10 Things You Didn’t Know About Keith Urban
Keith Urban has been breaking the mold ever since he stepped into the American music scene as a tattooed, shaggy blonde, Australian country singer. He’s been on a rapid rise to fame ever since the release of his first hit single in 1999. He’s had 18 singles reach the number one spot on the charts and earned three Grammy awards. He’s recognized as one of the best performers and guitar players in the industry, with a CMA Male Entertainer of the Year award under his belt and career changing hits like “Sweetest Thing,” “Days Go By,” “Somebody Like You,” “You Gonna Fly,” and most recently, “Wasted Time.” Urban served as a coach on the Australian version of The Voice and as a judge on American Idol. He’s currently married to fellow Australian and Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman with two children, Faith, 6, and Rose, 8. Keith Urban just released his ninth studio album, Ripcord, that includes collaborations with big names like Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Nile Rodgers. In honor of his upcoming 49th birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about this amazing musician!
10. Farm Boy
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith’s parents Bob and Marienne Urban ran a convenience store. The store was located in Brisbane, but when he was 10 they moved north onto a farm where Keith was forced to chip in and get his hands dirty! “I had to clean out the pigsties and shovel sh-t out of the chicken coops. But even after our house burned down and we had to live in our tin tractor shed for 18 months, my older brother, Shane, and I sleeping in a single bed on one side of a big workbench, my parents on the other, it looked like a squatter’s residence – all that, for me, is a great memory,” said Urban.
9. Natural Talent
Urban grew up listening to country music because that’s what his parents liked, but it didn’t fully transfer over to him until he got his first instrument which was a ukulele at the age of 4. When he was 6 he got a cheap guitar and it was clear he was naturally gifted. He used to get teased at school for being blonde and dimpled, but once he mastered the guitar, everything fell into place. In eighth grade he won the lead role in his school production of Oliver! and experienced his first taste of fame when all of the students at his school were walking around with buttons featuring a picture of his face. At the age of 15 he was given his parents blessing to drop out of school and tour around, playing in any venue he could find.