Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith Urban is one of country music’s biggest superstars and most talented musicians. Keith released his debut self-titled album in 1999 on the label he remains on today, Capitol Records Nashville, and has since continued to entertain fans globally.
Keith Urban’s seventh studio album FUSE, his fourth #1 album, marked the first time that a male Country artist has debuted atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. FUSE’s first single, “Little Bit of Everything” took the top spot on the Country Singles Chart, as did “We Were Us”, featuring Miranda Lambert, which gave Urban a streak of five consecutive #1 songs (dating back to 2011’s “Without You”). In fact, with the release of FUSE’s fourth single “Somewhere In My Car”, his third #1 from the album, Keith extended his lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, a streak which started in August of 2000.
FUSE is one of the most recognized albums of Keith’s career, garnering 20 Award show nominations, including two 2015 Grammy nominations for Best Country Solo Performance (“Cop Car”) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church), as well as multiple CMA, ACM and ARIA Award wins.
In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.
He was the first Country artist to be named an American Idol judge, a role he will reprise for the show in its 14th season, and is a four-time GRAMMY® Award winner who has also won a People’s Choice, American Music Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards and has had 17 #1 songs and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums. In 2012 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
His reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded Urban the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Eric Church and countless others. He was asked to perform on both nights of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival and on CBS’ “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles.”
Urban has long supported numerous charities. Amongst other things, he is an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and a longtime supporter of The Grammy Foundation. In 2013, he introduced his new URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, proceeds of which went to benefit both the Grammy Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund. The offering resulted in the largest guitar debut ever for the entertainment/lifestyle retailer, selling out in a matter of hours. In 2014 his second offering, for his URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, broke that record. His annual “All For The Hall” benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© has raised nearly $2.5 million.
- Current single: “Raise Em’ Up” (featuring Eric Church)
- 2015 GRAMMY® Award Nominations:
Best Country Solo Performance (“Cop Car”)
Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Raise ‘Em Up” w/ Eric Church)
Keith Urban, who recently received three CMA Award nominations, will host the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards, Australia’s GRAMMY Awards. It has been over a decade since Urban last graced the ARIA’s stage when back in 2007 he joined John Butler for an unforgettable performance. Keith’s unprecedented history as a multiple ARIA and Grammy Award-winning artist and recognition as the steward of Country music in Australia make him the natural choice as host of the 32nd annual ARIA Awards, a role he is undertaking for the first time.
Earlier this year, Urban’s first studio album in nearly two years, GRAFFITI U debuted at #1 in Australia along with #1 positions in Canada and the United States. Urban remains the only male country artist to debut at the top of the all genre charts simultaneously in three countries (U.S., Canada and Australia), a feat that no other male country artist has achieved once, no less twice.
With Urban’s 2018 GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR now completed in Canada, it’s back in the States where it’s seen critically hailed, sold-out performances across the country. The tour heads to Australia in February where it’s already seen sell-outs in Newcastle, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Urban’s last album, the #1 Platinum selling RIPCORD, was the second highest selling album in Australia 2016 and spent 27 weeks in the Top 10 and 46 weeks in the Top 20 of the ARIA Albums Chart. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer is no stranger to the ARIA charts with a total of 14 ARIA Platinum-selling singles and albums, earning him a total of five ARIA Awards.
Dan Rosen, Chief Executive ARIA said: “ARIA is honored and excited to welcome back superstar Keith Urban to join us in Sydney to celebrate the 2018 ARIAs. To have one of Australia’s biggest stars host this year’s ceremony is just phenomenal. Australian music fans are in for a real treat.”
This year’s ARIA Awards will take place November 18th in Sydney Australia.
Keith Urban is taking fans behind-the-scenes of his new video for “Never Coming Down.” He filmed the clip at a popular club in New York City with director Curtis Smith, who was also at the helm for Keith’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
“When we wrote this song, it felt like just total liberation, just be who you are, whoever that is, be comfortable in your own skin and find other people who are comfortable in their own skin and that’ll be the one thing you have in common,” says Keith. “The spirit on the song is definitely coming through in this video.”
Keith is nominated for three CMA Awards this year, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Graffiti U. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 14th at 8pm ET on ABC.
Little Big Town joins an all-star cast for the 10th Anniversary of Stand Up to Cancer, a telethon first airing in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders to help raise money and awareness for cancer research and assist in funding innovative treatments. The organization has already raised more than $480 million.
We are so honored to join @SU2C for their live fundraising telecast. This year marks SU2C’s 10 years of impact in cancer research! Tune in on Sept. 7. https://t.co/dLaOT3PD8Y. pic.twitter.com/vJgSm8nBRo
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) September 5, 2018
Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper will serve as executive producer for the special, while others participating in the telecast include Keith Urban, Reese Witherspoon, Kathy Bates, co-founder Katie Couric, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali, David Spade, Tony Hale, Marlee Matlin, Ken Jeong, Jillian Michaels and many others.
.@SU2C Rehearsal for tomorrow nights Stand Up To Cancer event. It’s #Up2us to #StandUpToCancer Tag someone you know who needs encouragement and strength and let’s put an end to this horrible disease. #cancerresearch pic.twitter.com/nDhD2RrM2P
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) September 7, 2018
Stand Up to Cancer will air commercial-free Friday (September 7th) at 8pm ET/PT on numerous networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Bravo, Freeform, FXM, HBO, ION, REELZ, Showtime, STARZ, Encore, TNT and WGN America, among others.
The members of Little Big Town are up for two People’s Choice Awards, including The Country Artist of 2018 and The Group of 2018. Watch E!’s People’s Choice Awards Sunday, November 11th at 9pm ET on E!