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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Keith Urban has been touring London and the U.K., and a few of his good buddies are across the pond doing the same thing. He ended up making special appearances at a Hootie & the Blowfish show, as well as a Brad Paisley concert…the same night!
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) October 12, 2019
Keith is making his way back to the States and will make a stop in Durant, Oklahoma on Friday (October 18th). Keith is now sitting inside the Top 10 (on his way to the top) on the country charts with his latest “We Were.”
Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner and reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban celebrates his 40th Top 10 single on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, with his latest “We Were.” The song, co-written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde, marks another in a long line of Top 10s that includes a record setting streak of 38, the longest by any artist on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart.
In addition, Urban just this week, announced Keith Urban Live his first official European tour in more than a decade. The tour gets underway in Amsterdam on May 2nd and includes stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, as well as four stops in the UK.
Keith Urban Live Tour European dates
May 2nd: Amsterdam
May 5th: London
May 8th: Manchester
May 12th: Glasgow
May 14th: Birmingham
May 20th: Munich
May 22nd: Frankfurt
May 23rd: Cologne
May 25th: Hamburg
May 26th: Berlin
May 29th: Copenhagen
May 30th: Stockholm
May 31st: Oslo
Between periods of the Nashville Predators’ nationally televised home opener against the Minnesota Wild, Keith Urban took to the ice to perform and announce that the All for the Hall benefit concert, presented by City National Bank, will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Monday, February 10th, 2020.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) October 4, 2019
Ingrid Andress, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Lauren Daigle, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Tenille Townes and Tanya Tucker will join Urban for his seventh All For The Hall benefit concert, which to date has raised $3.4 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s education programs. Additional artists are expected to be named later. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. central time, and can be purchased at LiveNation.com and the Bridgestone Arena box office. VIP ticketing packages, which include premium seating, meet-and-greet opportunities and more, will also be made available.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, through its exhibits and educational programs, shares the ever-evolving country music story, from its folk roots to the present day. Throughout this narrative, the inspiration that artists draw from their musical forbearers is tangible. This exploration of how music inspires and influences later generations of artists led directly to the concert’s theme, All for the Hall: Under the Influence. During the concert, each participating artist will perform a song that was recorded by an artist who strongly influences them, in addition to one of their own hits.
“Ken Burns’ documentary has shown us that we are all very much influenced by our heroes,” said Urban. “So this year’s All for the Hall benefit is our chance to acknowledge those that have been an influence on us and helped shape the artists that we are today. Somehow these shows always seem to take on a life of their own. They’re incredibly fun to do, and you never quite really know what’s gonna happen. So we’ll roll with it and turn Bridgestone (Arena) into one huge club!”
— Bridgestone Arena (@BrdgstoneArena) October 4, 2019
For previous audio of Keith talking about All for the Hall and how it’s a labor of love, click here.
This All for the Hall concert is presented by City National Bank. Ford Motor Company and Mid-South Ford Dealers are the lead sponsors. Contributing sponsors are the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association; Urban is both organizations’ reigning Entertainer of the Year.
This All for the Hall show is produced by Live Nation.
More information about this All for the Hall show and the All for the Hall benefit concert series can be found at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org
About All for the Hall
The All for the Hall campaign began in 2005 when Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill suggested country music artists contribute the proceeds of one annual performance to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The All for the Hall concert series was launched in 2007 in New York. The series has alternated between New York and Los Angeles in succeeding years, with Gill and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris as hosts. Along with Urban, Gill historically hosts the All for the Hall concert in Nashville.