On This Day: Keith Urban Debut Solo Album Certified Platinum in 2003

by Kayla Zadel
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Believe it or not, but it was 17 years ago today that Keith Urban released his first solo album that earned platinum status. To get to that coveted level, artists have to sell more than one million units of music.

And this “Fighter” did just that.

Keith Urban Releases Self-Titled Album

The award-winning artist left his band, the Ranch, behind and released his debut solo album Keith Urban in 1999 with Capitol Nashville. As a matter of fact, the album produced his first No. 1 hit, “But for the Grace of God.”

The track is a co-written effort of Urban, Charlotte Caffey, and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s.

This throwback song is about a man that thanks God for his love. He sees his partner’s love in everyday life.

“I must’ve been born a lucky guy / Heaven only knows how I’ve been blessed / With the gift of your love / And I look around and all I see / Is your happiness embracing me / Oh Lord I’d be lost / But for the grace of God,” Urban sings in the chorus.

Urban’s baby-face croons along in the video as we see him move throughout the music video. The sound of this song has that timeless country sound, with the steel guitar sliding in. However, we can still tell it’s Urban’s voice from his signature sound.

Keith Urban, the Hit Maker

This was just the beginning for the Australian country singer. He’s gone on to sell more than 15 million albums, according to The Boot. Urban’s also notched more than 30 top-10 singles, with more than 20 of the songs going to No. 1.

Even though Urban has gone onto to reach music stardom, he will always remember his humble beginnings.

“It’s a monumental feeling to get to the top of the charts. Especially now, there’s so many records out,” he tells The Boot. “Every artist that I’ve ever met, in country particularly, they just want 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 radio. So that feeling is exactly the same as it ever was.”

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