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April 13, 2008

Keith Urban

Keith Urban Vital Stats
Birth Name:
Keith Lionel Urban
Birth Date: October 26, 1967
Birth Place: Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
Height: 5’10”
Romantic Link: Nicole Kidman

Keith Urban Interesting Facts

In the mid-1990s, Keith Urban was part of a country band called The Ranch.

Keith Urban posed in the April 2001 edition of Playgirl magazine.

Keith Urban Biography

Born on October 26, 1967, to parents Bob and Marienne, Keith Lionel Urbahn and his brother Shane grew up in Whangerei, North Island, New Zealand.

The family soon moved to Australia and by the age of 6, Keith began learning to play the guitar. By 7, Keith already knew that he wanted to become a country singer and was planning on moving to Nashville, Tennessee, when he got older.

Keith Urban, country singer

At 8 years old, Keith was already walking away with prizes from talent contests and when he was all of 12, he was booking his band in local clubs in Australia.

By the time he was 15, Keith had no doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a country music singer and he dropped out of school to pursue his dream full time.

The next few years would prove difficult for Urban, as he was unable to get signed by a major record label and did not want to make the move to Nashville until he was certain that he could make it in the United States.

Urban signs with EMI Australia

In 1990, Urban’s prayers were answered and he got a record deal with EMI Australia. The following year, his self-titled debut hit the airwaves and music store shelves, and Urban charted at No. 1 with four singles from the album. It was time.

By 1992, Urban picked himself up and made the move to his dream locale - Nashville. Although he started out as the singer in a band called The Ranch, and the trio released an album in 1997, Urban soon opted to go it alone.

But by the end of 1997, Urban had become severely addicted to cocaine and his career took a backseat to his habit. It took him a year to realize that he had hit bottom and in 1998, Urban finally checked himself into the rehabilitation clinic, Cumberland Heights.

Keith Urban quits cocaine

By 2000, Urban was clean and sober, and released his self-titled U.S. debut album and was welcomed with open arms, as three of his single reached the Top 5 on the U.S. Country Music Charts and the album garnered him a Country Music Award for Top New Male Vocalist.

Taking no time to rest on his success, Urban released another album in 2002 entitled Golden Road, and the album went triple platinum in the United Stated, thanks mainly to the success of his hit single “Somebody Like You.”

Keith Urban marries Nicole Kidman

By the time 2004 rolled around, Urban was set to go again, and he released his third solo U.S. effort, Be Here. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and although Urban didn’t walk away with the prize, he did end up meeting Nicole Kidman, whom he married on June 25, 2006. Only four months later, Urban checked into a rehabilitation center to overcome another addiction to cocaine. Now the two are expecting their first child in July 2008 and are definitely working things out.

After spending 2005 touring and performing at the Live 8 Philadelphia concert, Urban released the album Days Go By, a greatest hits album, in the UK only.

Chosen as the Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards in 2006, Urban release his new album, Love, Pain, & the whole crazy thing, in late 2006, to the delight of his fans. The album reached the Top 10 on U.S. Billboard’s Top 200.

In 2007, Keith Urban released a greatest hits collection,Greatest Hits: 18 Kids, in November 2007. The CD contained all of his top 10 hits, along with two new songs, “Romeo's Tune" and "Got It Right This Time (The Celebration)."

In 2008, Keith headed off on tour with Carrie Underwood.

IMDb - Keith Urban

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