In September 2013, Keith Urban released his seventh studio album, the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year nominee, “Fuse.” His fourth No. 1 album marked the first time that a male country artist has debuted atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. “Fuse’s” first single, “Little Bit of Everything,” took the top spot on the Country Singles chart, as did “We Were Us,” featuring Miranda Lambert, giving Urban a streak of five consecutive No. 1 songs (dating back to 2011’s “Without You”). In fact, with the release of “Fuse’s” fourth single, “Somewhere In My Car,” Urban extends his lead as the artist with the most consecutive Top 10 songs on Country Airplay, a streak which started in August of 2000.
In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.
He was the first country artist to be named an AMERICAN IDOL judge, and is a four-time Grammy Award winner who also has won a People’s Choice Award, an American Music Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He’s won 11 Academy of Country Music Awards and has had 16 No. 1 songs and five consecutive Platinum or multi-Platinum albums. In 2012, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
His reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded Urban the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Eric Church and countless others. He performed on “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles” and on both nights of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival.
Urban has long supported numerous charities. He is an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and a longtime supporter of the Grammy Foundation. In 2013, he introduced his new URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, proceeds of which benefited both the Grammy Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund. The offering resulted in the largest guitar debut ever for the entertainment/lifestyle retailer, selling out in a matter of hours. In 2014, his second offering for the URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN broke that record. His annual “All For The Hall” benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© has raised nearly $2.5 million.