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Keith Urban: New Zealand Country

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Keith Lionel Urban was born in Whangarei, an island to the north of New Zealand on October 26th, 1967. He is a country music singer. He past his early ages in New Zealand and then moved to Australia and when he was only 7 years old he was already thinking of coming to Nashville, TN to start his career as country music singer. When Urban was 6 years old he started to play the guitar and by his 8 years he began to win talent contests.

By the age of 12, Urban started to play with a band in local bars and clubs. When he was 15 years old he decided to quit from the school and go to Australia. While in Australia (1990) he signed a contract with EMI and recorded his first solo disc which was released in 1991 under the name “Keith Urban”. Four singles of this record reached the first places in the Australian charts.

Urban moved to Nashville in 1992 where he started to play with a group called “The Ranch”. With this group he released an album self titled. Then he left the group to look for a personal opportunity and in the 2000 year he launched his self titled debut in the US. This record received three top five hits and Urban achieved the prize as Top New Male Vocalist of the Academy of Country.

By 2002 he launched his second disc entitled “Golden Road” which has the song “Somebody like You” which was 8 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts. In 2004 he released two discs, one of them named “Be Here” which was nominated at the Grammy Awards in the category of best country album and also was nominated for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The last year he launched another disc called “Days Go By”.

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