Keith Urban

Keith Urban


10/26/1967, Whangerei, New Zealand

Birth Name

Keith Lionel Urban


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Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban learned to play guitar as a six-year-old in Australia, after a young woman asked to place an ad in his dad's shop window offering guitar lessons. His parents made a deal with her that they would advertise in return for lessons for…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In January 2008 Keith and wife, Nicole Kidman, revealed they were set to welcome their first child together in July 2008.

    • Keith Urban was nominated for "Entertainer of the Year", "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" for Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing at the 2007 CMA Awards.

    • In May 2007, on a flight from Sydney to Adelaide, Keith was offered a complimentary bottle of wine by Qantas Airline staff. Keith later joked about the incident, since most people realise he is a recovering alcoholic.

    • Keith's video for his hit song, "Better Life," won Video of the Year at the 2006 CMT Music Awards.

    • In August of 2006, Keith Urban's hit "Once In A Lifetime" made history when it became the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of Billboard's country charts. It debuted at number 17.

    • In 2001, Keith Urban appeared partially nude on the cover of Playgirl magazine.

    • In 2001, Keith Urban won "Top New Male Vocalist Award" at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association's "Horizon Award."

    • Keith Urban first checked himself into rehab in 1998. He checked himself into Cumberland Heights, a treatment center in Nashville.

    • Keith Urban can play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, twelve string guitar, slide guitar, bass guitar, piano, banjo, drums, ganjo, E-bow, mandolin, bouzouki, papose, keys, drum machine, and poke.

    • Keith Urban voluntarily checked himself into a rehab center on October 19, 2006, for an addiction to alcohol.

    • Keith serenaded wife Nicole Kidman at their wedding reception with the song Memories Of Us.

    • Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were married in Sydney on June 25, 2006.

    • Keith and Nicole arrived in Australia on June 19th 2006, ahead of their weekend wedding.

    • US Magazine Country Weekly has announced Keith as its sexiest male country artist. More than 32,000 readers voted in the poll.

    • Keith won the ACM for top male vocalist in 2006. This is the second year he has been honored with this award.

    • He has said he does not know how to read music, it comes naturally to him.

    • Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney are very good friends.

    • Keith both wrote and produced "You're Not Alone Tonight."

    • "You'll Think Of Me" was Keith's first cross-over hit.

    • Keith Urban played alongside fellow country superstars, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Toby Keith in the Live 8 concert.

    • Keith gave an in depth interview on Dateline, leading the cameras back to his hometown in Caboolture on June 17th.

    • Keith Urban, Jerry Flowers, and Peter Clarke made up "The Ranch" trio.

    • The title of Keith's song "My Last Name" from his The Ranch CD also appeared on Dierks Bently's latest album, although the lyrics are different.

    • Keith Urban had a three-piece band in Australia called "Four Wheel Drive" but it became "The Ranch" when they moved their gig to the US.

    • Keith Urban has had seven #1 singles during his career in America and four #1 singles during his career in Australia.

    • Keith Urban played guitar for the Dixie Chicks' song "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and for Garth Brooks' Double Live album.

    • Keith Urban sang backup for INXS' song "Shining Star".

    • Keith Urban's current record label is Capitol Nashville but was also signed with EMI Records in Australia.

    • Keith Urban was featured in People's 2005 and 2007 "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.

    • Keith Urban was one of US Weekly Magazine's hottest country stars in 2005.

    • Keith Urban has had 10 Billboard Top 10 Singles.

    • Keith's favorite books are Three Magic Words by U.S. Anderson, and Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch.

    • Keith Urban's favorite actresses are Sally Field and Susan Sarandon.

    • Keith Urban's favorite food is sushi.

    • Keith Urban's favorite actors are Orson Wells, Michael Douglas, and Jack Nicholson.

    • Keith Urban's favorite movie is Citizen Kane.

    • The first song that he ever fully learned was "House of The Rising Sun."

    • His first musical performance was a guitar recital at age 6.

    • Keith Urban first achieved success in Australia before making the move to Nashville.

    • Keith has had 10 consecutive top 5 songs on the Billboard charts including: "But for the Grace of God", "Somebody Like You", "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me", "You'll Think of Me", "Days Go By", "Making Memories of Us", and "Better Life".

    • He is the reining 2005 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. He is also the Male Vocalist of the Year for 2004.

    • Discography:
      The Ranch (1997), Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004) and Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (2006).

  • Quotes

    • Keith Urban: (after completing his rehabilitation on January 18th, 2007) I'm really grateful for what I've been through, as weird as that sounds. It's actually really the best thing that's ever happened to me and I'm grateful to be on this side of it. It was time to readjust my direction, let's just say. Everyone was really supportive. There's a point where it becomes a life issue and you're career's just got to step aside so I can just take care of myself and I'm really grateful that the record company in Australia, EMI, did an amazing job of just standing by me and I got really great support from everyone in Australia.

