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 picked up three American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 19th); Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Country Album for Ripcord and Favorite Country Song for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
“I’ve always gravitated towards and written a lot of songs that have hope at their center. That’s really it, because if we don’t have hope then what’s the point? Life’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s very hard for some people more than others will ever begin to imagine, me being one of those people. There’s challenges that humans have faced that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would’ve done in that situation,” says Keith. “So, I love songs of hope, songs of compassion, songs of empathy, understanding, songs of forgiveness. I write a lot of those kinds of songs. I’ve always written those kinds of songs, because they’re things I needed to hear, as well…But ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is cut from that cloth too; it’s a song of believing in somebody and believing somebody deserves better.”
Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist, while Little Big Town took home the trophy for Favorite Country Duo/Group for the first time.
Keith just released his new song, “Female,” which is already sitting inside the Top 30 on the country charts.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) November 20, 2017
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) November 20, 2017
So amazing!!! Thank you, fans, for this! I so wanted to go to the #AMAs just in case because I know how hard you’ve been voting. I’m sorry I couldn’t get up there and thank you all on stage…you guys are incredible and am so thankful for you! ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/tYt0NP6gZB
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) November 20, 2017
Keith Urban (Blue Ain’t Your Color-AMAs) OC: …deserves better. 1:07
“I’ve always gravitated towards and written a lot of songs that have hope at their center. That’s really it, because if we don’t have hope then what’s the point? Life’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s very hard for some people more than others will ever begin to imagine, me being one of those people. There’s challenges that humans have faced that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would’ve done in that situation. So, I love songs of hope, songs of compassion, songs of empathy, understanding, songs of forgiveness. I write a lot of those kinds of songs. I’ve always written those kinds of songs, because they’re things I needed to hear, as well. The amount of times I should’ve taken my own advice in a song is like [laughs]…I was so busy helping everybody else figuring things out that I was lost myself and I needed to listen to my own songs. But ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is cut from that cloth too; it’s a song of believing in somebody and believing somebody deserves better.”
Keith Urban (Ripcord-AMA) OC: …really well. :29
“The first thing I think about with that record is buoyant energy that whole album. That’s how I feel about it. I feel the record predominantly has a lot of buoyant energy. Even the name Ripcord appealed to me because the sort of high speed that you’re hurtling to earth at before you pull the ripcord, so there’s a lot of sort of propulsion energy in that name that felt like it fit the record really well.”
The Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth, in the state that’s now known as Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s. People now celebrate the holiday by giving thanks for their blessings over the past year, as well as feasting on turkey and other festive goodies.
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 23rd, and most people will be enjoying time with their friends and families, including some of your favorite country stars, such as Alan Jackson, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt and more. They share their thoughts, memories and favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
AJ (Thanksgiving) OC: …enjoy it. :19
“My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be the homemade dressin’ that we, cornbread-based kind of dressin’ that we always have with turkey. That recipe is a kind of a combination of my mama, and Denise has taken it and perfected it over the years, so that me and my children really enjoy it.”
Brothers Osborne (misfits Thanksgiving) OC: …going home. :45
“What we’ve done the past several years is because it’s so hard to go home, we would have what we call the Misfit Thanksgiving dinner, and all the people in Nashville who aren’t able to go home to their families, we would just invite them over to our house and have a big potluck style Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll take like a couple of tables and throw them together and throw some sheets on it just to make it look nice. It’s a very redneck display of like tableware, because all the plates don’t match and the forks and knives don’t match, but we don’t care. People will bring wine, and at the end of the day, we’ll probably have 12-15 people all sitting at dinner together that weren’t able to go home with their families, and just enjoy it with friends. It’s been really fun. Definitely a lot less stress than going home.”
Canaan Smith (pumpkin pie) OC: …Thanksgiving. :14
“Pumpkin pie is where it’s at. My mom makes the best. She got it from her mom, my Nanny. It’s so good. It’s made from scratch. Everything about it, it’s just mouthwatering. I love it. I can’t get enough. If I could get fat, it’d be from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.”
Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving dish) OC: …like hers. :21
“I think my favorite Thanksgiving dish [is] my mom makes the best mashed potatoes in the world. I mean, they’re crazy. They’re like garlic and butter and all the good stuff, so that’s probably my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Oh, and she makes great stuffing too, and I’m not a stuffing person, but I like hers.”
Darius Rucker (favorite part of Thanksgiving) OC: …my family. :17
“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is easy – it’s food. It’s eating. It’s hanging out with family and getting some great food, ‘cause that’s really what Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all of the great things you’ve got, and I always give thanks for the greatest thing I’ve got and that’s my family.”
