Chesney named CMA entertainer of the year

NASHVILLE, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Kenny Chesney was named entertainer of the year at the 41st annual CMA awards show in Nashville Wednesday.

Stars flock to Nashville for CMA awards

NASHVILLE, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The 41st annual Country Music Association awards show was under way at the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville.

Urban has minor bike accident in Australia

SYDNEY, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Country music star Keith Urban says a photographer that was following him came to his aid after a minor motorcycle accident in Sydney, Australia, Monday.

Kidman: Keith and I were 2 lonely people

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Australian actress Nicole Kidman says she and husband Keith Urban were just two lonely people when they met in 2005.

Kidman breaks silence about miscarriage

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Australian actress Nicole Kidman says she suffered a traumatic miscarriage early in her marriage to Hollywood star Tom Cruise, People.com reported Tuesday.

Paisley, Strait grab 5 CMA nominations

NASHVILLE, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Brad Paisley and George Strait paced nominees Thursday with five nods each when the Country Music Association announced its award nominations in Nashville.

Urban calls rehab 'exercise in surrender'

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Singer Keith Urban, during an interview in New York, said his stint in rehab was an "exercise in surrender" and he views his pending tour as therapeutic.

Urban the singer sues Urban the artist

NASHVILLE, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Singer Keith Urban sued New Jersey artist Keith Urban, accusing the painter of using their common name to sell his art on keithurban.com.

Whitaker, Urban slated for 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Oscar-nominated actor Forest Whitaker and Grammy-winning singer Keith Urban will appear in February on "Saturday Night Live," NBC announced in New York.

Keith Urban back on tour

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Country singer Keith Urban, who recently completed a three-month treatment for alcohol addiction, will begin his much-anticipated tour in June in Phoenix.

Urban thanks family, friends for support

NASHVILLE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. country singer Keith Urban thanked his family, friends and fans for their support while he spent three months in rehabilitation for alcohol addiction.

Urban released from rehab; begins tour

NASHVILLE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Troubled country singer Keith Urban was released from a U.S. rehabilitation facility where he was treated for alcohol addition.

Nicole and Keith together again

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Nicole Kidman reportedly spent Christmas in Australia with husband Keith Urban, who was out of a rehabilitation program for the occasion.

Nicole Kidman said not to be pregnant

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Hollywood rumor mill has recently been rife with speculation that actress Nicole Kidman is pregnant, but recent photos suggest otherwise.

Nicole Kidman hit with booze, affair tales

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Nicole Kidman won't be making any Christmas toasts with her new country music star husband who is in the Betty Ford Clinic after relapsing into alcoholism.
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Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen

Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand-born Australian, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. Urban was born in New Zealand and began his career in Australia at an early age. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Records and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts.

Still signed to Capitol, he made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the U.S., it also produced his first American Number One in "But for the Grace of God". His breakthrough hit was the Number One "Somebody Like You", from his second Capitol album Golden Road (2002). This album also earned Urban his first Grammy Award win for "You'll Think of Me", its fourth single and the fourth Billboard Number One of his career. 2004's Be Here, his third American album, produced three more Number Ones, and became his highest-selling album, earning 4× Multi-Platinum certification. Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, producing the record-setting No.17 country chart debut of "Once in a Lifetime", as well as Urban's second Grammy for the song "Stupid Boy", while a Greatest Hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids followed in late 2007. This album was re-released a year later as Greatest Hits: 19 Kids with one track added: the number one "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he had previously recorded on Golden Road. Additional albums Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on 31 March 2009 and 16 November 2010, respectively.

Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in the United Kingdom), as well as one album in The Ranch. He has charted more than fifteen singles on the U.S. country charts, including ten Number Ones. Urban plays acoustic and electric guitar, as well as banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bouzouki and drums.

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