Nearly a decade and a half after he first came to America from Australia, Keith Urban has arrived in a major way as a global musical force. This accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has slowly but surely established himself as one of the most consistent and exciting talents not simply in country music, but in our music world as a whole.
A sense of steady artistic growth has been apparent since Urban's American debut as part of the country rock trio The Ranch back in 1997. There's been a series of increasingly acclaimed solo albums from 1999's Keith Urban, to 2002's Golden Road to 2004's Be Here, which topped Billboard's Top Country Album charts as well as hit #3 on the Billboard 200. Keith Urban and Golden Road, combined, produced 7 Top 5 Singles, including 4 #1s with sales of more than 4 million. Ultimately, Be Here, which went platinum in every country in which it was released, and four times platinum in the United States, would yield five smash singles ("Days Go By," "You're My Better Half," "Better Life" "Making Memories of Us" and "Tonight I Want To Cry"). Urban earned his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Performance and the very prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award from the Country Music Association.
Anyone who imagined that the massive success of Be Here and the flurry of honors that followed it would lead Urban to rest on his laurels is in for a big, bold and rather beautiful surprise. Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, a multi-textured work, which Urban co-produced with longtime collaborator Dann Huff, is already being lauded as the most ambitious, accomplished and intimate album in Urban's already impressive career.
Of Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, Urban says, "It's just an accurate reflection of where I am now. I think it's the sound of being happy with my life and passionate about the music that I'm making." As for the album's intriguing title, Urban explains, "It's inspired by a great old movie called Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing. We just swapped the "Damned" for "Crazy,' and it gave the right sense of how the album feels and what it's all about. It's about Love, Pain and the whole crazy thing. It's about life. When the title came to me, it was obvious - it seemed to fit."
Recorded and written with key collaborators from previous recordings including producer Dann Huff and engineer Justin Niebank, Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing seems set to generate another string of hit songs. Yet each and every one of them feels exceptionally fresh. As Urban explains, "It's a lot of the same team as the last two records, but in a way it seems quite a bit on from the last record. I think it's because there is a sense of a feeling of a full heart here -- so much so that just playing music these days feels different to me. There is much more of a balance to my life, and music, than there has been in the past. If this album is reflective of anything, it's reflective of the peace that I feel now and the desire I have to keep reaching to try different things."
That sense of overflowing passion is at the heart of who Keith Urban is today. "I don't think back too much because I'm so focused on the now and on the future. I think of myself as a work in progress, so I'm always moving forward by my nature. I'm just grateful that I have the freedom to go and make the record that I've just made - big kudos to Capitol Records for believing in me and supporting that freedom."
Of his vision for the album, Urban explains, "What I try to make are records that have an ebb and flow, that you can listen to from top to bottom and that take you on a journey. The result is a record with a lot of diversity. It was also great to play a few more instruments this time around. For instance, when it comes to piano playing, I'm not an accomplished pianist, but that was the appeal of it for me - the texture without the technique." With Urban and Dann Huff producing, the album has no shortage of textures. "Dann's got a great sense of arrangement, and he's really gotten to know me after three records. He knows when to push and when to back off. He's also very creative in the studio, so I take more creative risks because I trust him."
Also making a major contribution to the album is David Campbell, who was responsible for the string arrangements and an unlikely choir arrangement that graces the introduction for "God Made Woman." For Urban, "It was fantastic with David. He's got a great quirky bent, but he also understands the majestic
approach to string arrangements."
One other notable guest is Ronnie Dunn of country superstars Brooks & Dunn, who appears on "Raise The Barn," an uplifting salute to those rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "I've always wanted to do a song with Ronnie and, strangely enough, he records all of his vocals in this old barn on his property. Needless to say, when we did it there was a whole lot of 'raising' going on."
As far as songwriting is concerned, Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing reflects a prolific time in Urban's career. "I found this house in Nashville that had a great room in the front of it, with windows all around and amazing views, here I could set up my studio. It was supposed to be the dining room, but I sacrificed that for the music. I just had the feeling I could write a lot of songs in that environment and as it turned almost all of the songs for this album were written there."
Now, Urban is ready to bring the songs to life onstage. "With the album completed, I can now see how there might have been something subconsciously at work in the creation of these songs. I think in the arena environment that we've been fortunate to find ourselves in, these songs are going to feel very much at home."
Asked if he's proud to be bringing so many people into the large world of country music, Keith Urban says, "If what I do encourages people to discover country music, including artists that I grew up listening to, then I'm grateful for the opportunity. I see it as a diverse genre, from the traditional to the contemporary. The point is that there is a lot of great music of all sorts out there to discover."
Ultimately, though, Urban's musical mission with Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing is much more personal than that. "I just want to be true to my music and share it," he explains, "I hope I've done that."
He's set to drop his newest record later this year.
Keith Urban is currently working on his forthcoming tenth studio album 'Graffiti U' and to celebrate that, he's embarking on a tour of North America beginning this summer. It includes no less than 58 shows across six months featuring support from fellow country star Kelsea Ballerini.
