Chanteur Country Néo-Zelandais né le 26 Octobre 1967.
born in New Zealand and raised in nearby Australia, Keith Urban made his biggest
splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary country
music. By embracing drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop, Urban wrote songs
that appealed to a wide audience, effectively satisfying his Nashville fans
without alienating those more accustomed to pop music. He also became a genuine
celebrity, known for his good looks, his marriage to Nicole Kidman, and his
outspoken battle with alcoholism. Even so, it was the music that maintained
Urban's career, from his work with the Ranch
during the late '90s to the acclaimed solo albums that followed.
Keith Urban began learning guitar as a six-year-old. His father, the owner of a local convenience store, agreed to hang a guitar teacher's flyer in his shop window in exchange for free lessons. The lessons went to his son, who demonstrated natural talent on the instrument and won several talent competitions while still in elementary school. Urban grew comfortable on-stage, and he worked on his singing and acting abilities as a member of the Westfield Super Juniors, a local theater company. Meanwhile, he took a cue from his father (who had a deep interest in American culture and country music) by gravitating toward the work of Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, and Jimmy Webb, all of whom inspired his early attempts at songwriting. Urban added his own dimension to those influences when he discovered Dire Straits and became interested in the fretwork of Mark Knopfler, which led to in-depth study of Knopfler's technique.
Australian country music was primed for a revolution at the start of the '90s, and Keith Urban -- young, brash, and blonde, with a guitar style that owed heavily to rock & roll -- was part of that transformation. After signing with the Australian branch of EMI Records, he issued his first album and scored several number one hits in his home country. Even so, Urban's sights remained set on Nashville, Tennessee, which he considered to be the birthplace of the music he loved. Having already taken trips to Nashville to forge career bridges, he soon decided to base himself in the city. His Australian bandmate, drummer Peter Clarke, also came along, and the two formed the Ranch during their first few months in America. Although their original bass player returned to Australia, West Virginian Jerry Flowers quickly stepped in.
The Ranch 's music was raw and rowdy, more indicative of Australian pub rock than Nashville's country scene. Nevertheless, the band netted a record deal with Capitol Nashville and a management contract with Miles Copeland, who had previously managed the Police. The group's debut album, the Ranch , was released to moderate acclaim in 1997, but Urban was forced to take a break when he developed throat problems, and the Ranch disbanded soon after. While Urban remained on Vocals rest, other artists called upon him to play guitar on their records. Garth Brooks asked Urban to perform on Double Live, The Dixie Chicks invited him to play on their second album (which featured a reworked version of "Some Days You Gotta Dance," a song that also appeared on the Ranch's debut), and Matt Rollings -- one of Nashville's top producers -- hired Urban as a session player for his latest album. The two quickly clicked.
Impressed with Rollings' knowledge of Nashville's session players, Urban asked him to produce his next solo record. Released in 1999, the self-titled Keith Urban spawned four hit singles and paved the way for his successful career in America. A tour in support of that album saw Urban opening for major acts like Dwight Yoakam, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, as well as headlining his own shows. Urban found more success with 2002's Golden Road, which sent three singles to the top of the country charts and went triple platinum in the U.S., as well as 2004's Be Here, which bested the feats of its predecessor by selling over four million copies. Keith Urban was now a contemporary country superstar, replete with Grammy nominations and paparazzi attention, and his label capitalized on that attention by reissuing the Ranch's debut album later that year. An anthology of Urban's work, Days Go By, followed in 2005.
The next year, Urban continued to attract media attention with his highly publicized engagement (and June marriage) to fellow Australian Nicole Kidman, plus his voluntary entry into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse. He postponed all his upcoming promotional appearances while in treatment, although the album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in November as scheduled. It failed to produce a number one hit (the first of Urban's solo albums not to), but Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing still went double platinum in America, aided in part by a successful tour with Carrie Underwood.
Following the birth of his and Kidman's first child, a daughter, Urban returned to the top of the charts in 2008 with a re-recorded version of "You Look Good in My Shirt," which had originally appeared on 2002's Golden Road. The new version appeared on his latest compilation record, Greatest Hits, and its success helped pave the way for Urban's next solo album. Released in 2009, Defying Gravity found him singing about life with Kidman on songs like "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way," both of which peaked at number one. Meanwhile, "Kiss a Girl" became his highest-charting single to date on the pop charts, and two additional tunes -- "'Til Summer Comes Around" and "I'm In" -- both charted well in the country market, making Defying Gravity a crossover success.
Nearly three years had passed between the release of Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing and Defying Gravity. Urban worked quickly on his next album, though, releasing Get Closer during the final months of 2010 and returning to the charts with its lead single, "Put You in a Song." That year, he and Kidman had a second child, another daughter, via surrogate. In 2011 Urban returned to Australia to appear as a judge on the first season of that country's version of The Voice, though he did not return for a second, instead returning to Nashville.
In addition to commencing work on his eighth album, Urban was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Vince Gill in April 2012; he accepted and was inducted later that month. In September, he joined American Idol as a judge. Urban continued to work on his album through all of this activity. Inspired to create something new, he worked with producer Nathan Chapman to add subtle funk and hip-hop elements to his country-pop sound. The resultant album, Fuse, was slated for release in September 2013.
