For more than a decade, Keith Urban has been one of country music’s biggest stars. He’s won numerous awards, critical acclaim and the adoration of fans. With a combination of hard work and humility, Urban seems poised to remain a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Additionally, Keith Urban tickets are a hot commodity wherever his concerts are held. Now that Urban is a judge on the massively successful American Idol television series, it seems more likely than ever that he will remain ensconced as an iconic public figure.
Keith Urban’s popularity is good news for families. His wholesome yet human public persona appeals to a diverse audience. His marriage to actress Nicole Kidman and their two children also cements his image as an ordinary family man who happens to entertain for a living. Urban appears to be conscious of the success he enjoys, and anxious to benefit his community. He’s been known to spend time with Nashville area school children, with whom he shares insights on the songwriting process.
This dedication to helping children appreciate music likely springs from Urban’s own early musical experiences. When he was growing up in Australia, his father owned a convenience store. A local guitar instructor asked to post a flyer in the store’s window in exchange for free lessons. Six year-old Keith was the lucky recipient of the lessons, and he showed an early gift for the instrument. Soon, he was winning talent contests and working on developing his musical tastes. These were largely influenced by his father, who was a long time fan of American country music.
However, Urban’s early musical influences went beyond Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton. He was fascinated by the music of the Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler’s innovative guitar techniques. Before long, he was combining the sounds of country with rock and roll, a combination that is still evident in his music today.
Keith released a solo album through the Australian division of EMI records. The album produced a string of number one hits, but Urban still wanted to make it in Nashville. In 1997, he moved to America with a band called The Ranch, which produced a hit record. Ultimately, Urban hoped for solo success, a goal he achieved in 2000 with the release of a self-titled album. The rest is history, as Urban continues to produce number one singles and hugely popular albums.
In 2011, he became a judge on the Australian version of The Voice, a televised singing competition. He left the show after one season so that he could become a judge on America Idol. Fostering young musical talent seems to be a passion for Urban. With his many years of experience in the music industry, he is uniquely qualified to offer useful tips and advice that could prove to be invaluable. As someone who has also survived the pitfalls of fame, he should present himself as an able and sympathetic mentor.