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Ironically, one of America's most celebrated country musicians is a New Zealander. Keith Lionel Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand in 1967, though his parents moved to Queensland, Australia soon after his birth. A musical prodigy, Keith began performing while still in middle school and dropped out at age 15 to go on tour. Signed to EMI, he released a self-titled album in Australia in 1990. Already one of the most popular country musicians in Australian history by age 25, Keith moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992 to try his hand in the much larger American country record industry.

The plane ticket proved to be the best investment he ever made. A technically accomplished guitarist in addition to a vocalist, he got his start and a sideman and session musician in Nashville, recording and touring with the likes of Alan Jackson, The Dixie Chicks, and Brooks & Dunn. In 1997 he formed The Ranch, a three-piece country outfit that recorded only one album before breaking up. The album sold modestly, but reached the 34th slot on the Billboard Top Country Albums when it was reissued at the peak of his career in 2004.

After a short stint in rehab due to cocaine, Urban released his self titled American debut in 1999. The album sold over 100,000 copies due to the radioplay received by singles Where the Blacktop Ends and But for the Grace of God, but his career absolutely skyrocketed with the release of sophomore record Golden Road in 2002. Selling quadruple-platinum and staying on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart for two straight years, Golden Road spawned three chart-topping #1 singles, including Somebody Like You and Who Wouldn�t Wanna Be Me.

Since Golden Road, everything Urban touches seems to turn to�well, gold. His next three albums, Be Here, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing, and Greatest Hits: 18 Kids have all certified platinum in the United States and Canada. Keith Urban is currently married to celebrated Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who announced in January 2008 that the couple are expecting their first child

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Australian country music singer, born October 26, 1967, in Whangarei, New Zealand. Married to Nicole Kidman.

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Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand-born country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. Originally the front man for The Ranch, a three-piece group that released one album in 1997 to critical acclaim, Urban disbanded the group to pursue a solo career. In 2004 his album "Be Here" was nominated for best country album at the Grammy Awards and at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is an Australian country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States, Canada and Australia. Urban was born in New Zealand and began his career in Australia at an early age. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Records and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts.

Still signed to Capitol, he made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the U.S., it also produced his first American Number One in "But for the Grace of God". His breakthrough hit was the Number One "Somebody Like You", from his second Capitol album Golden Road (2002). This album also earned Urban his first Grammy Award win for "You'll Think of Me", its fourth single and the fourth Billboard Number One of his career. 2004's Be Here, his third American album, produced three more Number Ones, and became his highest-selling album, earning 4× Multi-Platinum certification. Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, producing the record-setting No.17 country chart debut of "Once in a Lifetime", as well as Urban's second Grammy for the song "Stupid Boy", while a Greatest Hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids followed in late 2007. This album was re-released a year later as Greatest Hits: 19 Kids with one track added: the number one "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he had previously recorded on Golden Road. Additional albums Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on 31 March 2009 and 16 November 2010, respectively.

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