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 releases GRAFFITI U, his first new studio album in nearly two years, on April 27th. The much-anticipated follow up to 2016’s record-breaking, #1 platinum album RIPCORD, GRAFFITI U is a natural musical progression that began with FUSE, but it also marks where Urban currently resides creatively. It’s this sense of presence during his writing and recording process that gives each of Urban’s albums an unabashed honesty and authenticity.
There were no parameters or preconceived ideas,” says Urban. “I began this process with a completely blank canvas. Every initial spark is organic and then expanded upon, like the art of graffiti, so the name really fit the music. I also liked the idea of “you” the listener (or the audience), because this is an inclusive experience. And because of my last name we had a little grammatical fun and shortened it to U.”
A soaring spirit spray-painted right from the heart, Urban’s curiosity powers each moment on GRAFFITI U and the very title speaks to that personal and passionate vibrancy, vitality, and vision.
After nine full-length studio albums and millions of, songs, albums and tickets sold worldwide, of his drive to collaborate and explore his musical curiosity Urban says, “I’ve always been creatively curious and I follow that passionately. That’s why I work with different people, and on this album predominantly new people, giving me an opportunity to discover new musical sides of myself.”
GRAFFITI U, which has already seen the release of “Female” and “Coming Home,” features over thirty songwriting, producer and featured guest performance credits, including Greg Wells, Dann Huff, Mike Elizondo, Ed Sheeran, Ross Copperman, JHart, Julia Michaels, Nicolle Galyon, J.R. Rotem, Shane McAnally, Shy Carter and a signature lick for “Coming Home,” which credits Merle Haggard as one of its songwriters. Urban himself is a writer or producer on all but one of GRAFFITI U’s songs.
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CMT today unveiled the finalists for its highly coveted “Video of the Year” award at the “2020 CMT Music Awards.” Country music’s only entirely fan-voted show airs Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.
For the last several weeks, fans have been actively voting on a group of “Video of the Year” nominations that have been narrowed down to the following six finalists:
- CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “Drinking Alone”
- KEITH URBAN – “Polaroid”
- KELSEA BALLERINI – “homecoming queen?”
- LUKE COMBS – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
- MIRANDA LAMBERT – “Bluebird”
- TANYA TUCKER – “Bring My Flowers Now”
Of the “Video of the Year” award nominees, Carrie Underwood brings fierce competition, reigning as the most awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with 20 career wins, taking home last year’s top prize for “Cry Pretty.”
As of 12PM ET, fans can vote for the top six finalists by visiting vote.cmt.com into the show on Wednesday, October 21.
As previously announced, country hitmaker Kane Brown and entertainer Sarah Hyland will share co-host duties for this year’s show, alongside two other famous faces to be revealed closer to air date. On top of hosting duties, Brown and fellow country superstars Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Maren Morris will bring highly-anticipated performances to the CMT stage alongside breakout artists Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton, Riley Green and Travis Denning, who will make their debuts on the Ram Trucks Side Stage. Additional performers and presenters will be announced closer to the show.
Keith Urban recently joined fellow songwriter-musician-collaborator Foy Vance on Foy’s new web series, “The Vinyl Supper.” The website states: “If you miss having dinner with friends, grab a seat at Foy’s table. On The Vinyl Supper, Foy Vance chats songs and food with old friends and special guests. During each episode, Foy has a lively discussion with his guest about what three courses they’d eat and what music they’d listen to at their last meal. And of course, they catch up and chew the fat with moments of levity amidst the cathartic reflection. Foy’s pals talk about everything from pairing burgers with oysters to Japanese beef and redneck sushi. Conversations meander through global tours and global lockdown, losing loved ones and winning Grammys, reflecting on life before and during quarantine. As it turns out, you can tell a lot about a person by their favorite food and music.”
Keith is episode No. 2 in the series and they talked about dogs (including Keith’s toy poodle Julian), Bonnie Raitt, Billy Connolly, promite sandwiches, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and much more.
Keith Urban recently released his latest single, “One Too Many,” with P!NK.
Keith Urban’s THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1, released worldwide this past week, sets a new mark for the four-time Grammy© Award winner, adding yet another release to a streak that has now seen four simultaneous album debuts at #1 on the charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. In addition, “One Too Many,” Urban’s duet with P!nk, explodes all around the globe, where he also finds himself having cracked sales and radio charts in the U.K., Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Russia, Belgium and South Africa.
THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 is Urban’s 9th #1 album in the United States and his 6th in Canada. It’s also his 4th #1 debut on the ARIA Album chart in Australia, where “One Too Many” debuts at #6 on the ARIA Singles chart.
THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 is Urban’s 10th studio album. It’s already featured a series of monthly releases including his 39th Top 5 “God Whispered Your Name,” “Polaroid,” “Superman,” and last week’s debut of “One Too Many.”
The album delivers the power of lifting people up and seeking hope in every – even the challenging – moments, and it serves as the distillation of the music that Urban has been exploring throughout his career. From “Out The Cage,” featuring funk/pop icon Nile Rodgers and Breland, to the giddyup rock of “Tumbleweed,” “We Were,” featuring Eric Church and the old-flannel tumble of “Forever,” Urban has never sounded so immersed in the music.
Always seeking new collaborators, THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 defines one of the most wide-ranging careers in modern music, trusting the moments is as much THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 as anything. He possesses an unadorned willingness to bring the best musical touchstones together seeking not just to expand but to unite influences, genres, trends and the human heart.