A New Zealand - Australian country music singer, songwriter, and a record producer, Keith Lionel Urban was born on the 26th of October 1967. Born at Whangarei, New Zealand, Keith is the youngest son of his parents. He spent his childhood in New Zealand but then later, by the time he became 17, Keith moved to Queensland, Australia. Keith took his guitar lessons from Sue McCarthy and then with good confidence, he would take part in various local music competitions. Along with his guitar training and participating in various musical competitions, Keith also joined for acting at a local theater company. Keith always mentioned in his interviews that his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac).
Before his career all began, Keith appeared on Australian TV shows like New Faces, Reg Lindsay Country Homestead TV program, Mike McClellan’s Music Program and many other programs either by being the only performer or at certain times by performing duets with local Brisbane girl Jenny Wilson. At that time he won a Golden Guitar Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
His first musical debut was when he signed with EMI Records, and soon after that, he got released a self-titled album in the year 1990. He also featured on the 1990 compilation album "Breaking Ground" where he got nominated for the 1991 ARIA Award for Best Country Album. After a few numbers of singles which got released in Australia, Keith then moved to the United States in the year 1992.
As soon as he moved to the United States, he found work as a session guitarist and then after a while later, he also starred in a band named The Ranch. The band recorded one studio album and it also charted out two singles on the Billboard list of Hot Country Songs.
Soon after he moved to the United States, his music started to get recognized and he began to taste success after success. A solo American debut album "Golden Road" got released in the year 2002 which got fame as the biggest country hit of the 2000’s. In the same album, a fourth single, “You’ll Think of Me” won him his first ever Grammy Award. In the year 2004, Keith released his third American album named "Be Here" which managed three number one singles and it also became the highest-selling album. He earned a 4x Platinum certification for the same album.
His fourth album, "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing" got released in the year 2006 which included is second Grammy Award song, “Stupid Boy”. In the year 2007 on 20th November, Keith released his album which was a compilation of all his greatest hits. The album included his Top 10 hits and also included two new songs. In the year 2009, another album titled "Defying Gravity" got released where the album produced his third Grammy Award win “Sweet Thing”. Thus, till present, he charted out 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs chart.
A musical tour titled Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour was conducted along with his fellow country singer Carrie Underwood to entertain the fans. He also took the role as a coach on the TV show, The Voice in the Australian Television and he has also been a judge at the American Idol. In the year 2013, Keith introduced his signature line of guitars and accessories. He has been married to the successful actress Nicole Kidman since 2006 and has two children.