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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NEWS AND NOTES: Alan, Keith, Shania, Hot Country Knights

The Country Music Association presents the Joe Talbot Award to Alan Jackson on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 during Opry at the Ryman in Nashville.

Alan Jackson was presented with the Joe Talbott Award during his performance at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman on Friday (January 17th). The award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of country music’s values and traditions. Alan is the fourth artist to receive the award from the Country Music Association, joining Merle Haggard, George Jones and Marty Stuart as fellow recipients.

Keith Urban and Shania Twain have been announced as presenters at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, along with Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, Bebe Rexha, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Common, Dua Lipa and many others. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26th) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on CBS.

The Hot Country Knights will be making a big announcement on Thursday morning (January 23rd).



NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Kacey, Kassi, Keith and more

Little Big Town will perform on Live With Kelly and Ryan on January 31st.

Kacey Musgraves will be among the performers for this year’s Primavera Sound music festival. The 2020 event, taking place June 3rd through June 7th in Barcelona, Spain, will also feature performances by Maggie Rogers, Lana Del Rey, Bad Bunny, Beck, Tyler, the Creator and many more.

Kassi Ashton will release a new song “Hopeless” on Friday (January 24th).

Keith Urban is a huge Tennessee Titans fan, and while he had a private show on Sunday, he and his band watched the AFC Championship game during soundcheck at the venue. Later he posted how proud he was of the NFL team as well as the Kansas City Chiefs who advance to this year’s Super Bowl.

Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi will headline this year’s Windy City Smokeout country music and barbecue festival in Chicago. The three-day event, taking place July 10th through July 12th, will also feature performances by Morgan Evans, Ryan Hurd, Riley Green, Cody Johnson and many others.



NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Carrie, Pardi, Dierks, Keith, Chris, Luke and more

Little Big Town will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (January 15th).

Carrie Underwood has been announced as one of the main headliners during the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, New Jersey this summer. The three-day festival will take place June 19th – 21st. Tickets are on sale now.

Jon Pardi’s “Heartache on the Dance Floor” has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), while Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” has been certified platinum.

This year’s RodeoHouston lineup has been announced and will include headliners Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton and Jon Pardi, as well as Willie Nelson, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Gwen Stefani, Khalid and many others. The 2020 RodeoHouston will take place March 3rd – March 22nd, with tickets going on sale this Thursday (January 16th).


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