Keith Urban Reflects on Debut Album on Anniversary of Earning Platinum Status

by Samantha Whidden
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Eight years after earning his very own platinum status, country music superstar Keith Urban reflects on his debut album in the midst of celebrating his major career accomplishment.

According to The Boot, Keith Urban released his self-titled debut album was released in 1999. It was his first solo project since being a part of the band, the Ranch. The country singer and songwriter notably released the album with Capitol Nashville. It features his first No. 1 hit single, But for the Grace of God. Urban co-wrote the single with Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos. 

Keith Urban’s self-titled album went on to be nominated at the 2000 ARIA Music Awards for Best Country Album. Other songs on the album were It’s a Love Thing, Your Everything, and Where the Blacktop Ends. It notably sold 980,000 copies in the U.S. 

Keith Urban Opens Up About the Success of His Self-Titled Album

During a 2009 interview with The Boot, Keith Urban spoke about the album’s success. “It’s a monumental feeling to get to the top of the charts. Especially now. There’s so many records out. With Sweet Thing, I was really relieved, too.”

Keith Urban also shared that every artist that he has ever met, in country music particularly, has just wanted to hear their songs on the radio. “I grew up listening to the radio and loving it. And wishing I could get some songs on the radio. So that feeling is exactly the same as it ever was.”

While speaking about his other singles like Sweet Thing and Kiss a Girl, Keith Urban stated that he believes that people are craving happier music these days. “Now is a good time for that for sure. Positive energy is always good. But it’s part of what I’ve done. I tend to gravitate towards hope. Even in down periods. I always gravitate towards the little of light that might be there.”

When asked about him being particularly private about his family life, Keith Urban explained there is a “natural place” for him where as a writer he’s going to write about things that are personal to him. “The difficult thing comes in people wanting to have that elaborated upon. There’s a certain place, like in the context of that song. There it is. That’s it.”

When asked if he wants to dabble in other genres of music besides country, Keith Urban admits that he has no idea what the future holds for him and his career. “My foundation is really country. That’s where I come from. But I am very much drawn to where that can go.”