2015 Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup Profile: Keith Urban
The New Zealand-born superstar cut his teeth in live performances from an early age in Australia, releasing one album there before moving to Nashville to pursue his music. A hard stint in a band called the Ranch didn't pay off, but Urban was on his way after the 1999 release of his self-titled American debut, which spawned hits "But for the Grace of God" and "Somebody Like You."
Urban earned his first Grammy with "You'll Think of Me," from his second album, Golden Road, by which time he was solidifying his reputation as one of country music's most prodigious talents. Urban is a triple threat, equally adept as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, and he has attained superstar status through a savvy mix of uptempo radio hits like "Put You in a Song," "You Look Good in My Shirt" and "Little Bit of Everything," as well as introspective ballads like "Tonight I Wanna Cry," "Raining on Sunday" and "Making Memories of Us."
Urban's most recent album, Fuse, saw him shaking things up yet again, working with several different producers for an eclectic mix of songs that reflect the cutting edge of contemporary country. The album has added four more hits to Urban's catalog; a duet with Miranda Lambert titled "We Were Us," "Cop Car," "Somewhere in My Car" and his latest single, "Raise 'Em Up," a duet with Eric Church.
Expect a mix of old and new hits when Urban headlines the second night of the Taste of Country Music festival, which is set to take place June 12-14 at Hunter Mountain, N.Y.
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