Fuse spawned five Top Ten Billboard Country singles: the pre-release "Shame," the Miranda Lambert duet "We Were Us," "Cop Car," "Somewhere in My Car," and the Eric Church duet, "Raise 'Em Up." These singles charted into 2015, which is when "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" -- the first taste of his ninth album -- appeared in the summer. "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" peaked at number two on Billboard's Country sales and airplay charts, and two other singles -- "Break on Me" and "Wasted Time" -- followed before the full-length Ripcord appeared in May of 2016. Topping the Country Charts, Ripcord also yielded the Grammy-nominated hit single "Blue Ain't Your Color." Urban returned in November 2017 with the female empowerment single "Female," inspired by the rash of sexual harassment scandals that year.
Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter, Producer
Style musical : Comtemporary Country, Country Rock, Country-Pop
Years in activity :
Singles & EP
|05/2003||CD IMPORT 49693 (AUS)||.||Raining on Sunday|
|11/2004||CD EMI 867513 (US)||.||Days Go By|
|03/2005||CD EMI 869484 (US)||You're My Better Half  / You're My Better Half [album version] / Days Go By [acoustic version]|
|05/2005||CD CAPITOL ? (US)||.||Days Go By / Whenever I Run / But For The Grace Of God / Days Go By|
|05/2005||CD LIBERTY ? (US)||Days Go By / Days Go By|
|05/2005||CD LIBERTY 872649 (UK)||Days Go By [Jeremy Wheatley mix] / Days Go By [Live from Aol sessions]|
|05/2005||CD EMI 867513 (US)||Days Go By [Australian re-mix] / Days Go By / These Are The Days|
|09/2005||CD POP U-LAB 3386272 (UK)||Somebody Like You [Jeremy Wheatley mix] / You Look Good In My Shirt / You're Not Alone Tonight (acoustic) / Somebody Like You (sessions @aol performance)|
|09/2005||CD CAPITOL ? (US)||.||Somebody Like You / You Look Good In My Shirt|
|09/2005||CD CAPITOL ? (US)||.||Somebody Like You / You Look Good In My Shirt / You're Not Alone Tonight / Somebody Like You|
|03/2006||CD CAPITOL ? (US)||.||You'll Think Of Me / You'll Think Of Me / If You Wanna Stay / What About Me|
|03/2006||CD ANGEL 12 (US)||You'll Think Of Me|
|03/2006||CD EMI / ANGEL 3503492 (US)||You'll Think Of Me [Jeremy Wheatley mix] / You'll Think Of Me / If You Wanna Stay / What About Me|
|03/2006||CD EMI 0724354996252 (US)||.||You'll Think Of Me|
|2006||CD CAPITOL ? (US)||.||Once In A Lifetime / Days Go By|
|11/2006||CD MSI 3771522 (US)||Once In A Lifetime|
|11/2006||CD MSI ? (US)||.||Once In A Lifetime / Days Go By|
|07/2009||CD CAPITOL 6842492 (US)||Kiss A Girl [the other mix] / Kiss A Girl [remix] / Only You Can Love Me This Way [acoustic]|
|2009||CD CAPITOL ? (US)||.||Only You Can Love Me This Way / Only You Can Love Me This Way (acoustic)|
|1997||CD EMI 57484 (AUS)||KEITH URBAN - Only You / Got It Bad / Blue Stranger / Without You / Arms Of Mary / Yesterday / Don't Go / Hold On To Your Dreams / Lovin' On The Side / Future Plans / Love We Got Goin' / Clutterbilly / River / What Love Is That Way / I Never Work On A Sunday|
|1997||CD WEA 187742 (US)||THE RANCH - Walkin' The Country / Homespun Love / Just Some Love / Some Days You Gotta Dance / My Last Name / Desiree / Freedom's Finally Mine / Hank Don't Fail Me Now / Tangled Up In Love / Clutterbilly / Man Of The House / Ghost In This Guitar|
|10/1999||CD CAPITOL 97591 (US)||KEITH URBAN - It's A Love Thing / Where The Blacktop Ends / But For The Grace Of God / Your Everything / I Wanna Be Your Man (Forever) / Little Luck Of Our Own / You're The Only One / If You Wanna Stay / Don't Shut Me Out / Out On My Own / Rollercoaster / I Thought You Knew|
|10/2002||CD CAPITOL 97644 (US)||GOLDEN ROAD - Somebody Like You / Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me / Whenever I Run / What About Me / You'll Think Of Me / Jeans On / You Look Good In My Shirt / You're Not Alone Tonight / You Won / Song For Dad / Raining On Sunday / You're Not My God / No Name|
|08/2003||2 CD WSM 2564607472 (US)||
Keith Urban / The
|02/2004||CD CAPITOL 94019 (US)||IN THE RANCH - Walkin' In The Country / Homespun Love / Just Some Love / Some Days You Gotta Dance / My Last Name / Desiree / Freedom's Finally Mine / Hank Don't Fail Me Now / Tangled Up In Love / Clutterbilly / Man Of The House / Ghost In This Guitar / Stuck In The Middle / Billy / Walkin' In The Country (multimedia track) / Clutterbilly (multimedia track)|
