Keith Urban was born in New Zealand but moved to Queensland, Australia, with his parents as a toddler. After realizing his potential as a guitar player while still a child, Urban became well known in the Australian music scene for his prowess. He released one record in Australia, before relocating to Nashville, Tenn., in 1992 and working as a guitarist and songwriter. Urban formed the group the Ranch in 1997; they released one self-titled album on Capitol Nashville. Urban's 1999 self-titled solo American debut produced the No. 1 song "But for the Grace of God," just the first in a consistent string of hits since then. The country star married actress Nicole Kidman, a fellow Aussie, in 2006 and began serving as a judge on 'American Idol' in 2013. He also has his own line of guitars and accessories.
Keith Urban Pays High School Students a Surprise Visit
Keith Urban took time out of his schedule to surprise, encourage and offer advice to high school students.
Keith Urban Wears His 'Wild Hearts' on His Sleeve at the CMAs
What a 'wild' performance!
Country Music Memories: 'Be Here' Goes Gold, Platinum
On Nov. 4, 2004, Urban achieved a major career milestone.
Keith Urban's Self-Titled Debut Album: All the Songs, Ranked
Urban released his American debut album, a self-titled project, on Oct. 19, 1999.
Country Music Memories: Keith Urban Releases Debut Solo Album
On Oct. 19, 1999, Urban's self-titled debut album as a solo artist was released.