Life Before Fame: Country Music Star Keith Urban
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.
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
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.