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Don't miss Keith on the cover of Country Weekly! On sale now!..
The Christian Country Music Association announced to day that Keith was nominated for Musician of the year in the 2006 Inspirational Country Music Awards.
Australia's global superstar, Keith Urban has announced plans to return to the recording studio to complete his new album which will be released later this year.

Six women from across the country are using their athletic abilities to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of their favorite country music artist, Keith Urban.

Jedd Hughes on Road with Keith
For the past week or so Jedd Hughes has been on the road with fellow Aussie star Keith Urban. After months of songwriting in preparation for the new album, Jedd jumped at the chance to get out on the road for an enjoyable tour with his good mate, Keith. Check out Keith’s website to see some of the territory they’re covering. You can find out more about Jedd’s road to success by visiting his new website, http://www.myspace.com/jeddhughes  and also check a story from Anna Rose at www.tamworthragepage.com/annarose2.htm  and www.countryragepage.com/jeddhughes.htm
Keith Will be in Australia end of October when the annual ARIA music awards are on
Keith chosen for The Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum annual Calendar
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has chosen the 12 artists to be featured in its annual calendar, including  Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson. The calendar also includes dozens of archival photos from the museum's collection and country music facts for every day of the year.

25 - 6- 2006
"We just want to thank everyone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes,"
Nicole Kidman and country music star Keith Urban were married Sunday 25th June 2006 at 6.25pm, Australian time, in a small ceremony in Sydney.  The Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel church bells in Manly (Sydney) rang at least 100 times to celebrate and let the people know.
Nicole wore a long, traditional veil, pearl drop earrings, an ivory Balenciaga dress with an empire waist designed by Nicolas Ghesquière.  Her hair was long and curly and she carried white roses in her hand.   Keith also tucked a white rose in the lapel of his black suit.
Nicole's sister Antonia was matron of honour with Nic's 13-year-old daughter Isabella and niece Lucia as bridesmaidss.
Keith was attended by his brother Shane, his friend Marlon Holden, and Nicole's son, 11-year-old Connor.
Hugh sang a song from his hit musical, The Boy from Oz, called "Tenterfield Saddler," and then Keith jumped onstage with his guitar and crooned, "Making Memories of Us," from his new album.  Crowded House frontman Neil Finn sang the Aussie ballad "Fall at Your Feet."
Tamworth Ragepage wishes Nicole and Keith
all the best for the future
Photo from Entertainment tonight
Angie Marquis has known Keith since they were 10 years old.  They were once boyfriend and girlfriend.  They had a group call California Suite.  Angie is going to the wedding next Sunday 25th June.
Tommy Emmanuel , heaped praise on Keith Urban to his audience at a concert he held. Keith had once said about Tommy's guitar playing," that some people are touched by the hands of God, Tommy is the hands of God, the way he plays guitar"!  Click here Tommy Emmanuel's Artist Report page
2006 CMA Music Festival
The concert at LP Field
The concert at LP Field was delayed Sunday night for more than an hour due to heavy lightning and storms, but the fans weren't ready to call it quits and the music continued with Sugarland after the storm passed. Unfortunately, a second weather system made it impossible for unannounced, surprise guest reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Gretchen Wilson to perform.

"We were fighting the clock and weather, and we ran out of time with another storm approaching," Genovese said. "The Office of Emergency Management was advising against going any later and we have to put the safety of the artists, our fans and hundreds of on-site workers and volunteers first and foremost."

Surprise appearances are a hallmark of this event. And 2006 didn't disappoint. Thursday night reigning CMA Horizon Award winner Dierks Bentley made an unannounced appearance, while CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban joined CMA Awards hosts Brooks & Dunn during their set. On Friday, Country superstar Kenny Chesney also made a surprise appearance.

"We love giving our fans something special and unexpected," Genovese said.

Keith Urban Played the Piano and Wins Male Vocalist!!
May 23 2006: Tonight on the US CBS Network's telecast of the Academy of
Country Music Awards Show from Las Vegas, Keith Urban played the piano
and sang "Tonight I Want to Cry. Immediately after his performance,
Keith won Top Male Vocalist of the Year. Shortly after receiving his
award ceremony, he joined Brooks & Dunn playing backup acoustic guitar
in a touching performance of their hit single "Believe. The evening
ended with Keith being edged out for the final award, Entertainer of the
Year, which was won by Kenny Chesney.

Congratulations Keith! For the second year in a row Keith has been honored as the ACM Top Male Vocalist of the Year! Keith also gave two touching performances when he performed "Tonight I Wanna Cry" and played guitar for Brooks & Dunn's song "Believe"

Keith took part in the Academy of Country Music Celebrity Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Academy of Country Music® announced that music superstar Keith Urban will perform as part of the 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony will be broadcast LIVE Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS.

Keith took part in the Academy of Country Music Celebrity Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some of the info from the Daily Telegraph
Keith Urban was born in Whangarei New Zealand, his family moved to Australia and spent about 9 years in Brisbane, Queensland. The family then moved to Caboolture (not far from Brisbane).  He calls Caboolture his home town and they are delighted to claim him as theirs and very excited about Nicole Kidman and Keith getting married soon.   He performed the part of "Oliver" at school and also played the drums in "Bye Bye Birdie".  From the age of seven he dreamed of going to Nashville.  He went to Nashville when he was 25.
Keith went to school with comedian Rusty Berther who formed his first band with his sister Sherry Rich (who now is a songwriter in Nashville) and also Keith called "Obscure alternatives".  (Rusty later formed the comedy duo Scared Weird Little Guys).
Keith hated school and left when he was 15 and began performing around the pub circuit in Brisbane with Rusty and the Ayers Rockettes.  He performed duos regularly with Angie Marquis who he met at a country music club and had romance with for several years and they still remain friends.
Keith Urban wins 2006 CMT Video of the Year Award
April 10: Tonight Keith Urban was awarded the US fan-voted Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards' Video of the Year for Better Life - the second year in a row he has won in this category. The award show was broadcast live on CMT.

Keith closed the show with a performance of Better Life with backup vocals provided by choir members who had been displaced from the Hurricane Katrina disaster area." I've been to New Orleans, and I was struck by a combination of things: How much has been done, and how little has been done," he said. "We wanted to bring some awareness to the cause."
Tune in to GAC starting May 20th at 9:00 PM EST to kick of the ACM Awards with GAC's Video Preview. Join host Nan Kelley for a two-hour ACM Awards Show video preview! Keith was nominated for Entertainer of The Year and Top Male Vocalist. Don't forget to tune in the ACM Awards Live Tuesday May 23rd 8:00 PM EST on CBS!
The Academy of Country Music® announced that music superstar Keith Urban will perform as part of the 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony will be broadcast LIVE Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS.
The Latest New York Gossip is the wedding will be 25th June in Sydney Australia???
Now Country 1 compilation, which is scheduled for release on May 2nd. The album includes some of country music’s biggest stars, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.
Congrats to Keith for his TOP CMT AWARD "Music Video of The Year"

Thanks to all the fans for your votes! "Thank you to everybody at home that voted for this. ... Everybody that couldn’t make it here tonight, I want to dedicate this award to all you guys at home. I wish you were here in this party -- because it is happening."
~ Keith

Keith Urban won video of the year and Carrie Underwood of "American Idol" was the only double winner at the Country Music Television awards show Monday
Keith Urban wins 2006 CMT Video of the Year Award
April 10: Tonight Keith Urban was awarded the US fan-voted Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards' Video of the Year for Better Life - the second year in a row he has won in this category. The award show was broadcast live on CMT.
Keith closed the show with a performance of Better Life with backup vocals provided by choir members who had been displaced from the Hurricane Katrina disaster area." I've been to New Orleans, and I was struck by a combination of things: How much has been done, and how little has been done," he said. "We wanted to bring some awareness to the cause."
Click below to see Video
Keith Urban joins an elite field
Today Keith Urban joined an elite field of nominees in two prestigious categories of the 2006 Academy of Country Music annual awards:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban
TOP MALE VOCALIST: Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban
The award will be presented to winners on May 23 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live on US national TV.
For more information, see this article in The Tennessean newspaper:
Check out Keith's new video "Tonight I Wanna Cry". CMT will debut the video 2/16 in the TOP 20 Countdown and has given the video HOTSHOT rotation. GAC
 will debut the video on Thursday 2/16 after 10pm EST.

Country Weekly wants to know what you think is the best there ever was.
January 19, 2006 (NASHVILLE, TN) - 2006 begins with some very good news for performer Keith Urban: the artist's third album, Be Here, is now triple Platinum, marking sales of over three million albums, according to the RIAA.
For those who haven’t had the chance, and for those that have become part of the experience comes word of Keith Urban’s “Still Alive in ’06,” tour, a 16-city extension of Urban’s sold-out “Alive in ‘05” arena tour set to kick-off on February 1st in Evansville, Indiana..
Tune in to see Keith perform on The 33rd Annual American Music Awards on November 22 2005
Bid on the jeans worn by Keith Urban during his performance at the 39th Annual Country Music Awards and help St. Jude.
Vote for Keith and and win great prizes through GAC!
Make sure to tune in to radio and request Keith's new single "Tonight I Wanna Cry". The newest single from his platinum album BE HERE officially hit radio on 11/21.

According to the Woman's Day Magazine dated November 28th, Keith and Nicole are looking forward to coming home at Christmas to be with both their families and Nicole is wearing a beautiful ring.  hmmm

CMA'S 2005

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards. Urban won the Horizon Award in 2001.
(Hey and don't forget that International artist of the year too)

It seems Australian music lovers are buying more product by local artists
The ARIA Number One Chart Awards differ from the annual ARIA music awards in that they are based solely on retail sales between August 9, 2004, to November 14, 2005.
The ARIA Number One Chart Award tops off a great week for Keith Urban who was voted entertainer of the year and vocalist of the year at America's Country Music Association (CMA) awards in New York.

"You don't understand how much it means to me to be over here in the States and know back home there are people helping get our music out," Urban said.
"I really thank you all for that so much."

We were treated to a live show of Keith's from New York...
It simply was just the most moving concert experience.. For Australians, if what I saw last night was any indication of what Keith's shows are like... We sure are in for the most amazing concert tour when he comes here... Musically it was brilliant, with many of the songs having different arrangements, that were nothing short of sheer brilliance! If you haven't seen it, I think it is archived, do yourself a huge huge favour and check it out!.. it will blow you away!

NEW YORK CITY Multiple CMA Awards nominee and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Keith Urban didnt have to wait until The 39th Annual CMA Awards Tuesday to win an award. Urban was surprised during a reception today at the Australian Consulate General in New York City, with the Association International Artist Achievement Award.

Keith has had an outstanding year and is a tremendous ambassador for Country Music around the globe,said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. He is very deserving of this award and it was a pleasure to present it to him in the company of his countrymen at the Australian consulate.

Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, the award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside North America. Previous winners include Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood.

Urban headlined a 10-show sell-out tour in Australia this year before visiting England, Germany and Ireland for a promotional tour and showcases. He also opened for Bryan Adams on his UK and Ireland tour and recently completed his solo UK tour. He is a Country artist with an international focus and is destined to develop a global fan base.