Easton (Thanksgiving) OC: …my grandma’s. :33
“Having family and being able to spend that quality time with them and obviously, the opportunity to do what I do. But absolutely during that time, being able to spend that time with family and your loved ones. We used to always go to my grandma’s, that’s Christmas and Thanksgiving. We’d go there for the big meal. I don’t get to go back much. A lot of times I’ll stay up [in Nashville] for Thanksgiving, and then go down during Christmas, but we’d always go to my grandma’s.”
Eric Church (Thanksgiving) OC: …want to do it. :23
“A couple of things. I’m thankful for my family and great health. And I’m thankful for from a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I mean there’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard. And I’m thankful that I was given the opportunity to do it my own way. I’m thankful that I’m going to get to keep doing this and do it the way that I want to do it.”
Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving) OC: …too much. :05
“My best Thanksgiving memory, I think, is just hanging out with family, watching football and eating too much!”
Josh Turner (fave side dish) OC: …’em myself. [laughs] :24
“Uh, deviled eggs! [laughs] Where I’m from in South Carolina, I don’t think I’ve tasted a bad deviled egg. It’s like everybody has their own twist on it, but they’re all good, but I always loved it when my mama made ‘em. I’m learning as I get older, making deviled eggs is no easy task. It’s more complicated than it looks, and so that’s probably why I never made ‘em myself.” [laughs]
Keith Urban (1st American Thanksgiving) OC: …immediately. [laughs] :44
“The first Thanksgiving I ever had here, which was 25 years ago, ‘cause I’ve been here a long time now. But the first one I ever had, I remember going to this family’s home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t believe the volume of food. It was insane. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. Then after the food, there was like 12 desserts. I was like, ‘Why are there so many desserts?’ They said, ‘Well, because every Aunt and every Grandma, everybody brought their thing, their special dessert, and you have to try every one of ‘em.’ I’m like, ‘There’s like THREE apple cobblers.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but they’re made by different people and they’re all watching, so you have to make sure you try everything up there.’ [laughs] I was in love with Thanksgiving immediately.” [laughs]
Kip Moore (Thanksgiving) OC: …with them. :11
“I [usually] go home for Thanksgiving. I love going home to see all them. I have five brothers and sisters and it’s a blast to go home and just catch up on their lives. I get so wrapped up in all this that I lose touch sometimes, and it’s cool to hear everything going on with them.”
Lady A (Hillary-Thanksgiving food) OC: …ever tasted. :12
“So, my favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be my grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. There’s just something she puts in it — probably all the love – that makes it better than anything I’ve ever tasted.”
Lady A (Charles-Thanksgiving eating contest) OC: …five pounds! :25
“One of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories was probably the first year that me and my two brothers (John and Josh) decided to start our annual eating contest where we ate throughout the whole day. We started that morning and weighed ourselves and at the very end of the night, we weighed ourselves out and all three of us equally gained five pounds. I wish we had a more accurate scale to decide the winner, but we all tied. Five pounds!”
LBT (Thanksgiving) 2 OC: (Kimberly) …and eat. :31
KIMBERLY: “Thanksgiving—we love Thanksgiving, ‘cause we get to be with our families and we don’t often get to spend time with our families, our extended families, until the holidays. I love being around the table with my family and talking and laughing and cooking and eating…” JIMI: “And eating and eating and eating and eating…” PHILLIP: “The laughter around the eating, the good cheer, the celebration, the music…” JIMI: “The eating, going taking a nap, then coming back and eating.” KIMBERLY: “Go to bed with a full belly, take a nap, and then get up and eat.”
Mickey Guyton (Thanksgiving traditions) OC: …Thanksgiving traditions. :17
“One of my Thanksgiving traditions is playing charades after Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not the most competitive person in the world, but as soon as you put some Charades in the picture, I am crazy, and you will definitely want to be on my team if we’re playing Charades. I’m just saying. So, that’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions.”
Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving eats) OC: …glass of milk. :34
“When I pile my plate up, it’s mostly turkey and then I’ll put a little dressing on the side, and I’ll usually go ahead and grab my dessert on the first run [laughs] and have it ready before it all disappears. Those are the really the three things. It’s strange, but since I was very young, I’ve always loved drinking milk, my brothers too, we drank lots of milk. My cousins, who grew up down the road, they always looked at us funny when we wanted to drink milk with our Thanksgiving meal. They would have coke or whatever else. So, I still get turkey, dressing, a piece of pecan pie and a big ole glass of milk.”
Eric Church and Keith Urban will headline next year’s Tortuga Music Festival, along with Florida Georgia Line. The three-day event, taking place April 6 – 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will also feature performances by Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Tyminski, Snoop Dog, Lucie Silvas, The Cadillace Three, Lee Brice, Dan + Shay and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale December 1st at 10am ET at TortugaMusicFestival.com.
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