Life Before Fame: Country Music Star Keith Urban

Australian singer Keith Urban (R) and his wife Australian actress Nicole Kidman arrive for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

September 15, 2019 - 08:00 / Philip Faukland-Pollard

Keith Urban is a New Zealand-born Australian singer, songwriter and record producer most well known for his country music. In 1991, he released his first album in Australia before moving to the US. He consequently set up his own band known as The Ranch which recorded an album on Capitol Nashville - and he has remained with Capitol ever since. 

Keith Urban has experienced a lot of fame in his career, having been awarded over 30 awards for his musical success over the years. Urban has charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country songs chart, 18 of which went to number one. He has also won three Grammys. 

Keith Urban attends the 13th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on August 21, 2019 in Nashville, Tennesse

Life before fame

Eventually Urban left The Ranch to focus on his solo career. His solo debut album, Keith Urban was a smash hit and there was no looking back for the talented singer. Urban began his country music career in Australia and was born into a family of music lovers. Urban was exposed to country music from a young age and was also given guitar lessons. As a teenager, he participated and won in several talent shows. He started playing for a local country band and developed his own unique style of music - a combination of rock guitar and country - which enabled him to create a niche for himself in Australia.

Keith Urban's Personal Life

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the "Big Little Lies" Season 2 Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 29, 2019 in New York City

While living in Nashville, Urban became a heavy user of cocaine. After reaching a low point in 1998, he became determined to stop using the drug and checked into Cumberland Heights treatment center in Nashville. Urban had a relapse in 2006 and checked into the Betty Ford Center in California.  

Urban then met Nicole Kidman in 2005 and they were married on 25th June 2006 in Sydney. The couple have two children and Urban has not been in rehab since his relapse in 2006.