Urban was honored during a reception for Australian Country Music artists today at the Australian Consulate General. Other artists in attendance included Australian rock legend Billy Thorpe, who presented the award to Urban, Sherrie Austin, Catherine Britt, Brian Cadd and Carrie Underwood.
Music awards make 'Urban' cowboy toast of Caboolture
The Queensland home town of country music singer Keith Urban is today celebrating his award as the Entertainer of the Year at the US Country Music Awards.
Urban also took out the gong for Male Vocalist of the Year for a second year in a row.
The Mayor of Caboolture, just north of Brisbane, Joy Leishman, says Urban is the toast of the town.
"For an Australian from such a small country to take out the top prize in a large country is a huge effort, [it's] great," she said.

"But he has great talent and, as I said, he's quite a humble man and a nice man when you meet him and so obviously lots of skills and talent and all those things pay off."
says Dolly Parton
"I spent several hours with him recording 'The Twelfth of Never' for my new CD," says Dolly Parton about Aussie country rocker Keith Urban, 38. "The longer I was with him, the sexier he got. I couldn't keep my mind on my business." It's no wonder Nicole Kidman is spending so much time with him on his Harley.  
Keith has been named one of People Magazines Sexiest men alive! more!

Keith won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards. Urban won the Horizon Award in 2001.

 Keith's single "Tonight I Wanna Cry".
CMA Awards 2005 - New York
Entertainer of the Year presented by Shania twain & Billy Joel to ...... Keith URBAN !!!!!! and Male Vocalist!!!
Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards. Urban won the Horizon Award in 2001.
All the best Keith and Nicole!! We are very proud of our Two Aussie Stars
From: teena@keithurbanmates.net  November 14, 2005

which means he has been voted by peers around the world as the artist who has done the most this year to raise awareness of country music internationally.

Australians be watching channel nine news tonight, as they were in New York covering the event!
For the mates up north be watching the site for screens shots from it!....

Well done and congratulations to our Keith... I know all the mates out there have to be feeling as proud as myself at this moment!....

Global Market Symposium and Showcase Takes Place Monday with Catherine Britt, Cowboy Crush, Jace Everett, and Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand
CMA Global Focus Includes Presentation of International Country Broadcaster Award to Ray Hadley of Australia

NEW YORK CITY Multiple CMA Awards nominee and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Keith Urban didn't have to wait until The 39th Annual CMA Awards Tuesday to win an award. Urban was surprised during a reception today at the Australian Consulate General in New York City, with the Associations International Artist Achievement Award.

Keith has had an outstanding year and is a tremendous ambassador for Country Music around the globe, said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. He is very deserving of this award and it was a pleasure to present it to him in the company of his countrymen at the Australian consulate.

Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, the award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside North America. Previous winners include Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood.

Urban headlined a 10-show sell-out tour in Australia this year before visiting England, Germany and Ireland for a promotional tour and showcases. He also opened for Bryan Adams on his UK and Ireland tour and recently completed his solo UK tour. He is a Country artist with an international focus and is destined to develop a global fan base.

Urban was honored during a reception for Australian Country Music artists today at the Australian Consulate General. Other artists in attendance included Australian rock legend Billy Thorpe, who presented the award to Urban, Sherrie Austin, Catherine Britt, Brian Cadd and Carrie Underwood.

Britt, along with Cowboy Crush, Jace Everett, and Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand, are taking part in the CMA Global Markets Symposium, Monday as part of a "Country Takes NYC" a week of activities leading up to The 39th Annual CMA Awards, Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The main topic of discussion at this years event will be CMAs continued plan for growing Country Music in a global fashion. Executives from industry advisory groups in Australia, United Kingdom and the U.S., including Jan Cody of CCMA, will be commenting on the status of Country Music in their respective territories.

Country Musics popularity is global and this symposium will reflect that, said Jeff Walker, chairman of the CMA Global Markets Task Force. With a record number of press and international executives scheduled to attend this is certain to be our most lively and informative session yet.

Another Australian was recently recognized for his accomplishments, when Ray Hadley of Australia was presented the International Country Broadcaster Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by radio broadcasters outside North America who have made important contributions to the development of Country Music in their country.

A longtime supporter of Country Music, Hadley is Sydney's No. 1 morning personality on Radio 2GB. He routinely interviews domestic and international Country Music artists in support of new album releases and maintains a higher level of Country on his play list than most other commercial broadcasters in metropolitan Australia.

Country Music is fortunate to have broadcasters like Hadley who deliver our music to their listeners in Australia and around the globe and care so deeply for our artistic community, Benson said.

Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer of the CMA Awards. Paul Miller is the Director and David Wild will script the ceremonies. MJI Programming, a division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, which includes Red Carpet coverage and a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official automotive sponsor of the 2005 CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2005 CMA Awards. Additional promotional sponsors include Prilosec OTCÂ, aolmusic.com, BMG Columbia House, Inc., Chase, Country Weekly, Creme Savers Candy, Crisco, Gibson Guitars, Jack Daniel's, Kellogg's, Kmart(sm), Kodak, Lever 2000 and XM Satellite Radio. Charles Fazzino is the official artist of the 2005 CMA Awards. FilmMagic.com is the Official Photographer of the 2005 CMA Awards.
Keith Urban Mates, Keeping the homefires burning (from Teena)
Drumdee & Keith, Coogee bay SYDNEY AU 1999.
Photo by Suzanne Gallard W.P.H. AU.
Keith Urban "The return of the prodigal son"
Keith Urban's biggest career challenge to date was not winning over North American fans,
but rather winning over the fans in his adopted home country of Australia.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying winning over North America was a walk in the park,
it wasn't. When I first interviewed Keith for CMN in December 1999 at Coogee bay Sydney
He was home to spend some time with friends and family during the holiday season, shooting a video for CMT, and performing a solo concert for his Sydney fan-base and music media.

Keith would have to leave Australia for confirmed work back in the USA, and miss yet another Tamworth Country Music Festival, and the Golden Guitar Awards. "The Holly Grail of Australian Country Music" held each January.

It would be his last trip home for a while. His debut North American solo album was about to be released, his long time Australian manager Greg Shaw was about to hand over his career to American management, his band "The Ranch" disbanded. All Keith had to hang onto were his dreams of some day being a success in the home of country music, NASHVILLE TENNESSEE..

In 1999 Keith was not at the top of the Australian Country charts, nor was he one of
Australia's top Male Country Artists. Keith had to forfeit the idea of winning Golden Guitars
in order to follow his dreams that took him and manager Greg Shaw to Nashville in 1989.

Australians have cause to be a close knit society at times. The following Aussie colloquialisms " BEST MATES, TRUE BLUE, and FAIR DINKUM " are often used to
describe the kinship Aussie's have towards each other.

"The Sunburnt country" offers many a challenge just living from day to day. Each year
there are reports of " wild forest fires, flooding rivers ", or just the opposite, "prolonged drought". Thousands of citizen's sign up to fight all of the above, they also sign up to perform lifeguard duties and patrol the thousands of miles of beaches. "So sticking together is a way of life downunder in order to survive".

A number of Aussie Country Music fans cried out that "Keith had sold out" his adopted homeland to become a "Country Yank ".

There's been a bit of Argo raging in the Aussie Country Music community about their trademark accent, and the decision "to use it, or loose it" when recording. However a reality check will tell you if you want a successful musical career outside of your native land, there is little or no choice but "to loose it". If American English is the excepted International trademark voice of Country Music, then it just makes sense. That's not to say that you can't have a successful career at home and not "Walk The Nashville Walk or Talk The Nashville Talk". "Graeme Connors, Tania Kernaghan, and John Williamson" all have established major careers at home for themselves "while sporting their Aussie brogue".

However a small group of believers that included "Fans, Broadcasters, Aussie Country Music insiders, Stood tall in the saddle" when the naysayers would refer to Keith's departure to America as a sell out.

Recently I was listening to Australia's National Flagship Country Music radio show,
"Saturday Night Country" heard on ABC Radio's The backyard. Host "John Nutting" was taking phone calls from his national listeners in the last hour of the show. John was defending Keith's actions of following his dreams, while at the same time opening the doors for other talented Australian singer-songwriters and musicians to the world markets.

John at times grew tired of the "same ole same ole" from callers about Keith's sell out to America, and his "American singing accent".

" RUBBISH! " absolute RUBBISH ! John would quickly reply.

After all Keith has been a regular guest on Saturday Night Country and he may sound less Aussie when he's singing, but when he opens his mouth to talk, what comes out is "100% Australian twang".

Urban Flashback.
Keith's dreams were based on his musical upbringing and his Fathers Country Music Record Collection of Classic " American Country Stars ".

Names like " Don Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Jim Reeves, and Canadian Hank Snow " were the voices of "Keith's Country music foundation".
Australian Country Music legends like Reg Lindsay, Slim Dusty, Stan Coster Geoff Mack, Cowboy Bob Partell, Smoky Dawson, Tex Morton, and Gordon Parsons, "were not the soundtrack to Keith's dreams ".

Back at Coogee bay 1999.
A few days after I had interviewed Keith, I received a call from Greg Shaw's office with an invite to attend Keith's solo concert being held in a "Small funky club in Balmain, Sydney a peninsula suburb west of the city center".

Keith Urban, three guitars, his songs, Several hundred fans, A sprinkling of Media, a few chairs, while the rest of us were standing, or siting on the floor.

By the end of the first couple of songs Keith was in total control. He had the Audience eating out of his hands. His " One Chord Song " brought laughter to the crowd. While performing "But for the grace of God" a hush over the audience as they held onto ever word as it's story line evolved.

Then! this one man band "shifted gears into overdrive" with an upbeat selection that had some of the audience dancing. His chatter with the audience between songs was charming and down to earth. However the larrikan in Urban would escape every so often and show his
" Mischievous sense of humour."

I realized at that point "this guy had what it takes to be a Star". I chuckled to myself because in my interview his dreams were not about Stardom, They were about being excepted in Nashville, and having a successful career in the music business," while staying true to himself, and his Aussie heritage. "

Back in the USA, the 5 year plan.
To break down the international boundaries and to win over both the "Nashville Music Business Aristocracy", and "North American Country Music fans" it only took five years....give or take Thousands of miles, concert stages, shopping mall stages, festivals, small clubs, solo and band concerts, TV guest appearances, meet and greets with fans. His own recording sessions, making music video's, Co-writing song sessions, playing guitar and singing on other artists recordings. and working as a support act for current day Country Hero's. " None of this American-Idol over night success stuff "

However as they say " The Proof is in the Pavlova". ...sorry, Pudding!
Keith's rewards have been plentiful in the last two years, recently grabbing the " Top Male Vocalist of the year form both the CMA and ACM in America. Six number one
hits on the Billboard chart, the CMT Video of the year" ..Just to name a few.
As I write Keith is now ranked among the "Top Country Male Stars in the world".

The Return back Home March 2005.
In March this year he was finally heading home for his "First Headlining tour".
A thirteen day, ten date tour, from "Townsville to Hobart" that would mark what I have
dubbed " Return of the Prodigal Son tour ". ( Thank you Graeme Connors )

In a pre-tour interview with ABC radio's John Nutting, Keith told John.
"I hope they don't see me as coming back as the American but rather the Aussie guy that they just haven't seen yet."

On Feb 8.th the tour producers announce that Urban's "close-to-sold-out tour" prompted their decision to import Urban's full concert touring stage set up and his favorite Monkey backdrop, rather than the scaled-down version originally agreed upon, this will mean his Aussie fans will see the exact show that Keith's been touring in the North America.

