If you have heard Keith Urban’s music and more importantly seen him live, then you cannot help but notice that there is more than an element of rock music fused with country music. This basically is what makes him standout from his peers. Urban is a bonafide country music superstar who has sold millions of albums and performed sold-out shows around the US and abroad.
Keith Urban is very special and so is his music. His sound is influenced by the artists he grew up listening to. He was a music fan who eventually realized his dreams. Now that he is all set and ready to perform live, this is your chance to see him in concert. Get your Keith Urban tickets here and watch one of the biggest names in country music history perform live.
Early Life and Influences
Keith Urban grew up listening to rock music and it never left him. He was a massive fan of AC/DC, Bryan Adams and John Mellencamp. In an interview with Taste of Country, when it was put to him that his track Long Hot Summer takes one back to 80’s rock music from the likes of Adams and Mellencamp, this is what Urban had to say:
“It’s so awesome that you said that. "I never thought that much about John, but [Mellencamp] is a huge influence on me. I’m thinking of a song like ‘Paper in Fire,’ or even ‘Summer of ’69,’ and you’re right, it’s a heartland rocker in that vein. It’s probably my AC/DC upbringing. I’ve always loved 4/4 tunes that are four-on-the-floor and just really want to rock.”
Listening to these rock music superstars shaped his musical direction to a large extent.
Keith Urban was born in New Zealand but then moved to Australia with his parents during his teens. Urban began to learn guitar playing and was soon taking part in various competitions. In 1983, he took part in New Faces, an Australian talent show. Urban then started to make appearances in different television shows and that helped him make some noise in the country music scene prevalent in Australia at the time. He also began to perform at different festivals.
Breakthrough and Recognition
Keith Urban soon landed a record deal from EMI Australia and came out with his self-titled first album. He also went on to appear on “Breaking Ground-New Directions in Country Music,” a compilation record that earned an ARIA Award nomination.
Keith Urban then decided to shift to Nashville in the year 1992. He kicked off his journey by appearing on Mercury Blues, a rendition by Alan Jackson. Urban also collaborated with the likes of Toby Keith, 4 Runner, Charlie Daniels, Tim Wilson and Paul Jefferson in different capacities during the 1990s. He also formed his own band, The Ranch in 1997 and released one album with it.
It was time for him to take his bow as a solo artist and Urban came out with a self-titled record in the year 1999. The track Your Everything from the album went as high as the fourth spot in the country which made him the first ever musician from New Zealand to break into the Top 10 in the US. But for the Grace of God became Urban’s first track to reach the number one spot. The record itself went platinum in the United States and gold in Australia. Urban also won an Academy of Country Music Award and a Country Music Association Award.
Notable Work and Album Releases
His next album was titled “Golden Road” that hit the music stores in the year 2002. The record was a massive success. The title track from the album Somebody Like You spent half a dozen weeks at the top of the charts. The track You’ll Think of Me went to the number one spot as well. It also won Urban his first Grammy Award in the category of “Best Male Country Vocal Performance.”
Golden Road peaked at the eleventh spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 and at the second spot on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. The record also recorded triple platinum level sales in the US and double platinum level sales in Canada. It also went platinum in Australia.
Urban then hit another gear and came out with “Be Here” in 2004. The record had three number one singles and received a lot of critical acclaim too. AllMusic gave it four stars out of five while Rolling Stone gave it three stars out of five. “Be Here” received B grade from Entertainment Weekly too.
The album also peaked at the first spot on the US Top Country Albums and at the third position on the US Billboard 200. It also went to the eighth spot in Canada and to the eleventh spot in Australia. Be Here sold well over a whopping four million copies in the US to go quadruple platinum. In Australia it went triple platinum while in Canada it was certified two times platinum.
Keith Urban has come out with ten studio albums in total and this figure includes his debut record in Australia and the one he released with The Ranch. Thirty seven of his tracks have charted on the Hot Country Songs chart in the US and eighteen have gone to the top of the chart.
Keith Urban has won four Grammy Awards. On top of that, he has also won multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, American Country Awards, ARIA Awards and CMT Awards.
Keith Urban Tour Tickets
Keith Urban has just ended his latest road trip, the Ripcord World Tour. The trek began on June 2, 2016 and ended on October 20, 2017. Urban performed seventy one shows in total with sixty one of those in North America and ten in Oceana. Just because, the tour has ended, does not mean that Urban will not be hitting the stage. He will be taking the stage in 2017 and in 2018. If you want to see the superstar live in concert, then book your Keith Urban tour tickets now.