    • Keith Urban: (on entering rehab in 2007) There was no big, cataclysmic event that happened right before I went in. But what it was, was a lot of small things that were happening in my life and a lot of small moments that were starting to accumulate that were telling me very loud and clear that I was a long way from my program of recovery and they were making my life unmanageable. I got to a point where I wanted to go into treatment. So, 30 days became 60, 70 days became 90 and, with each week that passed, I found myself really learning to surrender, especially with my career...

    • Keith Urban: (after his 2007 rehab stay) My wife stayed extraordinarily strong and loving. My friends and family were there and, man, it's just been really overwhelming. I feel so much gratitude and it feels really good to have gone through it and be where I am right now. I felt very, very loved and I felt very supported and made the time go by. I never felt alone. And, as I say, during that time, I started to learn a lot about myself and how I got to be in this position that I'm in right now. And it's hard to quantify what I learned in 90 days but, suffice to say, it's been one of the most impactful times in my whole life.

    • Keith Urban: I have this need to keep country being perceived as a cool genre and a broad genre. I really think that country is a genre as big as rock 'music do you play?' I say, 'Country.' And they say, 'Great. What kind?'

    • Keith Urban: (Acceptance speech for 'Video of the Year' award) Thank you, first of all, to everybody who voted. I really apriciate this award more than you know...I just really enjoyed making this video.

    • Keith Urban: There are a lot of people I would love to duet with - high on my list is Glen Campbell. I've always wanted to sing with Patty Loveless (she really is the bomb!). I think Amanda Wilkinson would be a good match and I love singing with Sonya Isaacs & Leslie Satcher!! Let me also tell you one of the best singers in this town is Rebecca Lynn Howard - if you've seen her sing live, you won't believe it!

    • Keith Urban: We are still planning our fan club party - but I guarantee it will be memorable!

    • Keith Urban: It's hard to really get to know other artists when you keep passing each other like ships in the night but I always look forward to jamming with Brad Paisley (we tend to do that at the drop of a hat!). I feel like a kindred brother with a lot of artists like Sons Of The Desert, Phil Vassar, Sonya Isaacs, Leslie Satcher & Rascal Flatts.

    • Keith Urban: I think there's a lot more similarities between Australia & the U.S. than most people think. I would say the biggest difference is that Australians are in general a little more on the liberal side. I don't see anywhere near the same overall conservatism – I think a lot of that has to do with being a smaller & younger nation. But, country folks in the rural & outback areas on OZ are the same as I've met in rural America. Down to earth, hard livin', hard workin' – damn good folks.

    • Keith Urban: So many people ask me if Keith Urban is my real name and it always catches me off guard because it is my real name but I thought about changing it when I came to the states because I didn't think it was all that good for what I do. I'm glad I kept it because my parents "Mr. & Mrs. Urban" would have been quite offended, as would have a very famous New Zealand horse race caller named Keith Haub – whom I was named after. Just for the record – my middle name is Lionel & that comes from an Uncle Lionel on my mother's side.

    • Keith Urban: There was never a time I became interested in what I do – I truly believe it was pre determined before I even came along. Music runs through my family history & it's as natural to me as breathing. I used to strum on a ukulele at 3 years of age and I started guitar lessons at 6. I truly feel blessed and I still love playing as passionately now as when I was just starting. In some ways even more so.

    • Keith Urban: I don't think it matters what genre you're a part of, a Grammy is one of the most sought after awards. To be nominated with my mates Steve and Ryan Wariner & Darryl Scott is quite simply humbling. I know it sounds cheesy but I just wish they could give us all one each.

    • Keith Urban: I'm inspired by a lot of artists for different reasons. Mark Knopler has inspired me as a guitarist - Jimmy Webb, Paul McCartney, John Fogerty & Don Henley as songwriters - Glen Campbell & James Taylor as vocalists - Freddie Mercury as an entertainer - John Mellencamp for...well, just being so damn good at everything & more recently the Dixie Chicks for proving that real country music can still sound so fresh & fashionable in the new millennium.

    • Keith Urban: It's something I've always loved doing. I'm not one of the artists who comes in and just does my bit. I'm there every second of every day. That's my hands-on situation.

    • Keith Urban: 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.

  • He involves his fans

    That's important. I like when he plays his guitar and his smile is very good for the cameras...
  • Best male country singer

    He's so hot and an amazing singer! He's really original. He's not only the best country singer but the best Australian! I love all his songs!!! He's also a great guitar player. Everything about him is perfect. My friend is in love with him. I don't like that he married...nicole! Anyway His music isn't all that country but it's awesome! I love his new song "Kiss a girl". It seems he's getting more and more pop but I think it's better that way then being very country like his first album. But I love all his songs and albums and wish him success and happiness for his future.moreless