" Days later the whole tour is sold out ". One of the tour partners Announced "It's going to be wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, girls-on-shoulders, entertainment at its best".
It's amazing! Keith Urban has been one of the first artists to sell out his shows this season "

And to top off the tour, on his last night in Australia Keith will be presenting an award at the first ever "MTV Australia Video Music Awards " being held at Sydney's famous Luna Park.

Keith was taking this home coming tour very seriously. Keith said,

"I couldn't be in better shape for his Australian tour - hitting the gym six days a week and taking a trainer on the road with me this time".

"I'm glad I was able to stick it out long enough for this opportunity to come around."

Needless to say the Prodigal Son pulled off a Smashing Success at home. Next stop was back to the USA and then on to Canada where Canadian fans parked their buns is seats at sold out shows. Although at the concert I attended in Ottawa, "most of the time the audience were on their feet".

It had been four years and five months give or take a couple of days since our first meeting. "And oh what a ride for this talented young man all the way to the top". Keith's made his mark in history as "Australia's first Country Artist to capture America's Country Music's Grand Prize ".

But this is only the beginning of a brilliant career, I believe Keith Urban will continue to break and make records. He will twist and turn and cross over to Rock and Pop, and continue to hold on to all of his "True Blue fans, of all of his musical styles".

To date Keith Urban has stood firm to the Golden rule ." It's not Country Music if there is only Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, and Bass on the tracks"

One constant on Urban's tracks are the sounds of "Traditional Country Instruments". Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, and the Steel Guitar. Here in Canada his fans and critics alike have dubbed his style as "Celtic Country Rock" No matter what what it's called it seems to be attracting fans by the thousands.

Edmonton Alberta CMN reporter Bill Borgwardt wrote about the reception Keith got on stage at the Rexall Place April 1st " The Last time I heard such a loud crowd response was when a guy called GARTH played that same vevue a few years ago"

Before the concert when fans were streaming into the Ottawa concert venue I asks some of them what it was that they like about Keith Urban. here are a few of their answers.

The Women replied. "He has great songs, Man O Man he's Sexy, He's a great entertainer"
The Men replied. "This Guy Rocks, He plays Boss Guitar, He's a Country Grunger"
Keith Urban is now a International Champion, and he's still "Fair Dinkum".
And as they say downunder, " Good Onya Keith "

Richard Drumdee Patterson (c)
CMN Australian Country Music Commentator.
Article resources,
Keith Urban.
Capitol Records. EMI Canada.
John Nutting & Shan Goodwin. ABC Radio.
Rosalija Marhin. Associate editor.
Special thanks to, Ken Craig of The House of Blues.
Photo credits,
Coogee bay 1999: Suzanne Gallard.
Ottawa 2005: House of blues production staff.
Your Australian Countrymusic Connection in Canada
Richard Drumdee Patterson 
PO Box 988 Stn B Ottawa ON Canada K1P 5R1
Make sure to tune in to radio and request Keith's new single "Tonight I Wanna Cry". The newest single from his platinum album BE HERE officially hits radio on 11/21.

November 1, 2005 (NASHVILLE, TN) - Keith Urban’s first full-length concert DVD, Livin’ Right Now, has been certified Platinum, according to the RIAA. Platinum certification for long-form DVDs and videos occurs when sales reach 100,000 units.

November 1, 2005 (NASHVILLE, TN) - Keith Urban’s first full-length concert DVD, Livin’ Right Now, has been certified Platinum, according to the RIAA. Platinum certification for long-form DVDs and videos occurs when sales reach 100,000 units.
2005 Aria Winner
Best Country Album
"Be Here" - Keith Urban
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Congratulations Keith! RIAA has certified the Golden Road has now sold 3 million copies!

Keith Urban to guest on Dolly Parton's new CD: Those Were The Days
From the Nashville City Paper (Oct 10): "Dolly Parton continues her run of exceptional tribute and concept works with her latest collection Those Were The Days (Sugarhill), which is being released this week. The astonishing guest list includes Norah Jones, Judy Collins, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Porter Wagoner, Joe Nichols, Kris Kristofferson, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) and Nickel Creek. Parton offers stunning, sometimes unusual interpretations of classic numbers from Bob Dylan, John Lennon, the Byrds, Collins, Kristofferson, and even Tommy James. Country, bluegrass, and folk elements converge through both Parton’s tremendous singing and the interaction she enjoys with the great group of collaborators on what is another marvellous entry in her distinguished catalog, one that she also produced."
DVD release this week
Looks like Keith will not be at the Aria Awards October 23rd.  He has commitments in Europe
The CMAs and ACMs are great, but who are these mysterious "industry voters"
who decide who wins those trophies? Now YOU decide who wins!
Very early cassette tape cover
Music Box Announces Nominees For Awards Program
(Paris, France) - This is the result of the Seven nominees based on around 50 000 votes of the Music Box listeners.. the results of the winners will be at the end of October and the European the Saturday November 18 in The Théater of Poissy.
Categories Male Artist for Music Box Listener
"The 39th
Annual CMA Awards"

Keith Urban has Four Nominations
Brooks & Dunn will Host the 2005 CMA Awards From New York City's ...
Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack Lead Nominees with Six Nominations ...
Toby Keith and Keith Urban Receive Four Nominations; Newcomer Group Sugarland Scores Three Nominations
The awards will be broadcast live from New York City's
Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS
Television Network.
Urban was nominated for Entertainer of the Year (his first nomination in the category); Male
Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for "Be Here" and Music Video of the
Year for "Days Go By."
 He won his first CMA Award in 2001, when he picked up the Horizon Award.
In 2004, he received his first nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year and
won that, too. He can win an additional trophy as co-producer of his album in
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 17, at 12:00 PM/ET, and
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October 11th 2005... Dolly Parton releases her new album, featuring a duet with Keith ( Twelfth of never)
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August 25, 2005 – Multi-platinum artist Keith Urban has captivated audiences around the world with his astonishing live performances and is now set to release his first ever concert DVD Livin’ Right Now on September 27th....
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Congratulations Keith! Keith was nominated for Top Selling Album for the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards that will be handed out September 12 in Calgary.

Keith Urban, who has been playing to sold-out audiences across the United States on his "Alive In '05" tour" is heading to New York City next week for two national television appearances. On Aug. 11th, Keith will sing his new single "Better Life" on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien; then Aug. 12th he'll perform on ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in New York City's Bryant Park, where Keith's set list will include "Days Go By" and his #1 hit "You'll Think Of Me."
Listen for Keith Urban's new single "Better Life" to hit radio!
The rumour is that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are linked romantically.  What a great pair!!
SAN FRANCISCO – July 28, 2005 – There is something about your favorite jeans and your favorite music that always feels right together. Gap recognized this relationship when it first opened in 1969, and jeans and music have continued to go hand and hand as the brand has evolved over the past 35 years.

Gap will feature an exciting new print and television advertising campaign called “Favorites,” which stars a cast of acclaimed musicians including Country Music star Keith Urban, among others. The TV campaign captures each musician performing an original remake of their favorite song while wearing their favorite Gap jeans. more!

Keith Urban is certainly good-looking enough for the movies, and according to Nashville's WSMV-TV, he's about to break into Hollywood in a big way. Executives with Melee Entertainment have confirmed that Keith has been signed to star in a romantic drama that will begin shooting early next year. more

Keith Lands Movie Deal
Melee Entertainment has signed country music singer Keith Urban to star in the company's first feature under a six-pic deal with Paramount Home Entertainment (Daily Variety, Nov. 1) for music-based films.
Melee will co-finance the untitled romantic-drama slated to start shooting early next year with an eye toward a release next summer, timed to the release of Urban's next album and a TV special.
Last year, Melee produced with Screen Gems the music-driven "You Got Served," which starred R&B group B2K.
Date in print: Wed., Jul. 20, 2005, Gotham

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 11, 2005) CRB, Inc. presented its first appreciation certificates on Monday, July 11, 2005. Country artist Keith Urban and songwriter/artist Rodney Crowell were recognized for their collaboration on Urban¹s latest #1 hit, "Making Memories of Us" at ASCAP¹s #1 party for the current single.

CRB, Inc. established the award to be presented to artists and songwriters on behalf of Country radio as an expression of appreciation for music that has helped to grow Country audiences. CRB, Inc. takes time to praise those who have made a difference in their community and profession through their committed effort to improving and educating Country Radio and its supporting industries.

"Country Radio and the Country Radio Broadcasters greatly value the creative efforts of the music community which contribute greatly to radio," Ed Salamon, CRB Executive Director said. "The CRB has established this award as a token of this appreciation of the writers and artists who have contributed music that has been especially successful in touching radio listeners."
McGraw, Urban make a fine pair of rock cowboys

dtianen@journalsentinel.com  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Wisconsin
Posted: July 9, 2005

The Marcus Amphitheater beautification project commonly referred to as Tim McGraw and Keith Urban came to Summerfest on Saturday night.

Of course, more than mere decorative issues may have been at stake here. For quite a few years Tim McGraw has been the alpha male of the Music City herd, but there's a young blond gunslinger who seems to be intent on altering the pecking order.

A couple weeks ago I asked Keith Urban if the prospect of playing head to head with Tim McGraw was likely to bring out the competitive juices in them both.

Nah, Keith said. He doesn't think about stuff like that. He just goes out and gives the best show he can.
Maybe. Maybe not.

This much is certain. Two songs into his opening set, Urban had already jumped down into the Marcus Amphitheater pit. A couple songs later he dropped flat down on his back and ripped through a blistering guitar solo while grinning up at the amphitheater camera man.

At other points he hoisted the microphone stand over his head like a harpoon, laid back on the stage apron and took his own picture with a camera from a fan in the front row.

As he demonstrated again Saturday, Urban is a threat on multiple fronts. He's a first-rate guitarist and a charismatic stage act with a rock 'n' roll rebel heart. He is also an unabashed romantic in a country scene dominated by "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" party animals.

In break-up songs such as "Tonight I Wanna Cry" or "You'll Think of Me," or open-hearted declarations such as "You're My Better Half" or "Making Memories of Us," Urban shows the colors of a rebel who knows exactly the things a lady wants to hear.

"Memories" also shows he has good taste in songwriters. Written by Rodney Crowell, it finds its way into a woman's affections from fresh avenues. There's something almost worshipful in a lyric such as, "I want to honor your mother/ I want to learn from your pa/ I want to steal your attention like a bad outlaw."

Urban had the crowd on its feet the whole way and left it roaring to rockers such as "Jeans On" and U2's "Beautiful Day."

Unfortunately, deadlines interrupted just a few songs into McGraw's set. The crowd was once again on its feet from the get-go, roaring its adulation.

McGraw certainly wins the tight T-shirt scoring. On the other hand, nobody beats Urban in the blond mane department. In terms of energy level, McGraw - at least in the early going - operated several megawatts below the near-combustible levels of Urban.

It will be interesting to see who's ruling the herd a year from now.

Opening the evening was Hot Apple Pie. A new act, it blends country with '60s rock influences in a way that suggests the second coming of the Bellamy Brothers.

