WATCH: 24-Year-Old Keith Urban Talks First Success in 1992 Interview

by Quentin Blount

Country music star Keith Urban caught the music world by storm in the 1990s and 2000s.

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

However, in an interview recorded back in 1992, the then 24-year-old discussed his rise to success with John McSweeney of Country Clips. In the interview, Urban is sporting a completely different look, including platinum blonde hair.

The New Zealand-born singer said that he had been all over the world promoting his first album. He said he spent most of his time in Australia and the United States.

“I’ve been everywhere, man. I spent a bit of time in America, and we toured in most of Queensland, Wales and down to Victoria,” the young Urban says. “Pretty much just getting out and promoting the album, basically.”

Urban goes on to say in the interview that he wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 14 songs on the album. He was also asked how it felt to win Australia’s Country Music Award’s Top Instrumental and Male Vocalist of the Year.

“It’s pretty rad, I mean, the people I was up against I’ve grown up listening to,” Urban says. “Just to be among them from a nomination point of view is great but to win it was really something else. When they read out my name it was amazing.”

Keith Urban Recently Had a Birthday

The 53-year-old musician recently celebrated his birthday on October 26th. Urban was born in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand. But he spent his years growing up in Australia. Urban loved music from an early age and especially had an affinity for country music. It was a passion his parents shared with Urban.

In addition to rising to stardom thanks to his first self-titled album, Urban has had many popular songs over the years. His song “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 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.”