Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about New Zealand musician, country music singer and songwriter, Keith Urban.
Keith Urban is a New Zealand musician, country music singer, songwriter and record producer.
As a guitarist, Keith Urban's biggest musical influence is Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits and his singing influences include Freddie Mercury, James Taylor and Glen Campbell.
Keith Urban prefers to write down his songs the old fashioned way, with an ink pen. As for relaxing, Urban likes to relax by getting behind the wheel and drive. He says that he always loved to drive, as it's such a cathartic thing for him. Urban loves to drive different vehicles including cars, trucks, big, small, fancy and not fancy, as long as he could drive it.
In 1991, Keith Urban released his debut album and charted four singles in Australia. Later on that year, he moved to the U.S., and found work as a session guitarist. After that, he started a band by the name of The Ranch, recorded only one studio album and charted two singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
In 1999, Keith Urban made his solo American debut with a second eponymous album. It was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA and produced his first No.1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart with the song "But for the Grace of God."
Overall, Keith Urban has released 9 studio albums and one album with The Ranch, and has scored 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of the singles topping the chart. Urban was also nominated 18 times for the Grammy Award and won it 4 times.
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