Richard Drumdee Patterson back stage in Canada with Keith Urban.
(Photo by House of blues productions Canada.)
Keith Urban meets a fan in Canada.
Presenter: John Nutting,
ABC Show: Saturday Night Country.
In fact the fan is some one who writes a lot about Australian as well as country music from his homeland Canada.
Richard Drumdee Patterson keeps us up to date at Saturday Night Country with the latest country music news from Canada. He went along to the concert on April 9th in Ottawa Canada.
We have had a lot of pictures from Keith's shows there...but now here's a "fan foto" !
If you have any from any other of Keiths shows we would love to see them. Perhaps you were lucky enough to meet Keith and have a picture taken with him.
We would love to hear your story about that.
Also if you haven't already been there, on our previous Keith story you can hear the first part of an interview from some years ago that we recorded. It's a podcast so you can down load it and listen at your leisure.
Keith appeared on the Australian today show...
He was looking fantastic, and spoke of why this event ( Live 8 ) means so much to him!
It really was about awareness ...
Ninemsn have this interview up on their site... its well worth watching....
If this link doesn't work for you...
Go to
then go to the today show... and you will see the link for the clip...

Keith Urban closed out last night’s CMA Music Festival coliseum show with his now patented high energy, guitar fest of a performance.
On Keith's recent visit to Ireland, he did a great performance on the Late show there...
To check out the screen shots.

Aleyce Simmonds backstage with keith urban!
Ryman Theatre, Nashville Tn. 8 June 2005

An invitation to the prestigious Fan Party at the legendary Ryman Theatre for the keith urban Fan Party was quickly accepted by Telstra Road to Tamworth winner, Aleyce Simmonds.
Watching 2,400 avid fans scream and shout with every hair flick of the Aussie superstar was a morning well spent. The invitation to join the star back stage was an unexpected thrill and a photo to prove it well!!!!!!

Keith and his band captured the, already besotted, crowd and worked them into an absolute frenzy. He gave some wonderful opportunities to some lucky fans who got to get on stage with their idol and have a close moment and photo opportunity.

There is little doubt that keith urban is certainly one of our greatest exports and to observe some of his fan base is very exciting.

Mike Carr, who performed along with Aleyce at the CMA Global Artist Party at The Stage on Monday night was another lucky Aussie to meet up with keith.
Aleyce will be playing the Fanfare River Stage, Sunday 12th June with fellow Aussies Catherine Britt and Jedd Hughes.
Aleyce describes her time here in Nashville as “a dream come true”.
The compilation of Be Here, and Golden Road is released in Australia on June 19th
A live performance of Keith's taped in California in Dec will be released here in Australia
the DVD release date in Australia is July 17.

From Teena
Just a little bit of info.....
The 'Songs For My Ute' series has proven to be hugely popular, and the Ute community has embraced this CD Brand and is anticipating this third CD in the series! Volume 3 features 36 great driving classics on 2 CD's and features key artists such as Jet, Bryan Adams, Living End, Shannon Noll, Nickelback and Keith Urban plus songs from classic artists including Rose Tattoo, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Toto, Status Quo and Deep Purple among others.
Keith's song 'DAYS GO BY" features on this cd, and is the 3rd track.
From Teena Fish
I can only speak from a personal view here, on this subject.
Its so hard to express, how it felt from a fan position, to hear that Keith had actually taken out those top honours.

So many many years when Keith has been nominated for awards, we would sit back fingers crossed, eyes closed, saying over and over.. please call out Keith's name please call his name....
Then they would always call someone else name out............. and our mouths would drop, in disbelief that Keith wasn't the winner!...

But did you know that Keith has won an ACM award before?
It actually was Keith's first American award!
Back in 2001, he won for TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST

Well shows good things come to those that wait.
"BE HERE" really is the album of the year!
And Keith Urban is the hottest thing on the planet today.
But I am sure that many of the fans from 5 years back... recall the struggle and fight, to have Keith heard and seen.
Heck even right here in Australia, we fought so hard to have him mentioned in any circle that we could...to see the acceptance at long last, by radio , TV, and print, is what we had dreamed would happened. And sure enough dreams come true.
I recall saying in a newsletter last year, that things were about to start changing and we would be seeing more of Keith, and he would be acknowledge like we never would have dreamt of.... WELL MATES ITS HAPPENING!...

Congratulations Keith!!!
Keith Urban won in two prestigious categories!!
from Bill Aldacushion
May 17 2005: The US Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards show has concluded
in Las Vegas, and Keith Urban won in two prestigious categories:
Album of the Year for "Be Here" and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Gretchen Wilson also scored a surprising double, winning Best New Vocalist and Female
Vocalist of the Year.
Keith was nominated for the top prize, Entertainer of the Year, which was awarded to Kenny Chesney.
Earlier in the three-hour, live TV broadcast Keith performed "Days Go By" remotely from
the UK . He delivered his gracious acceptance speeches for both awards
from Belfast via satellite at about 4AM local time. 
Keith appeared on the telecast LIVE from Ireland, with and amazing performance and humble
acceptance of the ACM's Male Vocalist and Album of the Year!
Keith Urban has done it again. His latest single "Making Memories of Us"
sits on top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, making it the sixth number one of his career.
 It is also the second number one from his current Be Here CD.
Screen shots from Rove performance

Keith Urban "Video Hits" has been certified GOLD for 5,000 units March 2005 by the CRIA.
Chris Goodman, Featurewell.com
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Keith Urban has suffered more put downs, knock backs, shut outs and brush-offs than Rocky Balboa.
When he arrived back in Nashville back in the early 90s, his rocking style was not exactly welcome. But he clung on even as his Nashville dream turned into a nightmare in a haze of alcohol and cocaine.
Urban's new album Be Here is about living in the moment and enjoying what you have. Urban learned the hard way.
At the age of 37, he has finally made it into the country big time and now threatens to cross over to a mass audience thanks to his melodic, Bryan Adams style rock. "Without sounding too corny, I never thought of it as chasing a dream as much as destiny," he decides in a voice so relaxed it is hard to imagine him doing too much chasing, "If you're chasing a dream, you can just wear out after a while.
"But if you're pursuing a destiny you can just go with the flow."
Urban is slumped in an armchair in the Berkeley Hotel in London, a strong cup of coffee warding off some jet lag.
With his straightened blond hair, fashionable printed t-shirt and faded jeans, he looks like a younger man and feels like one too. He used to think he would never make it to thirty. Now, 7 years on from the landmark, he says he still feels in a precarious position.
An Australian, born in New Zealand, young Keith grew up in Brisbane until he was ten when his father moved the family to an outback farm. Keith took to life in Caboolture, which echoed his musical tastes, pouring over his father's Don Williams, Glen Campbell and Charley Pride records.
"It was just meant to be," he nods, "Since I was 7 years old, I looked at the back of my Dad's records and saw they were all recorded in Nashville, so that's where I wanted to go.
"My earliest music memory was seeing Johnny Cash in concert when I was 7. It was in this old 5000 seater, wooden hall. I remember the spotlight coming over the top of our heads to the stage, the whole electricity of that place was amazing. There was this one guy playing acoustic guitar in the spotlight and five thousand people were dead quiet. "It had quite an impact on me."
Seven-year-olds want to be everything from pop stars to astronauts to train drivers, ambitions change weekly and most leave behind their childhood fancies with their short trousers But Urban has dedicated his life, not just to music, but to making music in Nashville.
"I imagined this magical place with big cars, all this interesting stuff that we didn't have. It's a typical small town situation, you want something bigger and better. "My parents moved from New Zealand to Australia for a better life. I moved to Nashville for a better career."
Urban began playing in pubs and clubs when he was 12 and left school as soon as was legally possible at 15. He played in a touring family band, a country group that also played Clash tunes. "I learnt more there in the first year than I did in three years of high school," he attests, "about people and life, how to take care of myself."
In 1990, Urban had a Number 1 country album in Australia but his heart was already in Nashville. He even renounced his record contract with EMI Australia and started taking trips to Nashville, a week or two at time, returning to Oz when his visa ran out and earning enough from solo gigs to return to Music City.
"It's sad when you have that intense focus, you sacrifice everything," says Urban, flicking his hair out of his face uncomfortably. "I didn't want any ties to Australia, I wanted to commit and go with no coming back, so that I had to make it work."
In 1992, Urban moved to Nashville permanently and began a long, painful cycle of disappointment. A long-haired Aussie with a band that rocked too hard for an industry going through a roots revival was not exactly what the powers-that-be were searching for.
Urban is a guitar hero, an axe-man when he wants to be. He was not Alan Jackson. Garth Brooks changed attitudes with his Kiss-goes-country style shows, but any light was invisible at the end of a very long tunnel for Urban.
"Ignorance is bliss," he shrugs, "And I had no idea what I was doing, it was totally suicidal. But I had a real deep-seated belief in what I had to offer, it's more than an ego thinking˜I'm great.'
"I knew I could contribute but people would offer me all sorts and behind my back they just found my quest laughable it was awful, I'd be crying driving down to the studio some days, just crying, thinking ˜I hate this, I don't want to sit in this room with some guy I've never met before and try and write a song. That's really awkward."
In 1997, he and his band The Ranch released an album which, he giggles, "sold about 6 copies!"
Already five years since moving to the U.S., he would have to be made of granite to remain unaffected. Urban confesses that he succumbed to addictions to alcohol and cocaine: "It was the frustration, not being able to get in my car and drive home to center myself. I was in this surreal world full of nobody I trusted and getting hit on the head constantly. You're thinking ˜this is the best I can do and it's not working, what more can I do?'
"It was a cheap escape - well it wasn't cheap - but it was just a pathetic escape mechanism. I couldn't leave so I left by being somewhere else in my head."
He adds: "It wasn't the greatest career move, it distracted me from music. But when your entire life is centred on this one goal, are you really going let the drugs take it away from you?"
To get "re-focussed," Urban left the band. "I knew I could make it, but the band couldn't," he says. "The demos I was doing sounded a lot more like country radio than anything the band were doing."
Urban held himself accountable and relaxed, took himself less seriously and became Mr. Positive. The turnaround in his fortunes naturally followed.
Signed to Capitol he released Keith Urban in 1999, Golden Road in 2002 and now Be Here, all in his own rocking country style. The Nashville pendulum swung to his music and now country radio is crying out for him.
He has four Number 1's and eight Top 5 hits to his name and he is coveting the mainstream chart.
"I get nervous sometimes now because I'm not as driven as I used to be," he admits, "when success finally came, I was thinking, ˜I'm almost over this.'  "It just happens that when things started going my way I lost some of my drive. Success is easier."
Austin City Limits
The show The New York Times calls 'the standard bearer for music on
television" - Austin City Limits - continues exploring
new musical territories with diverse artists including Keith Urban.

As a Web master for one of the band's fan sites, we hope you can include
information about this rare television appearance on your site. The
Keith Urban episode, which also features Rodney Crowell, is scheduled to air
nationally July 9 on PBS  (please check local listings).

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Australian Artists at Nashville Fan Fair 2005
May 5: The program schedule details have just been released for the 2005 CMA Music Festival (a.k.a. Fan Fair) to be held in Nashville the week of June 6, and Australian artists are well represented.

The week’s events start Monday evening with the CMA Global Artist Showcase - a free concert event featuring performances from a variety of international country music artists at The Stage On Broadway in downtown Nashville with Mike Carr (Australia), Adam Gregory (Canada), Justin McGurk (Ireland), Charlie Nagatani (Japan), Aleyce Simmonds (Australia) and Rachel Warwick (UK).

