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 and they have two children, Faith, 6, and Rose, 8, together. In honor of his upcoming 50th 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.