Keith UrbanCountry Singer
Born: 26 October 1967
Birthplace: Whangarei, New Zealand
Best known as: Australia-to-Nashville singer of "Somebody Like You"
Guitarist Keith Urban made his name by mixing Nashville sounds with the scruffy rock-n-roll looks of Kurt Cobain
. Urban was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia; determined to be an entertainer, he quit school as a teenager and began singing and playing guitar professionally. A 1990 record deal with EMI produced his first album, Keith Urban
. The album spawned several hit singles in Australia and prompted Urban's 1992 move to Nashville, Tennessee, the hub of the country music industry. He found work as a session guitarist and had modest success with the band The Ranch, then went solo. His 1999 American debut album (also titled Keith Urban
) yielded three top hits and won him the Academy of Country Music Award as Top New Male Vocalist. His 2002 release, Golden Road
, was another hit and featured the single "Somebody Like You." His 2004 album, Be Here
, earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. His album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
was released in 2006.
Urban and actress Nicole Kidman were married on 25 June 2006… They had a daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, on 7 July 2008… He spent three months in a program for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center from October 2006-January 2007.
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