Jamie O’Neal is amongst the first set of performers on the secondary Riverfront Park Stages on Thursday morning. Keith Urban appears on the main football stadium stage that evening.

The Riverfront Park Stages will also be the site of the Wide World of Country Show on Sunday with Paul Brandt (Canada), Catherine Britt (Australia), Jedd Hughes (Australia), Justin McGurk (Ireland), Aleyce Simmonds (Australia) and The Wilkinsons (Canada). Hosted by GAC's Kylie Harris (New Zealand).

To see the full line-up of the week’s activities along with artist photos from previous Fan Fairs, visit http://www.countrymusictravel.com/www/id16.html

Video of the Year 2005
for "Days Gone By." Quoting from his acceptance
speech: ""Thank you, first of all, to everybody who voted. I really,
really appreciate this award more than you know. ... I just really
enjoyed making this video."
 EMI in Australia will be releasing the live DVD that Keith taped in December in the USA. in early June.
The Scene London Ontairo Canada KEITH URBAN Feature

Country music superstar has travelled a long road
story by Richard Moule

It's the voice that catches you off guard. Country music superstar Keith Urban may have a smooth singing voice, but in conversation, he retains his distinctive Australian accent. With his chiseled features and windswept blonde hair, it would be easy to mistake Urban as a California surfer or the rebellious son of a Texas farmer, but he was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. That's right, one of the biggest names in country music is an Aussie. This is why Urban chuckles that his accent sometimes throws people off.

'Every now and then I still get that at meet-and-greets, mostly from kids who haven't heard me speak, having only seen me in videos or heard me on record. When they hear me speaking they freak out,' he laughs back stage before a show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 'That was another of the things about moving to Nashville. I'd been playing country music in talent shows, since I was seven years old, so it was so natural for me to sing one way and speak in a different way, but I can understand how much of a shock it was to everybody else.'

Not that it matters now. With his latest album, Be Here (EMI Music), Urban is hotter than the Australian outback in the middle of the summer. It's his most personal statement yet, with Urban co-producing and co-writing most of the songs. The album title seems to work on two different levels: one about living and enjoying life in the moment and on a more philosophical level, it seems to be about just being grateful to be here at this time and place.

'It's just about being present in everything, from what you get out of life to being in conversation with somebody. Sometimes you're talking to somebody and you realize that they are miles away. And you're like, 'Be here. I'm trying to share something with you!' I'm very much in the middle of my life and I seem to have spent a lot of my time on the perimeter of it and not really being fully cognizant of everything that was happening and enjoying it. When you start to worry about what is happening in your life you're not really in the middle of your life, you're on the perimeter. I feel really good about being at the center of it as I have ever been in my life.'

On Be Here, Urban tackles some of the big questions of life, from its good times (You're My Better Half, Making Memories of Us and God's Been Good To Me) to its darker moments (Tonight I Wanna Cry, The Hard Way and Nobody Drinks Alone). If there is a common thread that runs through the record it is perseverance.

'If there is a theme I think it is life, about its ups and downs, the joys, the sorrows, the sense of freedom. Even the freedom we don't have yet, but the freedom we would like to have. One of the great human traits is the optimism that comes from the spirit, from the sense that we are worth more than this. We strive for it, work hard for it, and rise above it. You can't live your life in a peaceful bubble without experiencing the realities of life. Without getting too deep, we're all just spiritual beings having a human experience and it can be tough. It can be a challenge.'

Urban knows what facing challenges head on is all about, but he has also been blessed with extraordinary talent and determination. Even at an early age, Urban dreamed of the bright lights of Nashville. Upon arriving from New Zealand, Urban's family settled in the northern Australian city of Brisbane. At six he picked up the guitar, captivated by his dad's country music collection that included artists like Don Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton. By eight, he was winning local talent contests. When he was 10, his family moved to a farming community north of Brisbane called Caboolture, buying a 12-acre farm. By 15 he quit school and hit the road, playing mostly for cover bands in Aussie rock pubs in the big cities. It was there that he developed his hybrid country/rock style.

'It was everything. Ronnie Milsap was big in the '80s and I was doing Stranger In My House and then covering some Aussie pub rock bands. John Mellencamp. Creedence Clearwater Revival. Steve Miller Band. Just mixing it all up. I look back and realize that all those songs in those cover bands were helping me to formulate my style.

'As the years have gone on I've started to look back at Bernie Taupin as a fantastic lyricist,' explains Urban, who covers the Elton John/Bernie Taupin classic Country Comfort on Be Here. ' I like a lot of lyricists who seem to write almost as stream of consciousness, too. I think a lot of times John Lennon wrote like that without getting cerebrally poetic.'

In terms of guitarists, two musicians stand out for Urban: Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsay Buckingham. Why those two and not traditional country pickers like Merle Travis or Chet Atkins?

'Melody. I think that's it in a single word, especially with Knopfler. His sense of melody is absolutely beautiful. And you can hear the influence of Chet and Clapton as well,' analyzes Urban. 'And with Lindsay, it's the same thing. I can't pick anybody's influence in his playing. He sounds so original.'

Like Vince Gill, Urban is that rare musician who is a triple threat as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. It was with these tools that Urban thought he would win over Nashville when he moved there in 1992, after recording a solo album in his homeland in 1990 that yielded four number one country hits.

But there were a few rough years until his trio, The Ranch, began to generate some buzz. Then, his 2000 self-titled album (with its three Top 5 hits, including the number one smash But For The Grace of God) proved to be the breakthrough he was looking for. A year later, Urban won the Country Music Association's prestigious Horizon Award and the Top New Male Vocalist Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Then came 2002's Golden Road and the rest is history.

When asked whether he is Down Under's greatest musical export now, his modesty is self-evident.
'Oh, I'm very fortunate to be doing what I'm doing. Again, I just had a crazy singular focus of what I wanted to do and that was live in Nashville, make records and tour. It wasn't any more specific than that. It wasn't how many records, how many songs, or how high in the charts. And awards, they never entered into it. I just had this vague overall plan. It just started coming together. Every day I look around and say, 'God, this is amazing.''
Keith Urban lyrics
The Mates of Keith Urban who were lucky to have their photo taken with Keith (middle back)
Country boy ... Keith knows how to rock the house.
HE might have popped back Down Under for a quick visit, but Australian country music sensation Keith Urban won't be getting back to his roots anytime soon.
However, he hopes one-day to divide his time between his homeland and the Nashville circuit.
"Long-term, I'd love to split my time between the (United States) and Australia," said Urban, who completed the Sydney leg of the tour tonight, before moving on to Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.
"I'm hoping that I'll be able to come back and tour a lot more too."
After 10 years in Nashville, Urban said it was still "a very hard town" to live in, but admitted he'd also had a lot of fun there.
Despite his latest album, Be Here Now, hitting the top five of the Australian country music chart, and being named Male Vocalist of the Year at last year's US Country Music Awards, the singer has his feet firmly planted on the ground.
In fact Urban, who got his big break when he won the Star Maker contest at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, says he doesn't even consider himself a country star.
"I've been fortunate to sell a lot of records and have great success in the (United) States but I don't go around thinking about it," he said.
ChartCountry 2004
Cactus Awards Winners
5th January 2005
Single of the Year : Live Like You Were Dying
Male Artist of the Year : Toby Keith
Female Artist of the Year : Reba McEntire
Group or Duo of the Year :  Brooks and Dunn
Canadian Artist of the Year : Shania Twain
Australian Artist of the Year :  Keith Urban
Album of the Year
: Shock'n Y'all - Toby Keith
Email Voting Award :  Keith Urban
Concert Recently in Phoenix
One concert recently in Phoenix ,Keith did a couple of songs with Charlie Pride, and Glenn Campbell, who were in the audience.
Back here in Oz, the country is singing the praises of our boy from Oz..
and his Grammy nominations, its been so heart warming to see Keith getting recognition in the press here. AND HE DESERVES IT!

Even Tommy Emmanuel , heaped praise on Keith to his audience at a recent concert he held. Keith had once said about Tommys guitar playing," that some people are touched by the hands of God, Tommy is the hands of God, the way he plays guitar"!
I found it so heart warming to hear that Tommy gave Keith alot of praise for his hard work and achievements.
"I am truly humbled by all that I have experienced this year, and for these Grammy nominations, I am grateful for the gifts I have been given, first by God, and also by you, the amazing fans and supporters who give me the greatest gift of all - letting me share this love of music with so many people." Keith Urban
Congratulations Keith! Keith has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance (You'll Think Of Me) and Best Country Album for his hit album Be Here.

Singer songwriter SAM HAWKSLEY had been awarded the opening spot on Keith's February Australian Tour. With over 20 artists submitting for the tour, Urban's huge increase in profile in both Australia and the USA and a sell out tour, it was one of the most hotly contested opening spots of the summer. I'd been told that Keith had heard and liked my CD "On Any Other Day" and I think it will be great to share the stage with him and play to his audience said Sam. His debut album "On Any Other Day" through Village Roadshow was released in June 2003 to critical acclaim. He is currently completing a new album which will now be released to coincide with the tour. For more information visit www.samhawksley.com
Keith just won Male Vocalist of the year on the CMAs.!  Wow!
HE WON!!!!
HE WON!!!!!!!
Keith Urban
"I can't believe that. Thank you so much. Oh my Lord. I thought I was just rounding out the category. I'm so dumbfounded. I don't know what to say. Thank you to God for music, and I'm so glad my mom and dad are here tonight. It's amazing. ...
Thank you." -- Keith Urban
Keith is donating his 357Custom Chopper motorcycle valued at $78,000 to raise money for meningitis awareness and research .  It will be auctioned on ebay.
Keith has won an award at the French Country Music Association!
MEILLEUR ARTISTE / GROUPE        Doc Fargo           Alan Jackson
MEILLEUR CHANTEUR              Jackson Mackay     Alan Jackson
MEILLEURE CHANTEUSE              Matis                    Alison Krauss
MEILLEUR ESPOIR                             Tahiana                   Josh Turner
MEILLEUR DUO Vicky Layne + Linda Jacob           Brooks & Dunn
MEILLEURE CHANSON "I already do" Linda Jacob & the Roadriders 
"Remember When " Alan Jackson
MEILLEUR ALBUM " Be true " Vicky Layne  " Mud on the Tires " Brad Paisley
MEILLEURE PERFORMANCE LIVE          Texas Sidestep         Shania Twain
MEILLEUR MUSICIEN   Ange Amadei ( harmonica )         Keith Urban ( guitare )
MEILLEURE FORMATION BLUEGRASS         Turquoise            Alison Krauss
MEILLEURE VIDEO "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Alan Jackson
Canada's COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS paper Oct 2004 Vol 25 # 7
Page 11: Features album reviews for ADAM HARVEY, JEDD HUGHES,
More on Keith Click below

Keith Urban, the most successful Australian male artist in the world today has crashed into the USA Pop Chart (Billboard 200) with a huge #3 debut and the ARIA Chart at # 11 with his third solo album “BE HERE”.
The first single released from the album “DAYS GO BY” has seen Urban score his 8th consecutive top 5 US hit, breaking “Air Supply’s” record for an Aussie artist on the US charts. The song currently sits at #1 for the 4th consecutive week, chalking up his 5th #1 chart topper in the USA. “Days Go By” has also been added to play lists across Australia including the cutting edge Nova FM network.

