January 18, Urban announced his completion of rehab and his plans to go on tour to promote his album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing. On February 2, 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 October 1, while riding, Urban skidded off his motorbike when a paparazzo followed him near his home in Sydney; Urban 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”. A greatest hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids was released later this year.

Keith Urban in concert, performing the duck walk during his World in December 2007.
Keith Urban in concert, performing the duck walk during his World in December 2007. Craig ONeal

2008: On January 7, Nicole 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 Sunday Rose Kidman Urban in Nashville, Tennessee. USA.

He also produced a duet with Brad Paisley and the 2008 single You Look Good in My Shirt, which he previously recorded on Golden Road.

2009: Defying Gravity was released in March of this year. Urban was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

2010: Urban and Kidman had a second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, at Nashville's Centennial Women's Hospital. Also this year, Get Closer was released in November.

2011: On 23 November, Urban was confirmed as one of the four vocal coaches in the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice.

2012: On September 14, Urban released a statement that he would not be signing back on for season 2 of The Voice. The Fox Broadcasting Company officially announced on September 16 that Urban would replace Steven Tyler as a judge in season 12 of American Idol alongside Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

The Voice Judges including Seal, Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem and Joel Madden in Sydney, June 2012.
The Voice Judges including Seal, Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem and Joel Madden in Sydney, June 2012. EVa Rinaldi

2013: On August 1, 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. Urban plays guitar on Tim McGraw's early-2013 single Highway Don't Care, which also features a guest vocal from Taylor Swift.

In September of this year, he released a brand new album titled Fuse, which produced four more number ones on the Country Airplay chart, two of which are duet's one with Miranda Lambert and the other with Eric Church. In October of this year, Urban introduced his own signature line of guitars and accessories.

2014: On June 23, Fox announced that Urban would return to the judging panel for season 14.

2015: A new single, entitled John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16, was released in June, as the lead-off single to 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 Colour, with the latter also becoming Urban's longest-reigning number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, spending twelve weeks at number one.

2016: Urban was selected as one of thirty 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. He returned to judge the farewell finale season of American Idol in 2016.

2018: His tenth album, Graffiti U, was released this year and includes the Top 20 hit Female.

INTERESTING FACTS:

- He was in a band called 'Kids Country', that performed during school holidays at various venues and made appearances on the Reg Lindsey show and Conway Country.

- Urban has stated that his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac).

- Urban is a citizen of Australia and the United States.

- 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 on the US Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of which went to number one.

- His musical genres include country, country pop, country rock and pop rock.


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