A Grammy-award winning star, Keith Urban began pursuing his passion from an early age and despite the rocky road to fame, he has established his status as one of the most popular country singers. The guitarist, singer and songwriter who found fame both in Australia and the U.S has been a hitmaker despite how country music has metamorphosed over the years. In addition to his successful career, Keith was further thrown to the limelight because of his statuesque wife who is easily one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Here are interesting facts about the versatile singer’s career and personal life which has made him increasingly endearing to fans.
The Australian-American singer was born Keith Lionel Urban on October 26, 1967, as the last son of Marienne and Robert Urban. Though born in Whangarei, New Zealand, Keith was raised in Caboolture, Queensland after his family relocated to Australia. He attended Sir Edmund Hillary College in Otara, South Auckland.
Urban’s music interests were evident from an early age as he learned to play the guitar at age six and began performing at country festivals from age ten. Besides participating in local music competitions, Keith also played for a band before eventually carving a niche for himself in the Australian music industry.
After signing a deal with EMI Australia in 1990, Keith released his self-titled debut album the following year. Urban, who left Australia and relocated to Nashville in 1992, later formed a three-piece band ‘The Ranch’ where he was the front man. The group which released an eponymous album in 1997 later disbanded but that was only the beginning of Keith’s solo career.
Making a comeback as a solo act, Keith released his second album Golden Road in 2002. The album which featured singles such as Somebody Like You, Raining on Sunday, Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me and You’ll Think of Me topped the charts and was a commercial success. Between 2001 and 2002, Keith embarked on tours with superstars including Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, and Martina McBride which helped hone his stage-craft and headlining skills.
This was made evident in his 2004 album Be Here which was a bigger hit. The album marked a milestone in Urban’s career and earned him nominations for the best country album at both the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2005, Keith released a live DVD Livin’ Right Now which won him the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award. It was in this same year that Keith who was struggling with drug addictions checked into rehab. Fresh from rehab, the singer released Greatest Hits: 18 Kids in 2007. He continued touring and released his fifth studio album Defying Gravity in 2009 which earned him a Grammy Award nomination and was also a commercial success.
His follow up albums which were even more successful than their predecessors include Get Closer (2010), Fuse (2013) and his ninth studio album Ripcord (2016). Featuring collaborations with other superstars, Ripcord was not only certified Platinum but also earned Keith another Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Album.
For his creative contributions to the industry, Keith has been honored with several accolades. In 2001, he was named the Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music Awards as well as the ARIA Music Award. In 2003, he won the TCMA awards and in 2004, he was named Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association Awards.
Family – Married, Wife, Divorce, Kids
Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman have been married for well over a decade. The couple who first met at an event in 2006, quickly sparked up a romance and after six months, they walked down the aisle on 25 June 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Keith and Nicole’s union has produced two daughters, the first, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, was born July 7, 2008, and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born 28 December 28, 2010. The two who have been through highs and lows together remain inseparable and show no signs of a divorce despite many unfounded rumours. They remain one of Hollywood’s most enduring power couples.
Is Keith Urban Gay?
While there have been speculations about Keith’s sexuality, his dating history would be a pointer to the obvious. Before Kidman, Urban had been romantically linked to other women and their relationships made headlines. Between 1992 to 2002, he and Laura Sigler, a veterinary technician were in an on-and-off relationship. They were engaged in 2001 but broke up by the following year. Next was supermodel Niki Taylor whom Urban dated for about three years before they officially parted ways in 2005.
Keith Urban stands at an average height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs 75kg. The singer is just about an inch shorter than his actress wife Nicole but the star couple who often appear on the red carpet together has managed to deflect attention from their obvious height difference, making it work for them in flattering ways.