On the eve of his USA and Canadian headlining tour kicking off on the 8th October, Promoters Allied Artists and Michael Chugg Entertainment today confirmed Urban would be bringing his HOT US tour show to Australia in February 2005 with stops in Townsville, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart.
His huge Aussie fan base has been hanging out for news of the long rumoured tour. With a live show that has had all the critics raving these fans will be queuing for tickets to see their favourite live artists perform.
“The guy is simply a world-class performer and a superstar on stage” said Allied Artist’s Rob Potts.
“If you haven’t seen a Keith Urban concert, prepare to become an instant lifelong fan!” added Michael Chugg.
Tickets for his Australian Tour go on sale on the internet from October 11th and at all ticket outlets October 15th.
In a summer full of International concert tours, Keith Urban’s – Be Here 05 Tour is THE ONE NOT to miss. Be There for BE HERE.
ARIA Top 20 Country Albums 27/9/2004
1 - NEW 1 BE HERE - Keith Urban  CAP/EMI
2 1 17 1 WAYWARD ANGEL - Kasey Chambers <P>2 CAP/EMI 5713982
3 - NEW 3 LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING - Tim McGraw SONY 5187792000
4 2 7 2 GET LOUD - Adam Brand CB/SMA 017CDCB
5 3 109 1 HOME - Dixie Chicks <P>2 MMT/SMA 5093542000
6 4 13 2 HERE FOR THE PARTY - Gretchen Wilson EPI/SONY 5174312000
7 8 43 1 TOP OF THE WORLD LIVE TOUR - Dixie Chicks <G> COL/SONY 5137932000
8 5 150 1 BARRICADES & BRICKWALLS - Kasey Chambers <P>7 CAP/EMI 5353322
9 11 67 1 THE VERY BEST OF SLIM DUSTY - Slim Dusty <P> EMI 5842352
10 6 246 1 WIDE OPEN SPACES - Dixie Chicks <P> SONY 489842.2
11 9 112 1 ELECTRIC RODEO - Lee Kernaghan <P> ABC/UMA 12432
12 13 63 2 BEAUTIFUL CIRCLE - Sara Storer <G> UMA 12522
13 7 245 1 THE CAPTAIN - Kasey Chambers <P>3 CAP/EMI 5203552
14 15 56 3 GREATEST HITS VOLUME II - Alan Jackson ARI/BMG 82876530972
15 17 30 1 COLUMBIA LANE - THE LAST SESSIONS - Slim Dusty <G> CAP/EMI 5772902
16 12 3 12 THE VERY BEST OF DWIGHT YOAKAM - Dwight Yoakam WARNER 8122789642
17 10 4 9 IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC - NASHVILLE - Various RCA/BMG 82876625792
18 18 5 14 GREATEST HITS - Terri Clark MER/UMA 9861651
19 14 4 14 HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR - Big And Rich WARNER 9362485202
20 - NEW 20 MACCA BY REQUEST VOLUME 2 - Ian McNamara UMA 13122
Keith Urban's feature profile
(By Angela Pulvirenti)

It didn't happen to Keith Urban overnight but it did happen. After more than a decade of struggling with the prejudices of Nashville, his chemical demons and a few odd styling choices; Keith Urban is now a multi platinum artist in the US, a fully fledged sex symbol and one of the most respected musicians in the world. I's no wonder he wants to BE HERE.

I think where I'm at right now is just recognizing the importance of being in the moment in every situation, because you can so easily live in the past, say's Urban as we sit face to face during the soundcheck of his July gig in Great Falls Montana. There's just a real importance to me about living in the moment because life is now..

The sentiment is expertly captured by "Days Go BY", the first single off Urban's third US release, (Be Here). A rollicking country rock hit, the song is Urban's fifth consecutive single to reach #1 and the 8th single to reach the top five; making Urban the first Australian artist to ever achieve such a feat in the US market. It's a promising start to the life of an album destined to transition Urban from a household name in the country states of the US, to a household name, the country over.

But Urban is determined to play down the fervour surrounding his career. When I ask him how big a star he is in America, he responds as if I have just asked him whether or not he has ever contracted a sexually transmitted disease. You're asking me, he says blushing, I can't really answer that.

Urban's 1999 debut solo album in the US sold over 700 000 copies and produced a string of top ten hits, including his first number one.  "But For The Grace of God".   It also earned him American Country Music's highest honor - the Horizon Award for best new talent; (previously bestowed on Garth Brooks and The Dixie Chicks). Towards the end of his ground breaking year, Urban dashed home for the 2002 Arias looking like a countrified David Bowie; shorter blonde hair, earrings and a pin striped suit of drain piped trousers and three quarter length jacket. After being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Aria by the iconic Slim Dusty he urged 1 .3 million television viewers, to please turn off the television this Saturday night and go and see some live music. . If that didn't get his peers barracking for him, his gracious harmonies on Kasey Chambers's performance of "Not Pretty Enough" must have surely sealed the deal. Keith Urban had finally been recognized by his home country and was well and truly on the radar of the world's biggest country market. But it wasn't until the release of 2002's Golden Road that Urban's star shot into the higher stratosphere.

The first single "Somebody Like You" spent 6 consecutive weeks at #1. The video for the song featured a bronzed, long haired Urban looking more comfortable than he ever has dressed simply in a t shirt and jeans, and holding either a guitar or "Nikki Taylor“ in his arms. While the two became a couple for almost 12 months, they split in mid 2003.   Urban responds to the topic of romance by politely informing me that one of the difficult things about this job is" trying to keep your private life private".  Pressing on, I ask the 36 year old singer whether his demanding schedule permits enough time for dating.   It doesn't actually, he says with friendly caution,  I'm working on changing that.  Like Golden Road, Be Here is peppered with the kind of songs that make you wish you were in love; (or with any luck - celebrate the fact that you are).
The second single, You're My Better Half, was co written by Keith and John Shanks, who has also worked with Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch and Stevie Nicks. Like Somebody Like You, the pair's most recent descendant, My Better Half is a contagious, uplifting track destined for radio success. It's a bit confusing actually because there's also a song on the album called Better Life, says Urban referring to his equally hook-laden collaboration with Richard Marx. Is this a sign that things in his life are simply better all around? I guess it must be, he says cautiously as if afraid to jinx himself..

Keith Urban is no stranger to regret or humility. While he has previously talked openly about his battles with drugs and alcohol, today he appears more interested in focusing on moving into his future with a newfound sense of sobriety and spirituality. The beauty of things like meditation is that it helps you focus on the moment. If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed it trains you to stop and go. ˜OK, what's really the problem here, can I fix it or do I move on.

Urban also credits the process of collaborating on songs that capture deeper emotional sentiments with helping him get a grip on his dependencies. On "Be Here," it is tracks like "Nobody Drinks Alone", and "Tonight I want to Cry" which give Urban the opportunity to wear his heart on his sleeve and revel in the mistakes of the past. There are all kinds of stuff we can lose ourselves in to avoid dealing with our problems. Whether it's getting into bad relationships or gambling too much, or watching too much TV, he says straight forwardly. The whole creative process is great because you get a different take on a very personal subject; even though the stuff that comes out, especially subconsciously, can be a little alarming.

With a new hit album under his belt, a headlining US tour commencing in October and an Australian tour scheduled for February, Keith Urban is certainly living a better life than those humbling first years in Nashville. It's funny because I didn't really have a plan from the start. I thought I'd just play and tour and eventually get a chance to make a record, he says. Urban has no bitterness that it took much longer than expected.  I honestly believe if it had happened any earlier I would have screwed it up somehow.

In fact the only facet missing from Keith's "Better Life"  picture is larger Australian audiences to play to. It's while watching Urban rock 6000 Americans to their feet in a relatively remote part of the Mid West that one begins to share his frustration.  Unfortunately it's a catch 22 situation for me in Australia because we haven't gone and built up the audience in Australia and there isn't the widespread radio or video outlets unless you have a huge cross over hit like Shania Twain. Until that time comes, Urban has a clear course of action. I know what I have to do and that's rise above the frustration, get back in the trenches and work. It's the Aussie way to just get in there and work.
Canadian release
To purchase the Canadian release of this single, you can purchase it from
Capitol Music Canada website.
price: $3.50 CDN
1. Days Go By
2. You're Not Alone Tonight
Two old ChartCountry foes went head to head this week, with Keith Urban out scoring Blake Shelton in the end by close to two hundred votes.   A week long battle for first place, saw a win for Keith Urban's "Golden Road".
Jedd Hughes (Australian) was thrilled that Keith Urban and Keith’s mum were
surprise guests along with Patty Loveless at his show at BB Kings one Wednesday night in

from cmaa
AS THE countdown begins to Keith Urban's Australian promotional visit, his latest single, Days Go By, has risen to number three on the Billboard Country Singles & Tracks chart and today he was announced as a nominee for America's top country male vocalist honour.

The nomination is for Male Vocalist of the Year at the CMA (Country Music Association, America) Awards to be announced in November (see full story below), and Keith is vying for the title against Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait.

A huge achievement by any artist, but an even greater achievement for Keith as he now holds the record for any Australian artist to have eight consecutive top five singles in the USA.

The new top five single has now been distributed to Australian radio and Keith will be in Australia for a promotional tour to co-incide with the retail release of the single (September 6) and his new album, Be Here, on September 20.

Be Here album is expected to be one of the strongest Australian album releases of 2004.

ChartCountry.com 2003 Cactus Awards
ChartCountry annual awards have been dominated this year by Keith Urban. With two singles finishing the year in the top five, Keith's efforts have been rewarded by picking up four out of the eight cactus awards on offer.  
­  Christie Eliezer, TheMusic.com  

NO, THERE weren't any managers, journos or roadies listed in this year's Business Review Weekly's Top 50 earners. Even concert promoters dropped out. But Delta Goodrem, Jet and Keith Urban joined as their 2003 incomes heated up.

The list, headed by Nicole Kidman with $25 million, was followed by John Farnham at number two with $24 million (re that farewell tour that never ended) and AC/DC at number three with $20 million (not bad since they were slumbering at home).

They were followed by Bjorn Again (at number seven, $8.6 million), Delta Goodrem (11, $6.8 million), Kylie Minogue (12, $6 million), Silverchair (18, $4.8 million), Christian rock band the Newsboys (22, $3.8 million), Keith Urban (25, $3.2 million), Jet (32, $2.2 million) and Powderfinger (34, $2.2 million).

Andrew Ryan (Who just came back from the States) with Keith

Longtime CMT.com contributing writer and former Billboard country music editor Edward Morris spoke recently with Aussie country star Keith Urban...

The day after his No. 1 party for Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me, Keith Urban met with reporters in a conference room at Capitol Records in Nashville to talk about his career.

Dressed in jeans and a vintage corduroy jacket, he spoke of his holiday and touring plans, songwriting, his next album and the house in Nashville he just bought.

What he wouldn't talk much about was the screening he'd just attended of the controversial new Mel Gibson movie, The Passion. Gibson himself had brought the movie to Nashville to show to an audience of carefully selected show-biz folks. Ricky Skaggs had invited him. The price of seeing the movie, he explained, was signing a form agreeing not to discuss its contents with the uninvited.

