Keith Urban turns 53-years-old today. 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. 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.”
Keith Urban Was Born In New Zealand
As a teenager, Urban realized he wanted to do more than just listen to music. He also wanted to play music and learned how to play the guitar. His sound gravitated the lines between rock and country. But he followed his love for country music, joining a band and winning several talent shows. He released his first album in Australia in 1991. But he realized if he wanted to be successful as he wanted, he would need to move to Nashville.
Keith Urban Found Success in Nashville
That album was Urban’s first taste of wide success. The single “But for the Grace of God” went No. 1 on the country charts. In 2001, the CMA Awards named Urban Top New Male Vocalist. A year later in 2002, Urban released his next album Golden Road, which included No.1 hits “Somebody Like You,” “You’ll Think of Me” and “Who Wouldn’ Want to Be Me.”
Urban toured with Brooks and Dunn and Kenny Chesney and also scheduled his own tour in 2004. That same year he released another studio album Be Here. In 2005, CMA named Urban a triple threat with Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and International Artist of the Year. He followed that success with his first Grammy Award in 2006. That same year he also won the CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year and ACM’s Top Male Vocalist.
Keith Urban Developed A Drug Habbit
“I’d go to sleep, wake up a couple of hours later, go at it again, drinking to take the edge off,” Urban told The Boot. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m probably not going to make it until tomorrow.’ And then I thought, ‘F–k it. I really don’t care. It’ll be a relief to not have to. I’ll take an Ambien and at some point, I’ll pass. I was taking everything. I remember thinking, ‘Oh, good, this is the end of it, yahoo.’ I was quite happy about it.”
Urban Thanks Actress Nicole Kidman For Saving Him
The two married in 2006. That same year, Kidman held an intervention and convinced Urban to check himself into rehab.
“I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones that love and support me,” Urban said in a statement. “One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid that I have. With the strength and unwavering support, I am blessed to have from my wife, family, and friends, I am determined and resolved to a positive outcome.”
Two years later, the couple welcomed their first child Rose. In 2010, the couple had another daughter, Faith Margaret.
Urban Continues to Be Prolific As a Musician
In addition to his career as a singer, Urban was a judge on American Idol for four seasons. From 2013 to 2016, Urban appeared on the show, stewarding the musical talent of hopefuls. He stayed with the show until it ended its initial run. Recently, Urban has been spending time with his family in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.