With that silky voice and the ability to play a gazillion instruments (stringed and percussion), it’s pretty clear that Keith Urban, one of the very few non-US country music artists, is here to stay. But his rise to the top of country music in the United States started miles away in Australia with the release of his self-titled album in 1991 under EMI Records.
After charting four singles from this album, Keith headed for the United States, and in particular, Nashville, Tennessee. In finding work as a session guitarist for the country music duo known as Brooks & Dunn, he soon formed a three-piece band called The Ranch that released one album.
In wanting to pursue a solo career, Keith worked with Brett Manning (Vocal Coach to the Stars) until he released his self-titled album but this time in the United States. And in receiving acclaim in the form of three top five hits as well as the Top New Male Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2001, it was pretty clear that Keith had arrived.
From there on, every albums such as Golden Road, Be Here, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing has made waves, and with hits like Days go by, You’ll think of me, You look good in my shirt, Keith has made his mark with almost ten U.S number ones and a total of 9 studio albums.
And knowing the talent that Keith has as both a performer and a session musician, there’s no doubt that his contribution to country music will only continue to reach greater heights in the years to come.