He said he was going to spend Christmas on the beach in Australia with his parents and recalled that his most memorable Christmas gift was a yellow Tonka truck he got when he was 6. "Those things last forever," he marvelled.

In January, he said, he'll be shooting the video for his new single, You'll Think Of Me, which deals with the pain of breaking up. "I've been the guy in that song," he said.

In February, he'll begin recording his next album, again working with producer Dann Huff. Explaining his approach to recording, he said, "I always go for inspired attempt over soulless perfection." He's already started writing songs for the album and has lately co-written with John Shanks, Darrell Brown and Deana Carter.

His song with Carter is called Comin' Home. "I don't know if it will make the record," he mused, "but it's definitely a contender." He said he found it almost impossible to write when he's on the road. Urban will team with Kenny Chesney again for a series of concerts in March and April.

After 11 years in Nashville, Urban has finally bought a house, the first he's ever owned. In choosing his home, he said he asked himself, "Can I write songs here? Can I make music here?" He plans to build a studio in the house, which he describes as spacious, well illuminated by natural light and, best of all, sparsely furnished. "That [the studio] will come before anything gets furnished," he promised.

KEITH URBAN has been named Favourite New Artist by readers of the United States based Country Weekly while Alan Jackson dominated the major categories of Favourite Entertainer, Favourite Male Artist, and Favourite Collaborative Song for It's Five O'clock Somewhere with Jimmy Buffett.

Fans across America and beyond cast their votes for the 2003 Country Weekly Fan Favourite Awards, voting Toby Keith as winner of Favorite Album for Unleashed, and Favourite Video for Beer For My Horses with Willie Nelson. Fans also gave top honours for the second consecutive year to Martina McBride as Favourite Female Artist, Alabama ­ Favourite Group, and Brooks & Dunn ­ Favourite Duo while Darryl Worley won Favourite Song with Have You Forgotten?

Country Weekly editors honoured country music veteran Dolly Parton with the esteemed Career Achievement Award. This award recognises a living country music artist whose professional recording career has spanned at least 15 years, and whose songs and performances have made a lasting contribution to the tradition and heritage of country music.

"Dolly has made an indelible mark on our culture as a dazzling performer, magnificent songwriter, versatile actor, astute businesswoman and exemplary citizen," said Country Weekly Editorial Director Neil Pond. "And, no matter what hat she wears, or what role she plays, she's never anything less than 100-percent Dolly. We're honoured to present her with this award to recognise the depth and reach of her influence."

More than 65,000 country music fans cast votes for their favourite artists and songs in the Country Weekly Fan Favorite Awards this year, sponsored by Ford Built Tough and Nestles Baby Ruth. Nomination voting started in June, followed by a Top 20 semi final round, and then the Top 5 Final Round. Fans voted through official mail-in ballots provided inside designated issues of Country Weekly, and online at countryweekly.com.

Country Weekly is the number one selling country music magazine with an unsurpassed presence in 94,000 checkout counters across the nation and a readership of more than 3.6 million. Country Weekly debuted April 12, 1994, and is published by American Media, Inc.

Photos Courtesy of Teena Fish


Urbane, cowboy - on the golden road
By Sophie Best
October 19, 2003

One day when he was a youngster, Keith Urban and his brother Shane were sitting by the roadside in their sleepy hometown of Caboolture, Queensland, waiting for the school bus. Keith asked Shane, who was two years older and just starting high school, what he wanted to do with his life.
"I want to get married and have children," replied Shane. "Own my own house, and have a good job."
Keith pondered this for a moment, then said, "Yeah, but what do you wanna do?"
"No, that's it", said Shane. "That's what I want. That’s a life."
Keith just shook his head at his brother’s simple dreams. His own dreams, even then, were grandiose. He wanted world travel, fame and fortune, the adoration of millions.
Thirty years on, both Urban boys have seen their dreams come true. "Shane lives in Murwillumbah now, with his wife and two children", says Urban, "and he is absolutely as content as I’ve ever seen anybody."
And Shane’s little brother? Well, he's a country music star. He lives in Nashville now — not that he has a home as such, since he's always on the road. His latest album, Golden Road, has gone platinum in the US and sold more than one million copies. It’s also the hot favourite to win the Best Country Album award in his homeland when the ARIA Awards, at which he will perform, are announced on Tuesday night. His new single has just gone straight to number five on the US Billboard Country charts, and to number one in Canada, seemingly fulfilling its title Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me?
There was a time, however, when even Keith Urban didn't want to be Keith Urban. "The gift of music", he says, "comes at a price."

The price Urban paid for his rise to the top of the highly competitive commercial country music market in the US included cocaine addiction, a broken engagement, and spiritual burnout.
"I think insecurity fuelled most of it", he says. "It's just absolute paranoia of putting your heart on your sleeve, and then critiquing yourself so much that you don't end up creating anything.  So you just wanna silence that inner critic any way possible, even if just momentarily. Shut that thing down."
Even as his star was rising in Nashville, Urban was plagued by self doubt. "I realised that I could kill myself, recognising that I'll never reach the icon status of a Willie Nelson," he says.
His insecurities were fuelled by the fakeness he encountered in the music business, "People saying they really believed in you and supported you, and then finding out later that they were laughing hysterically at you for thinking you could succeed there (in Nashville)".
Yet some kind of native determination — Urban calls it his "Aussie primal passion" — drove him on. "I always felt like, 'However long you're going to put me through this test, I'll ride it out'. And then I slowly started to get back to who I was."
When asked what drives him, Urban replies: "Dissatisfaction. Feeling like … like a fraud."
Even now, after all his successes? "Oh yeah, definitely. Especially in the midst of such a materially driven medium — the facade, the persona, the presentation."

Ah, the presentation. Urban has been aggressively marketed by the Nashville machine as a rugged Aussie rock’n’roll larrikin sex symbol. He shrugs when asked if the sexy marketing sits comfortably with him.
"No, I don't know how it would sit comfortably on anybody — that's kind of narcissistic," he says. "But the reality is you play any card you've got. If you wanna turn people on to what you do, then you do what you can, within reason, to get their attention."

His hectic schedule of appearances and concerts means Urban sleeps on his tour bus, which makes a relationship or home life near impossible. "I would love to be married," he avows. "I would love to have children, and I think I'd be a good husband and a good father. But you have to make sacrifices in a relationship, and I feel that one would suffer — my relationship or my career."

The demands of his career keep loneliness at bay, for the most part. "When you're touring, it's wonderful", he says, "because you're always on the move. But anybody that's single recognises that the hard part is when the work’s over — Sundays, Christmas holidays, New Year’s Eve — when everybody goes home. That's when you go, 'Oh, that's right. This is my home, out here in the middle of nowhere'."

Urban leans back and allows himself a little sigh. "It's what we're torn between, isn't it? Bitching and moaning and complaining about this life. And yet," a smile spreads across his face, "not wanting to give it up for anybody, or anything."

The three K's  Kevin Bennett, Keith Urban and Kevin Welch


Helen and Keith

Photos from Keith's Fan Party

at the Fan Fair



Poor Keith Urban. He's being deluged by adoring female fans at Fan Fair.

Keith played a multi artist show Tuesday night at the Ryman, and dozens of women were screaming out marriage proposals.

Apr 24 2003
With a solid musical career already under his belt, Keith Urban says he would love to star on the big screen one day. The Australia native cut his performance teeth in the theatre as a child, which proved to be the catalyst for his journey toward music.

Urban says that while music is his true passion and will always take top billing, acting is an obvious extension of his performing talents. "I would love to do some film work. I was actually in a theater group when I was a kid for about three years and we did quite a few stage productions, which was really my starting board for learning to perform on stage, so I'd love to do some of that down the track. I wouldn't want it to interfere with my music. It would always be a secondary thing for me, but I think it would be a natural progression. I also think that you can take a lot from it to bring back to the stage when you're performing. I think there's a real correlation between the two, and that's why so many actors become musicians and vice versa."

Urban says the paths of music and acting crossed in Nashville not too long ago where the singer met Oscar-winning actor and musician Russell Crowe. Crowe wanted to meet Urban because he had seen him perform many times in Australia more than 10 years ago. "Actually, I met him in Nashville and someone came up to me and said, 'Russell wants to come up and meet you,' and I thought they were kidding, and it turned out--Australia's a small country, you suddenly realize--it turned out that he'd been to see me play quite a few times back in the mid-'80s, so he knew who I was, and I'd definitely heard of him"
Keith Urban has been performing the Glen Campbell classic "Galveston" on his show.   Urban says he's doing the song about a soldier who dreams of coming home as a tribute to American and Australian troops in Iraq.   He wrote down the lyrics for a friend recently and it brought him to tears. 

Keith after six weeks 2003

(Keith Urban returned to the road this weekend after six weeks of doctor-ordered voice rest, which he says was caused by a polyp he had on one of his vocal cords for years.

The vocal break was not much of a problem for Urban until he was met with the surprisingly quick success of his chart-topping hit, "Somebody Like You." According to Urban, the song took off so fast that he found himself doing more than he had prepared for, including constant interviews and performances. That, coupled with not enough sleep, led to a vocal cord haemorrhage, which occurred before a show the singer was scheduled to play earlier this year.

"I found myself doing maybe two or three times the amount of work that we had planned on doing in a very short space of time, and I think it really took its toll on me," Urban said. "I wasn't necessarily taking the best care of myself at the time either. I wasn't sleeping very much, and just working too much, basically, so my right vocal cord haemorrhaged just before a gig in January."

Urban struggled through the show, but was faced with the inability to speak the following day. Unfortunately for the singer, he was headed to New York City that day for some important television appearances, which got cancelled after Urban's visit to the renowned Vanderbilt Voice Clinic in Nashville. Urban was intent on a quick fix for the problem until doctors at the clinic told him to go home and rest his voice for several weeks.

"I got through the gig, but the next day was barely able to speak, and that week we were supposed to go to New York to do a bunch of television, and I went over to Vanderbilt thinkin' they'd give me a little shot and I'd be on my way," Urban said. "I literally was going from there to the airport--that was my plan--and they said, 'No, you're not going anywhere.' It really upset me 'cause I had these tremendous television shows in New York to do."

