Country Throwback: Watch Keith Urban Perform on Television at Just 16-Years-Old in 1983

by Joe Rutland
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Country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban is continuing to record hit songs these days. Like everyone else, Urban had to start somewhere at 16 years old.

Urban makes what may be his earliest television appearance on the show “New Faces” in Melbourne, Australia. The host announces Urban is from Queensland, New Zealand, and will perform a cover version of Air Supply’s hit “All Out Of Love” for the show.

This YouTube video shows Urban performing back in 1983.

“New Faces” appears to be an Australian TV show comparable with “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent.”

After Urban finishes his song, two judges share what they experienced in listening to him. They also provide scores, too.

In the video’s description area, the person who posted it writes in part, “Here is a long lost video of Keith Urban singing ‘All Out Of Love” on New Faces in Melbourne 1983. My band was on the same show as this…Keith won the “encouragement award,” and our band won the show. I have tried in vain to contact Keith’s management to see if it was OK to post this, but never got a reply so here it is!! This is the only footage of this that has survived. Enjoy.”

Keith Urban Continues Impressive Run In Country Music

Urban has been a mainstay in the country music world for a long time. Everybody has important life moments and highlights, and Urban has his as well.

The country music star was born on October 26, 1967.

The New Zealand-born singer caught the country music world by storm with his self-titled album in the early 2000s.

Additionally, in the years since Urban has been a force in the country music industry and even shared his musical expertise on American Idol.

Urban has had many popular songs over the years, but “You’ll Think Of Me” may be one of his most endearing. The song went No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and also earned Urban his first Grammy.

The album featured on Urban’s second studio album Golden Road. The song chronicled a break up in a relationship. It even inspired future artists like Taylor Swift, who listened to the song at 12.

“I remember sitting in my bedroom, listening to ‘You’ll Think of Me’ and thinking: ‘How does he know what I’m going through better than I do? This song is my life,’” Swift told the New York Times. “I was 12 at the time. And I know somewhere there was a 35-year-old woman going through a divorce, listening to that same song, saying the same thing.”