Keith Urban’s career took off in the mid ’80s in Australia. He once admitted he wanted to be a radio DJ, but by 1991 it was clear he belonged on the other side of the radio. His move to Nashville did not bring immediate success, but he found work as a guitar player for Alan Jackson and Brooks and Dunn. In 2000, Urban’s big break came with ‘But for the Grace of God,’ a song he followed up with a streak of Top 10 hits that are still alive today. The 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year has been one of country’s most reliable headliners since the mid-2000s. His marriage to actress Nicole Kidman has quieted his bad boy impulses and led to some of his most satisfying music yet. In 2013, he debuted as a judge on ‘American Idol.’
Birthday: October 26, 1967
Top Songs: 'Days Go By,' 'Stupid Boy,' 'Cop Car'
Fun Fact: Keith once dated supermodel Niki Taylor.
We already know that the genre's biggest stars hang out together, like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, who go fishing regularly. But in addition to their peers, country artists also spend time with celebrities from other walks, like acting.
Keith Urban says playing his new single “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” at the Ryman Auditorium in February was a spontaneous decision. At first, he didn’t realize he had a hit on his hands, but then he did something most fans assume an artist never does.
TGIF, indeed! Friday at 2015 Country Jam meant top-notch acts like Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square and, of course, Australia's Keith Urban, as well as several new faces. 100-degree weather did not scare any fans away, and it was another country-filled day at the longtime Colorado country festival.
Keith Urban closed his 2015 Country Jam set with a personal message to wife Nicole Kidman. After a sizzling 90-plus-minute show that included many of his biggest hits, he returned for an encore that began with a festival-wide singalong of "Happy Birthday." Kidman turns 48 on June 20.
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