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Keith Urban Biography

Birth Name:
Keith Lionel Urban
Birth Place:
Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
Country singer, songwriter, guitarist

Fast Facts

  • Began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8
  • Moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career
  • Posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine
  • Performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U
  • S
  • leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief
  • First artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon Award (2001), Male Vocalist of the Year (2004, 2005) and Entertainer of the Year (2005)
  • With Vince Gill, created 2009's We're All for the Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
  • The concert featured Urban and Gill performing with stars such as Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, and raised more than $500,000
  • In 2012, was the first non-North American artist inducted into the Grand Ole Opry


  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Song: nominated


  • Shane Urban -- Brother
  • Faith Margaret Kidman Urban -- Daughter
  • Sunday Rose Kidman Urban -- Daughter
  • Laura Sigler -- Ex-fiancée
  • Bob Urban -- Father
  • Marienne Urban -- Mother
  • Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise -- Stepdaughter
  • Connor Anthony Kidman Cruise -- Stepson