Keith Urban Recalls ‘Turning Point’ That Shaped His Career
Keith Urban has a trophy case full of Grammy, CMA, ACM, CMT, AMA, People's Choice and countless other awards. But there's one little trophy fans may not know about that Keith credits with jump starting his career.
"I won this award in Australia called 'Star Maker' in 1990," Keith told The Boot backstage at last week's CMT Music Awards. "I would define that as the turning point for me. I still spent another 20 years playing clubs, but something changed from that award. The award gave me the chance to get signed to EMI Records and record one song. From there, I got signed to a publishing deal, and those guys sent me to Nashville. When I signed my publishing deal, I started coming over [to Nashville] and doing all these writing trips. That award opened up a way for me to get into Nashville. Everything started happening from there."
During Wednesday's award show, Keith picked up yet another trophy, this time for Best Male Video of the Year for ''Til Summer Comes Around.'