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)
The track list has just been announced for the new edition of Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 12. The collection includes 10 No. 1 songs, as well as several of today’s hottest country hits from some of your favorite country artists, including Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs and many more.
The latest installment in the popular NOW series will be available March 29th and can be preordered here.
Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 12 Track Listing:
- Kacey Musgraves Space Cowboy
- Luke Bryan What Makes You Country
- Luke Combs She Got The Best Of Me
- Kane Brown Lose It
- Keith Urban Never Comin’ Down
- Carrie Underwood Love Wins
- Tim McGraw Neon Church
- Pistol Annies Best Years Of My Life
- Old Dominion Hotel Key
- Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne Burning Man
- Jordan Davis Take It From Me
- Russell Dickerson Blue Tacoma
- Thomas Rhett Sixteen
- Chris Young Hangin’ On
- Dustin Lynch Good Girl
- Jon Pardi Night Shift
- Scotty McCreery This Is It
- Midland Burn Out
NOW That’s What I Call Music is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The multi-platinum NOW That’s What I Call Music! compilation series is the world’s best-selling multi-artist recorded music brand with sales topping 103 million in the U.S. Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 12 is distributed by Universal Music Group.
Kacey Musgraves (Space Cowboy inspiration) OC: …include that. 1:20
“The inspiration for ‘Space Cowboy’ was actually triggered by something that my horseback riding teacher, Lori, said to me one day. We were out at the arena and we were watching this stallion go totally crazy in the arena just galloping from one end to the other, just kind of losing its mind and being really reckless and really powerful. I watched it come charging toward me, and I was standing on the other side of the gate, and Lori was screaming at me, ‘Back up, back up! Move out of the way!’ And I really didn’t think anything of it. I said, ‘I’m on the other side of the gate. The gate’s closed. It doesn’t matter.’ She said, ‘Girl-when they wanna go, they’re gonna go. There ain’t no sense in closing the gate.’ That made a big impression on me and I wrote it down, and then ‘Space Cowboy’ came a couple of days later when I wrote it with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. It just seemed to kind of apply itself in a metaphorical sense to a narrative that I’ve found myself in many times in my life. It’s a narrative that a lot of people I know can relate to. So, this song was very important song for me to include on the album, because though I am in a really happy place now, it’s not always been that way and it was important for me to include that.”
Luke Bryan (what makes him country) OC: …small town. :37
“I think that what makes me country is where I was raised — Leesburg, Georgia — how I was brought up saying ‘Yes sir,’ ‘No sir,’ ‘Yes, ma’am,’ ‘No, ma’am,’ hopefully with manners and raised with a work ethic and raised in the outdoors fishing and hunting and playing sports. But yeah, I would say definitely it starts with my small-town upbringing and how we were raised; church on Sundays as much as we could. But just enjoying life and living life in a small town.”
Keith Urban has been overseas playing the C2C Festival on his Graffiti U World Tour. He documented his stops in Berlin and Amsterdam, as well as Glasgow, and the crowds seem to be just as crazy about the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year as North America. Check it out below.
Keith plays Dublin, Ireland Sunday night (March 10th), and he’ll return to the states to play fairs and festivals beginning with the Sun Fest in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 5th.
Keith is nominated for Entertainer and Male Artist of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET on CBS.
Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan are among the initial artists announced for Nissan Stadium at this year’s CMA Fest, taking place in downtown Nashville June 6th – 9th. Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Kane Brown and the Pistol Annies will also perform on the stage at Nissan Stadium.
The Chevy Riverfront Stage returns once again with a fantastic lineup that will keep crowds rocking from 10:00 AM-5:15 PM each day including performances by A Thousand Horses, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Danielle Bradbery, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Jessie James Decker, Gavin DeGraw, Russell Dickerson, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Gone West, Riley Green, Hunter Hayes, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Home Free, Ryan Hurd, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Mason Ramsey, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Granger Smith, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen and Aaron Watson.
The #CMAfest Nissan Stadium lineup is finally here! A portion of proceeds from our festival supports the @CMAFoundation & their mission to shape the next generation through high quality music education. 🎵 Help us give back by buying a four-day pass today: https://t.co/rBbckXZuby pic.twitter.com/WK2UTgfIFy
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) March 5, 2019
Returning for a third year, the Budweiser Forever Country Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM daily. Featuring some of the biggest names in Country Music from recent decades, this year’s lineup includes Keith Anderson, Deana Carter, John Carter Cash, Joe Diffie, George Ducas, Charles Esten, Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, Ty Herndon, Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Lonestar, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kendell Marvel, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, The Nelsons, Jerrod Niemann, Jamie O’Neal, The Road Hammers, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Sister Hazel, Ricky Skaggs, Kiefer Sutherland, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Mark Wills, Rita Wilson and Darryl Worley.
ALL of these amazing artists are performing on the Chevy Riverfront Stage at #CMAfest in support of music education! Come enjoy live music and explore all that Nashville has to offer! 😍 https://t.co/CGbN3NRPsa pic.twitter.com/hlLRhUdxLw
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) March 5, 2019
CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with artists donating their time to perform so a portion of ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation. A limited number of four-day passes for the nightly performances at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST.
Here is what you've all been waiting for! Check out who's performing on the @BudweiserUSA Forever Country Stage at #CMAfest! These artists are donating their time so the CMA Foundation can give back to students through music education! 👏 https://t.co/CGbN3NAe3A pic.twitter.com/Cqr14qFfUp
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) March 5, 2019
Outdoor daytime stages including Chevy Riverfront and Budweiser Forever Country are free and open to the public. All artist lineups are subject to change.
CMA Fest will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network this summer.