Urban's current single, "Raining On Sunday," continues to climb the country singles charts.

from CMAA Website  2003
AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY star Keith Urban features on the soundtrack to the movie How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days.The first single from Keith's latest album Golden Road ­ Somebody Like You ­ has been remixed for the soundtrack and is to be released to radio in America.How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days is scheduled to open in America this Friday (February 7) in more than 3,000 cinemas. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaghey star while acclaimed Hollywood producer Linda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, One Fine Day, Hope Floats).
Keith Urban and girlfriend Niki Taylor spend Christmas with Keith's parents and a quick visit to Sydney
Golden Road has  gone gold in Australia! This marks the third country ,Golden Road has reached gold certification. Others include the US and Canada. So, he has gone gold in the U.S., Canada and Australia!
Keith Urban kicks off 2003 with the news that his album "Golden Road" has been certified Gold in Australia.
This is his first Australian Gold album and is a great beginning to what promises to be the year Keith emulates his amazing U.S success here in his homeland.  
The album's first single "Somebody Like You" was an Australian, U.S. and Canadian #1 single, and the followup "Raining On Sunday" looks set to follow suite. It has just been released to radio here, and already in the U.S it has rocketed to #28 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart and to #24 on the R&R chart.
"Raining On Sunday" will be released to retail in mid-February as a special single release. In what is a great value package, the single will also feature "Somebody Like You", the video for "Somebody Like You" and a previously unreleased track "The Lucky Ones".
The Gold album is a fantastic achievement for the multi-talented performer, who has been taking the U.S and Canada by storm in the past 18 months. Keith has major touring commitments in the U.S. for most of this year, but it is hoped we will see him back in Australia before mid-year.
Meanwhile, Keith is nominated for three Golden Guitar Awards to be announced in Tamworth on January 25 - Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year.
  New Video
The new video has been released in America of Keith's latest single, raining on Sunday...
This video would definitely have to be Keith's very best to date.... although the song is about rain.. THIS THING IS HOT!!!!!....
he looks so fantastic.. the video is romantic, and also shows Keith at his very best!...
check it out...
Music Max 17th December 2003
From Teena
Started with "somebody like you" film clip, but had the overlay song, of sunburned country playing loud.
next scene: Keith and Olivia sitting close together in the sound recording studio.
( Keith was looking down at the ground as Olivia spoke, looking very humble)
When I was looking for partners for this studio album Im doing, called 2, Keith came to mind Cause he is very talented, and it was a great opportunity to sing, and he was kind enough to say he would!  ..... !!NUMBER 1 THAT HE IS.!
(Keith gives a cute grin and looks up)
Ohh mate!! you can't say no to livvy, you have to do it, she is the best!
(Keith reaches his arm around her neck and pulls her closes to hug her)
When this album came about, of course I thought country! we want a country singer on here, So I thought keith would be great! I found his number, so I called him, and he said "he's love too" and I was realy thrilled, because he is a big star now, and I thought maybe he wouldn't be able to, or wanted too... or something??
So he happened to be coming to L.A. a week after I called him. So I said "why don't we get together and try and write something?"
So he came to my house, we tossed about idea's and he happened to be reading this book at the time. SUNBURNED COUNTRY!!!!, I had read the book, well half of it, and we were laughing about the funny things that came out of being Australian were- THE IDIOSYNCRASY!!!, of being an Aussie, when you read the book you just crack up!!
(scene shows Keith and Livvy in recording studio singing the song and the band...NOT KEITH'S NORMAL BAND! the song was recorded at the Soul Kitchen Nashville)
Well first of all we were trying to think what we should sing together, because , "I dunno what do you do in a duet? you know?..... So we both talked about the fact we live away from Australia now, But we both have this real love for Australia.
And the fact that I have this great feeling when talking to Livvy, because she has the accent!!! You hear the accent and you just light up!
We wanted to write about the things we love about Australia. And I think for me at least, the things I have come to love even more, being away!
We looked at it as our mother, we looked at Australia like our mum!!!!
Then the song took on a different type of meaning. I think your home country does that to you. You know she raises you a certain way. And you go off into the world, I felt like I left home when I left Australia. I went out into world ya know, and hopefully  Australia raised me right, I think she did!! IM VERY PROUD!!!!
(they played the rest of the song sunburned country, while playing it, they showed snippets of keith and olivia in the studio, and keith smiling and laughing, and goofing around. eating chips or something from a packet)
Then it moved onto Olivia hugging all the people that appeared on her (2) album while the song played.... mainly at the part where the songs says, " I LOVE ALL THE PEOPLE"
song finishes with Olivia walking with the scene of the harbour bridge and banksia trees in the background... then the credits rolled!..
My personal high light was seeing our home grown boy KEITH URBAN, perform, and present the Horizon award.
Our poor Keith has been over working himself lately with all the shows and radio events, He was actually unable to perform at the CMA awards due to major throat problem, his voice was extremely raspy and horse... But how could the CMA awards not play the number 1 country hit in America for the past 4 weeks... ? So Keith lip synced the song.. and did a fantastic job at it!   He still came across with his full raunchy style.. wowing the audience!

The introduction that Vince Gill had given him, was filled with admiration, with him saying he admires any man that can perform, sing, play guitar, and write his own songs!... Keith really did blow everyone away with his performance and song, of "somebody like you"

I bet your wondering who accompanied him to the awards?... His wonderful mum ( Marienne) she looked a real picture too... stunning in fact!  I could only imagine her pride she must have felt, in watching her boy, being held in esteem, amongst the greatest Country stars in America!
Keith was on 60 minutes this weekend Nov 10th  2003
Success stories, don't come much better than this
A boy from the Australian bush, saves a few bob. Packs his guitar, and sets out for Nashville. Hoping to crack America's massive country music market. For a decade he meets nothing but rejection, and personal demons. but he never gives up! then flat broke and strung out, he's discovered and becomes the hoteest country singer in all America!  SOUNDS FAR FETCHED? NOT IF YOUR KEITH URBAN!
The circle in the somebody 
like you video
The circle in the somebody like you video is out in Arizona...in Topanga Canyon...and the circle is actually a place where people go as sort of a "spiritual finding" place...kinda like a shrine of spirituality...sort of....keith said it's where a lot of people go for spiritual healing....so that's what that means 

Keith's Max it Out concert on Oct. 19 2002 raised $60,000 to bring awareness to the disease Bacterial Meningitis. Keith became involved when two year old Max Royka, the son of Keith's personal trainer, who contracted Bacterial Meningitis at 6 weeks old, Keith and Max's parents, Matt and Jill Royka came together to raise awareness about this life threatening illness and to give back to the community. Helping out at the concert held in a barn on a farm just outside of Nashville were special guests Troy Gentry of Montgomery-Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Shannon Lawson, Richard Marx, James Otto, Monty Powell, Victoria Shaw, The Beu Sisters and Anna Wilson.

Olivia Newton John and Keith
From Teena Fish
Olivia Newton John is releasing a new album on the 4th November 2002.. entitled two it is an album that has all duo's on it.. most of them done with many Australian artists.. even Artists that have passed.. like Peter Allen and Johnny O'Keith..
But there is one track that I am most excited about.. KEITH URBAN has recorded a duet with livvy.. entitled sunburned country. Maybe he will perform this at the drought relief concert
Keith's album "Golden Road" today debuted on the U.S. Billboard Album chart at #11 - one of the highest debut entries ever for an Australian artist.
The album also debuted at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Country Chart, behind Elvis Presley and The Dixie Chicks. 
The single "Somebody Like You" holds at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart for the second week in a row and at #1 on the influential R & R chart for the third week in a row.  "Somebody Like You" has now crossed over to the mainstream Billboard Hot 100 chart and is at #26.
In Canada "Somebody Like You" holds at #1 for the fifth week in a row on the Canadian Singles Chart. The album debuted at #20 on the Canadian Album Chart (there is no separate country chart).
In Australia, "Golden Road" debuted at #38 on the ARIA mainstream chart - a fantastic result - and at #2 on the ARIA Country chart (behind Kasey Chambers).
In the U.S. last night Keith did a stunning performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and critical acclaim for the album is overwhelming.  It was also announced yesterday that Keith will perform on American country music's night of nights, the CMA Awards on November 6, as well as presenting the award he won last year, The Horizon Award.
To give an indication of just how much Keith's success is exploding in the U.S., more than 750 fans lineup  to meet Keith at an instore signing in Indiana on the weekend. This is happening in every city he plays.
After nine long years in Nashville, Keith's achievements are richly deserved and undoubtedly indicate that he is on his way to being one of the biggest country music stars in the world. 
We are working hard to bring Keith back to Australia early/mid next year. 
Teena co-founder of The Keith Urban Fan Club
Passion Doesn't Come With A Volume Control"-Keith Urban
At long last the track listing of keiths new album, " GOLDEN ROAD "
they are as followed.
1. Somebody Like You
2. Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me
3. Whenever I Run
4. What About Me
5. You'll Think of Me 
6. Blue Jeans
7. You Look Good in My Shirt
8. You're Not Alone Tonight
9. You Won
10. Song For Dad
11. Rainin' On Sunday
12. You're Not My God
I have seen keith preform 4 of these songs, on American TV
Somebody like you
Your not alone tonight
Who wouldn't want to be me
Your not my God.
All of them are FANASTIC SONGS!!!....if they are any indication as to what the rest of the album is like... Then keith has another Gold record coming his way!...
Teena /Scarlet


2002 -Keith  recently heard his hit
"Your Everything" when he passed a wedding chapel in Pigeon Forge, TN.   
Urban rounded up a guitar and played the song in person for
the surprised newlyweds.
    They say that life's about being in the right place at the right time,
don't they.

Aussie keith urban took out the prestigious Horizon Award at country music's night of nights, the 35th Annual CMA awards in Nashville
keith is the first Australian male and only the second Australian ever to win a CMA award, Olivia Newton-John having won the Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974. The Horizon Award recognises the best new talent in country music.  He also performed his current single "Where The Blacktop Ends".   Keith received a rapturous reception from the star-studded crowd which included his extremely proud Mum, Marienne, Rod Laing  from West Tamworth Leagues Club and a thrilled Rob Potts from @llied who had also witnessed keith's ACM win earlier in the year.   This 'Horizon' Award caps off an incredible year for the Brisbane boy, who has lived in Nashville for the past eight years.  His debut solo album "keith urban" has produced three consecutive Top Five U.S. singles, including the #1 hit "But For The Grace Of God" and is well passed Gold Status, having sold in excess of 700,000 copies.   
Last month Keith made a whirlwind two-day trip back to Australia to accept the ARIA Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognised his international success.   Amongst his other achievements this year are the American Academy of Country Music Award (ACM) for Best New Male Vocalist in May, a Grammy nomination, an American Music Award nomination, and his first Australian Mo Award in July for the Australian Showbusiness Ambassador of the Year.  
Keith recently completed a huge three month tour with Brooks & Dunne, and is now at home in Nashville beginning writing for his next album. The Horizon Award signals his arrival as a major country music star.

Boys will be boys.
    Brooks and Dunn (well Brooks actually) like to travel with a six foot
tall cigar store indian named "Chief Ten Beers".    The 200 pound wooden
statue stood backstage and entertained the troops during the just-concluded
Brooks & Dunn Neon Circus and Wild West Show.   At least until a problem
developed.   Problem:  the statue was stolen in Toronto, Canada.
    In the Young Country world, you gotta have some roadshow (makes for great
press releases), so Brooks suspected Keith Urban and his band of the
    When a search of Urban's bus turned up no Tonto in Toronto, Brooks became
concerned that a real heist had taken place.   He launched an all-out effort
to find the statue.   A report was filed with Toronto police.
    The mystery took a strange twist when the tour hit New Jersey and Brooks
found a picture of Chief Ten Beers standing in an open field.
    Spin forward to August 5th in Pittsburgh and the last stop on the tour.  
Brooks and Dunn were onstage doing a set when they noticed Urban.  The
super-picker was dressed in their guitarist's clothes and jammin' with the
band.   That broke the duo up, and while they were laughing, Urban's band ran
onstage carrying Chief Ten Beers.
    All's well that end's well.

(from Teena Fish)
Keith was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia, and after conquering his homeland the singer/songwriter knew the time was right and made the 1992 move to Nashville. Keith, then put together a little 3-piece (band) called "The Ranch" which landed a record deal with Capitol and produced one album giving him his first taste of American success. The short stint with the band ended in a breakup and Urban set his sights on a promising solo career. 

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