Keith Urban at the American Music Awards
Set to commence on June 15th 2018 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri, the Graffiti U World Tour will also bring him to cities the likes of Toronto, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, Ottawa, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Dallas and New Orleans to name but a few.
Continue reading: Keith Urban Announces New Album 'Graffiti U' And Over 50 Tour Dates
He splurged on a dream city home for his wife.
Keith Urban has reached dream husband status with his latest gesture to Nicole Kidman. He has splurged more than $50 million on a house in New York City for her just so that she can be in the thick of things while she chases a career on Broadway.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the AMA Awards
We could all do with a Keith Urban in our lives. The 50-year-old country music star has shown his love for his actress wife by spending a massive 52 million AUD (that's around 39 million USD) on a glamorous 6-storey townhouse in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Here are the winners and highlights of the 2017 AMAs.
The winners of the 2017 American Music Awards have finally been unveiled, with Bruno Mars coming out on top with an impressive seven gongs altogether. Plus, learn the truth of Pink's facial expression while listening to former rival Christina Aguilera singing a Whitney Houston cover.
Pink at the 2017 American Music Awards
Bruno Mars was not only the winner of Artist Of The Year but also Favorite Male Pop / Rock Artist and Male Soul / R&B Artist, with his third album '24K Magic' landing Favourite Pop / Rock Album and Soul / R&B Album, and single 'That's What I Like' taking Video Of The Year and Favourite Soul / R&B Song.
Keith Urban's new track 'Female' is a message to ''all the females in [his] life'', as he wants to help empower them.
Keith Urban's new track 'Female' is a message to ''all the females in [his] life''.
The 50-year-old country music star has daughters Sunday, nine, and Faith, six, with his wife Nicole Kidman, and has said his new single - which he performed live at the CMAs on Wednesday (08.11.17) - is designed to empower all women in the wake of the ongoing sexual harassment scandals involving Hollywood stars such as disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
Speaking about the track, Keith said: ''As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways. And as a son - my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it's incredible how now I'm surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.''
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The actress was just 23 when she tied the knot with Cruise in 1990.
Kidman, who was 23 when she wed Cruise, told Red magazine that she looks back and can’t believe she was married so young and had two kids by age 27.
Nicole Kidman says she was too young at the time of her marriage to Tom Cruise.
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Keith Urban at the 10th Annual ACM Honors held at The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, United States - Tuesday 30th August 2016
The brightest stars of country were all in attendance at the ACMs.
In some senses, Sunday night’s ACM awards were just the latest in a long month of country music-themed ceremonies, with a similar lineup of stars and the same songs you’d expect at one of these things. They did have a few things going for them though.
As the only show to be hosted by the Blake Shelton/Luke Bryan duo for the umpteenth time in a row, there was some radorkable banter happening. There were also a couple of lovely nostalgic tributes. Eric Church and Keith Urban offered up a lovely rendition of Church’s collaboration with Merle Haggard, Pledge Allegiance to the Hag. George Strait followed with the appropriate All My Ex’s Live in Texas, his No. 1 hit from 1987, followed by his brand new single, Let It Go.
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Country music's biggest stars came out for the award ceremony
The biggest stars in country music gathered together for the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. One of the most dazzling attendees was country star and mum-to-be Carrie Underwood who hosted the event alongside Brad Paisley.
Carrie Underwood dazzled as the host of the Country Music Association Awards
Carrie, 31, wowed in a stunning champagne dress with glittering embellishment, fabulous smoky eyeshadow and beautifully styled loose curls. However, she wasn’t the only super country star who also graced the event.
After having a music career that spanned five decades and saw the release of over 70 studio albums, country music superstar, Glen Campbell, was hit with a major tragedy. In June 2011, Campbell announced to his worldwide fan base that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six months earlier. What followed was a 'goodbye tour' of epic proportions. The tour was originally scheduled for five weeks, but in almost no time at all, that five weeks blossomed into a 151-week tour of sold-out concerts as fans across the globe flocked to see and support the musical legend before his retirement for the industry. His final performance came in 2012, at that year's Grammy Awards Ceremony were he performed his most famous and most loved song, 'Rhinestone Cowboy'.
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Urban was "horrified" when hearing the rape news
The country music star's performance at the Xfinity Center in front of a sold-out crowd, which was part of his 'Raise 'Em Up' tour, ended in mayhem after 40 fans were reportedly treated by medical staff for mostly alcohol-related reasons, and a further 22 individuals were hospitalized in the town's local medical centre, which is around 25 miles south of Boston.
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Dozens of concertgoers treated for alcohol-related illnesses at gig in Massachusetts
Chaos ensued at country star Keith Urban’s concert in Mansfield, Massachussetts as many fans had to be given medical attention for excessive alcohol consumption.
Country star Keith Urban played a gig where dozens of fans had to be given medical treatment
Police and medics were called to the Xfinity venue, which is about 25 miles south of Boston, and treated 46 inebriated concert goers, 22 of whom had to be transported to hospitals in the surrounding area. The demands were such that an emergency EMS protocol had to be engaged by police, meaning that ambulances from five separate communities were despatched to the venue.
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Date of birth
26th October, 1967
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