Keith Urban, in full Keith Lionel Urban, (conceived October 26, 1967, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand), New Zealand-brought into the world Australian vocalist, musician, and guitarist who earned acknowledgment both inside and outside the country music circle for his pop-shake impacts and legit verses.
Urban moved with his family from New Zealand to Queensland, Australia, when he was two years of age. Communicating an early enthusiasm for music, he was at four given a ukulele, and at six he took up the guitar. Since the beginning Urban’s persuasions mirrored the flavors of his folks, who delighted in country music. At about age eight Urban started entering and winning ability rivalries, and as an adolescent he played consistent guitar gigs in bars and clubs. He quit school at 15 to seek after his melodic advantages. In 1988 Urban framed a band that proceeded to visit all through Australia. After two years he won an honor at an Australian country music celebration, which prompted a record contract with EMI Music Australia. His first collection, Keith Urban, was discharged in 1991 and fared well on music outlines.
Following his Australian achievement, Urban understood his fantasy of moving to Nashville, Tennessee—seen by some as the core of American country music—in 1992. There he framed a band, in the long run known as the Ranch. The band’s self-titled presentation collection was discharged in 1997 to direct basic approval, however it experienced poor deals. Presently Urban built up an ailment that kept him from singing, and the Ranch disbanded. While his voice was mending, Urban turned more toward guitar work, playing on collections for specialists, for example, the Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks. In 1999, voice again flawless, he discharged his first American solo collection, likewise titled Keith Urban, and scored a main hit on the Billboard country singles outline with “However for the Grace of God.” The collections Golden Road (2002) and Be Here (2004) produced increasingly number-one country singles, acquiring fans and basic approval.
In 2006 Urban started to pick up consideration for his own life, wedding entertainer Nicole Kidman and intentionally entering recovery for medication and liquor misuse. His next collection, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing, was discharged that equivalent year and offered well notwithstanding his underlying powerlessness to visit to advance it. In 2009 Urban came back with the hybrid hit collection Defying Gravity. Its pop and shake impacts and all inclusive messages of affection made it well known with both country and standard pop spectators and pushed it to number one on the Billboard 200 collections graph. He tailed it with Get Closer (2010), Fuse (2013), and Ripcord (2016). Urban’s cross-class offer was additionally cemented when he joined the cast (2013–16) of the truth singing-rivalry show American Idol as one of its judges.
Urban was the beneficiary of numerous honors for his music, particularly inside the country music field. Among them were Grammy Awards for best male country vocal execution (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). In 2012 he was enlisted into the Grand Ole Opry, one of country music’s most elevated distinctions.