|09/2004||CD CAPITOL 77489 (US)||BE HERE - Days Go By / Better Life / Making Memories Of Us / God's Been Good To Me / Hard Way / You're My Better Half / Could Fly / Tonight I Wanna Cry / She's Gotta Be / Nobody Drinks Alone / Country Comfort / Live To Love Another Day / These Are The Days|
|06/2005||CD EMI 4775812 (US)||Days Go By - Days Go By / Somebody Like You / Raining On Sunday / You're My Better Half / You'll Think Of Me / You Won / Making Memories Of Us / You (Or Somebody Like You) / Nobody Drinks Alone / She's Gotta Be / Tonight I Wanna Cry / You're Not Alone Tonight / Better Life / Live To Love Another Day / These Are The Days / [CD-Rom track]|
|01/2006||2 CD Phantom Import 303367 (UK)||
Keith Urban /
Golden Road :
|11/2006||CD CAPITOL 77087 (US)||LOVE, PAIN & THE WHOLE CRAZY THING - Once In A Lifetime / Shine / I Told You So / I Can't Stop Loving You / Won't Let You Down / Faster Car / Stupid Boy / Used To The Pain / Raise The Barn (featuring Ronnie DUNN) / God Made Woman / Tu Compania / Everybody / Got It Right This Time|
|11/2007||CD CAPITOL 50768 (US)||GREATEST HITS - Romeo's Tune / Got It Right This Time (The Celebration) / I Told You So [radio edit] / Stupid Boy / Better Life / Making Memories Of Us [radio edit] / Once In A Lifetime [radio edit] / Tonight I Wanna Cry / You're My Better Half [radio edit] / Days Go By [radio edit] / But For The Grace Of God [Radio Edit] / You'll Think Of Me [radio edit] / Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me [radio edit] / Raining On Sunday [radio edit] / Where The Blacktop Ends [radio edit] / Your Everything [radio edit] / Somebody Like You / Everybody [radio rdit]|
|03/2009||CD CAPITOL 357512 (US)||DEFYING GRAVITY - Kiss A Girl / If I Could Ever Love / Sweet Thing / 'Til Summer Comes Around / My Heart Is Open / Hit The Ground Runnin' / Only You Can Love Me This Way / Standing Right In Front Of You / Why's It Feel So Long / I'm In / Thank You|
|11/2010||CD LIBERTY 47695 (US)||GET CLOSER - Put You In A Song / You Gonna Fly / All For You / Long Hot Summer / Without You / Georgia Woods / Right On Back To You / Shut Out The Lights|
|05/2012||CD EMI 6245182 (US)||THE STORY SO FAR - Kiss A Girl / Long Hot Summer / Somebody Like You / Making Memories Of Us / Days Go By / Put You In A Song / Without You / You Look Good In My Shirt / Stupid Boy / Once In A Lifetime / Sweet Thing / You'll Think Of Me / I Told You So / Only You Can Love Me This Way / You're My Better Half / Tonight I Wanna Cry / For You / Raining On Sunday / Better Life|
|09/2013||CD Capitol / MCA B 001865602 (US)||FUSE - Somewhere In My Car / Even The Stars Fall 4 U / Cop Car / Shame / Good Thing / We Were Us (Keith URBAN feat: Miranda LAMBERT) / Love's Poster Child / She's My 11 / Come Back To Me / Red Camaro / Little Bit Of Everything / Raise 'Em Up (Keith URBAN feat: Eric CHURCH) / Heart Like Mine|
|09/2013||CD Capitol 001911302 (deluxe edition) (US)||FUSE - Somewhere In My Car / Even The Stars Fall 4 U / Cop Car / Shame / Good Thing / We Were Us (Keith URBAN feat: Miranda LAMBERT) / Love's Poster Child / She's My 11 / Come Back To Me / Red Camaro / Little Bit Of Everything / Raise 'Em Up (Keith URBAN feat: Eric CHURCH) / Heart Like Mine / Black Leather Jacket / Gonna B Good / Lucky Charm|
|05/2016||CD Capitol 002359102 (US)||Ripcord - Gone Tomorrow (Here Today) / John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 / Wasted Time / Habit Of You / Sun Don't Let Me Down / Gettin' In The Way / Blue Ain't Your Color / The Fighter / Break On Me / Boy Gets A Truck / Your Body / That Could Still Be Us / Worry 'bout Nothin'|
|04/2018||CD Capitol 002828502 (US)||
Graffiti U - Coming Home (feat: Julia Michaels) / Never Comin Down / Same Heart / My Wave (intro) / My Wave (feat: Shy Carter) / Parallel Line / Drop Top (feat: Kassi Ashton) / Way Too Long / Horses (feat: Lindsay Ell) / Gemini / Texas Time (intro) / Texas Time / Love The Way It Hurts (So Good) / Female / Steal My Thunder
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