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Country musician Keith Urban dominates music charts

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Keith Lionel Urban has been successful because he’s broken barriers in so many ways and dominates the country music charts. He’s best known for singing songs such as “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Wasted Time” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John  3:16.”

Urban’s father had been a fan of country music, so he grew up listening to Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, and Jimmy Web. In order for Urban to change the style of country music, he immersed himself with the idols that came before him.

Urban had started playing at Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia, where he went every year. After his first album, he moved to Nashville, TN, in 1992 from New Zealand.  In 2004, he released “Be Here” which earned him his first Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

While most fans believe they know much of Urban’s background, most people would be surprised by the facts. Urban was born in New Zealand which is a misconception to most because fans think he’s from Australia.

Surprisingly, the countries like to take turns passing Urban off.

When Urban gets into trouble, he’s seen as being from New Zealand, but when he wins a Grammy, Australia instead will claim him.

Another misconception that fans have is that Urban had instant stardom. But since he was introducing a new sound to country music, it took him some years to make it in the music industry. Therefore, in the mid 1990s, he gained a lot of commercial success.  Lastly, unbeknownst to most, Urban has overcome an addiction to drugs as well alcohol.

In recent years, Urban has been a judge on “American Idol.” He’s performed at the CMA (Country Music Association) Awards, CMT Awards, and at a special Grammy tribute to honor the Bee Gees.  

He’s currently working on his next album called “Graffiti U.”  

According to TasteOfCountry.com, published on Jan. 17, 2018, the Graffiti U World Tour will start on June 15.  According to Rolling Stone, Urban released the song, “Coming Home” featuring Julia Michaels on March 20 that incorporates a revised version  of “Mama Tried” by the late Merle Haggard, another country singer who had passed away in 2016. The new song has a great beat and Haggard’s beat is easy to pick up in the song.

The song is a success because it mixes the “country twang” with Urban’s style, and Haggard is even credited as a co-writer. The song mixes an older style of country with a newer version of country. It shows that pioneers of country music will live on through the artists who grew up listening to them.

Urban will be performing at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 27 as part of his world tour.

1 Comment

  1. April 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    “Gets into trouble”? What does THAT mean…And New Zealand nor Australia has to “claim” him…He’s an American now…And has lived here more than half his life…

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