Put your knowledge about country singer-songwriter Keith Urban, the America’s Freedom Festival at Provo’s 2019 Bank of American Fork Stadium of Fire headliner, to the test with these 10 interesting facts.
The Stadium of Fire is set for Thursday at 8 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium, 1700 N. Canyon Road, Provo. Tickets cost $29-$250, with more information online at http://stadiumoffire.com.
— Sarah Harris, Daily Herald
Born in New Zealand
Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand, on Oct. 26, 1967, as the youngest son of Robert and Marienne Urban. His middle name is Lionel.
Raised in Australia
Growing up, Urban lived with his parents in Caboolture, Queensland, Australia. He is now a dual citizen of Australia and the United States.
In addition to being a singer-songwriter, Urban plays the guitar, banjo and bass guitar.
The Ranch band member
Urban was in a 1997 Nashville country trio called The Ranch. The band released one self-titled album and charted two singles, “Walkin’ the Country” and “Just Some Love,” on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs before the group disbanded in 1998. Jerry Flowers of The Ranch has been the bassist on Urban’s tours since 2004.
10 solo studio albums
The multiplatinum-selling artist has released 10 studio albums so far in his solo career: two self-titled albums in 1991 and 1999, “Golden Road” in 2002, “Be Here” in 2004, “Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing” in 2006, “Defying Gravity” in 2009, “Get Closer” in 2010, “Fuse” in 2013, “Ripcord” in 2016 and “Graffiti U” in 2018. Many of his songs have charted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and other lists.
Four Grammy Awards
Urban won four Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance between 2005 and 2010. He has also won several Country Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards and more. Urban was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012.
Married to Nicole Kidman
In 2006, Urban married Australian actress Nicole Kidman in Sydney, Australia. The couple recently celebrated their 13th anniversary on June 25. They now have two daughters, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban.
In addition to being known for his musical career, Urban has made several TV appearances. He replaced Steven Tyler as a judge on “American Idol” Seasons 12-15, judging alongside artists including Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. He was also a coach on the Australian version of “The Voice” for the show’s first season. He competed as well on Australian talent show “New Faces” in 1983.
Throughout his career, Urban has worked with many artists including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Pitbull, Nile Rodgers, Kris Allen, Ronnie Dunn, Julia Michaels, Shy Carter, Lindsay Ell and Kassi Ashton.
Signature guitar, accessory line
In 2013, Urban announced his own signature line of guitars and accessories. Some of the proceeds from his guitar packages, sold through Home Shopping Network, benefit the Grammy Foundation and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.