Urban released his debut American solo album in 1999. The self titled album went platinum in the United Stated and produced the number one hit, “But For The Grace of God.”
In 2002, Urban released “Golden Road.” This album spent 108 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country album charts peaking at number two.
Urban’s next two albums, “Be Here” (2004) and “Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing” (2006), both reached multi-platinum status and number one on the country music charts.
“Defying Gravity,” Urban’s sixth studio album, is set to be released on March 31st, 2009. Then in May, Urban will launch his “Escape Together World Tour” in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Several acts have been scheduled to open for Urban on his upcoming 58-city tour, most notably Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland and Glen Campbell.
Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand and moved to Caboolture, Queensland, Australia when he was very young. He was introduced to American country music by his father.
Urban released a solo album in Australia in 1991. This country music album was very successful and charted four number one singles on the Australian charts.
The next year, Urban moved to Nashville, Tennessee and became a sought-after session musician. He recorded with country music dignitaries like Charlie Daniels, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks, and Brooks and Dunn.
In addition to his prowess on the acoustic and electric guitars, Urban can also play the ganjo (a banjo with a guitar neck), bass guitar, mandolin, piano, and bouzoui (a Greek mandolin).
In 1997, Urban formed the country band, The Ranch. The trio released one highly acclaimed album but disbanded the next year so Urban could pursue a solo career.
In his personal life, Urban is married to actress Nicole Kidman. The couple had their first child together in 2008.