Keith Urban

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1967 in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand

Biography

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent shows Down Under at age 8. As a teen, he continued to hone his skills, adding a rock-and-roll edge to his music. During the '90s he was an Oz chart-topper but in 1997 he relocated to Tennessee, founded a trio called The Ranch and caught the attention of the country community. Although an addiction to cocaine in the '90s threatened to derail his career, Urban went straight, and all that was left of his bad-boy days were his motorcycle, scruffy facial hair and rebel attitude. In 1999 he went solo, playing for the likes of The Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks before releasing his eponymous hit album. Over the years he stayed in the spotlight due to his prolific output, good looks (his naked photos in Playgirl firmly established him as a sex symbol) and a high-profile romance with Hollywood A-lister and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman. The two made it official in June 2006.

EDUCATION

Attended Caboolture State High School, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia

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Milestones

Posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine.

Performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U.S. leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief.

Began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8.

Moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career.

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