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 wrote “The Fighter,” his fifth single from his Ripcord album with busbee. The song was inspired by his early relationship with his wife Nicole Kidman, and it was apparently written very quickly, especially given the inspiration behind it.
“The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it,” says Keith. “It was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”
Keith takes “The Fighter,” plus several more of his hits to Paso Robles on Wednesday (July 26th).
Keith Urban (writing The Fighter) OC: …that song. :56
“The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it. I think we put down the chorus pretty much straight away with busbee filling in where the girl would sing. I still have the copy of him singing, ‘What if I Fall,’ it’s so fantastic. And so, that’s what I had as a place holder for a long, long time until I beautifully heard Carrie’s voice on it finally one day. And it was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”
Keith Urban is joining the superstar lineup on Best.Cover.Ever., a new competition series that gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance to perform with their favorite artists.
Best.Cover.Ever also includes previously announced artists Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo.
“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” says Keith. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens – to hearing how people interpret my songs – and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”
Fans can enter by doing a creative cover of Keith’s “Somewhere In My Car” and submitting it on TheBestCoverEver.com
Urban, along with the other superstar artists, will pick one lucky cover artist and they will perform a whole new song together. Viewers will witness every part of the planning and behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.
The series will premiere exclusively on YouTube this fall.
Keith Urban shared some news with his fans on Wednesday (July 19th). He posted a photo of a soundboard and tagged it “Back in the Studio.” He’s started work on the follow-up to his current album, Ripcord, which was released in 2016 and possibly includes a few new strategies of creating music.
Back in studio !!!!! – KU pic.twitter.com/1oEVZZQxk8
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) July 19, 2017
Keith, who is currently making his way up to the top of the country charts with his latest single “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood, says making an album for him is a relatively organic process. “[I like to] get in the studio and I want to feel just really enraptured with a song to get in there and figure it out with the band and watch it sort of blossom.” He adds, “After we’ve recorded them all, it seems apparent which ones should make it to the record, which ones should be bonus tracks and figuring out the sequencing.”
Keith will hit the stage in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Thursday (July 19th) and Twin Lakes, Wisconsin on Friday.
Keith Urban (album process) OC: …out the sequencing. :39
“It always seems to be a fairly organic process; get in the studio and I want to feel just really enraptured with a song to get in there and figure it out with the band and watch it sort of blossom. They don’t always do that and it’s usually very, very quickly that I can tell it’s just not working. But having said that, I don’t always know. That’s why the song has a way of becoming and being a part of it, and after we’ve recorded them all, it seems apparent which ones should make it to the record, which ones should be bonus tracks and figuring out the sequencing.”