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 will appear on the talk show Harry on Wednesday (March 22nd), reuniting with his friend and fellow American Idol judge. [Check local listings]
Jon Pardi will perform his No. 1 hit, “Dirt on My Boots,” on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday (March 23rd). The ACM New Male Artist of the Year has dates in Tallahassee, Fort Myers and Las Vegas, before stepping on the stage of this year’s ACM Awards next week to perform and accept his award.
Darius Rucker will appear in Thursday night’s (March 23rd) episode of CMT’s Sun Records, playing singer Johnny Bragg, the leader of the doo-wop group, The Prisonaires, from behind bars at the Tennessee State Prison. Check out the clip of Sun Records below and watch the show Thursday at 10pm ET on CMT.
— CMT (@CMT) March 22, 2017
Darius Rucker teams up with John Mellencamp for CMT Crossroads premiering Friday (March 24th) at 10pm ET on CMT.
The Academy of Country Music® will host the ACM Party for a Cause: Songwriter Showcase on Friday, March 31st at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. Hosted by Storme Warren, the evening will celebrate country music’s most distinguished songwriters, and feature performances by Ross Copperman, Luke Dick, Ashley Gorley, Matthew Jenkins, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Josh Osborne with Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion as well as special appearances by Dierks Bentley, Cam, Brandy Clark, Dean Dillon, and more.
Toby Keith, Alabama and ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons have been added to Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard. The all-star concert celebration takes place April 6th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The Band Perry will perform at the annual St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1 /2 Marathon Saturday, April 29th. They’ll play Music City’s Ascend amphitheater exclusively for runners and their families and friends.
Sam Hunt will perform as part of the PGA Tour’s annual Military Appreciation Day ceremony on May 9th. Sam will perform on the 17th hole at the Stadium Court at TPC Sawgrass in Ponete Vedra Beach, Florida on the kickoff day of the Players Championship. “I’m extremely excited to perform for our troops on the famed 17th hole during the Players Championship,” said Sam. “This tournament does so much to support the men and women serving our country. I am grateful to be a part of the festivities and am looking forward to putting on a great show.”
Several members of the country music community are mourning the loss of Rock’n Roll pioneer Chuck Berry over the weekend. According to the New York Times, Berry, who died at his home in Wentzville, Missouri on Saturday at the age of 90, “did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years.”
Keith Urban was eloquent in his remembrance of Chuck Berry, citing one of his biggest hits, “RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. – KU”, while Darius Rucker said, “Legend isn’t a big enough word for you sir!!”
Brothers Osborne paid tribute to his guitar playing skills, saying “This man invented rock guitar as we know it. Thanks for everything, Chuck.” Guitar slinger Clare Dunn said, “Pioneer, game changer: those words barely start to describe
@ChuckBerry. We miss you and the world will never be the same.”
RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. – KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) March 18, 2017
This man invented rock guitar as we know it. Thanks for everything Chuck 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/r5ltKcxc2Q
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) March 18, 2017
Song of the day…"Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry. RIP. Legend isn't a big enough word for you sir!! pic.twitter.com/xHN1IHw0zo
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) March 19, 2017
— Clare Dunn (@ClareDunnMusic) March 19, 2017
Canaan Smith has just released his new single, “Like You That Way,” which he co-wrote with Jesse Frasure and Brett James.
Keith Urban will perform at the Firestone Tires Legends Concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27th, the day before the 101st Indy 500 race. Special guests include Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson.
We have compiled an array of content -- a variety of liners and soundbites – from KEITH URBAN to equip you with everything you might need to put together your own album radio special; roll-out tracks leading up to –and following -- the release of his new record, Ripcord, to use in news feeds and much more. Check out all of details below (including audio liners and soundbites, as well as transcriptions) to create your own content surrounding Keith’s album release. RIPCORD features a virtual who’s who of creative collaborators for an album Keith Urban says was his “most exhilarating album to make, both musically and creatively.” “This album’s journey began back in January, 2015 and took me to a lot of unexplored people and places.” added Urban. “The end result was the recording and exploring of more songs then I’ve ever done before and carving that down to what I felt constituted Ripcord.” For the album, which has already produced his 19th and 20th No. 1 songs, Urban amassed an eclectic group of Grammy, CMA, ACM Award-winning writers and co-producers, who that have collectively worked with the likes of Adele, Jason Aldean, David Bowie, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Fun, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Madonna, Daft Punk, Pink and Taylor Swift. They include new collaborations with Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Greg Wells and Nile Rodgers, as well as those who Keith has worked with before, including Shane McAnally, Ross Cooperman, Dann Huff and Nathan Chapman all of whom worked with Keith on his previous No. 1 album, Fuse.Download audio toolkit