Keith Lionel Urban was born in New Zealand, and raised in Australia. His love for country music was almost as great as his dreams of being a country music performer. Urban had his own style of country music, which brought drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop into a web which created beautiful contemporary country music. He wrote songs which reached wide audiences. Urban satisfied his Nashville fans, without alienating those who liked pop music.
Urban began learning to play guitar at age 6. His father arranged to get free lessons for Keith in exchange for advertising the teacher’s work. Urban had a natural talent in music, and was soon entering and winning talent competitions in elementary school. He was urged by his father to begin studying the works of Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, and others who wrote so many country music hits. He combined what he learned studying the greats, and added his own dimensions, to come up with his own technique. It worked. He signed with an Australian recording studio, and was soon credited with several number one hits in his country. His dreams still pointed to Nashville, though, and the country music he loved.
He called his band “The Ranch”. Even though the music was raw and rowdy, like Australian pub rock, the band netted a record deal with Capitol Nashville, with Miles Copeland as manager. With throat problems, Urban had to take a break. “The Ranch” disbanded soon after. While he was not able to sing, other artists called upon him to play on their records. He played on the albums of Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks. A producer, Rollings, then hired Urban as a session player. Urban was so impressed with Rolling’s knowledge of Nashville’s players, he asked Rollings to produce his next record.
In 1999, the self-titled album spawned four hit singles, and paved the way for his career in America. Keith Urban opened for major acts across America, in support of his album. His next album, Golden Road, sent three singles to the top of the country music charts, and went triple platinum.
In 2004, he released “Be Here”, which topped its awesome predecessor by selling over four million copies. He was now a superstar, with Grammy nominations and paparazzi attentions.
Urban continued to attract attention with his highly publicized marriage to fellow Australian Nicole Kidman, plus his voluntary entry into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse.
He was awarded Top New Male Vocalist Award in 2001 at the Academy of Country Music Awards; he also earned the 2001 Country Music Association’s Horizon Award. Keith Urban fulfilled his dreams. He became a singer, songwriter, musician, and a very famous celebrity. Around the world, country music fans are happy he achieved his dreams.