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Keith Urban Net Worth

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Keith Urban net worth:
$75 Million

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Keith Urban information

Birth date: October 26, 1967
Birth place: Whangarei, New Zealand
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Profession:Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Composer, Actor
Nationality:Australia
Spouse:Nicole Kidman (m. 2006)
Children:Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban

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It’s been promised the overall amount of Keith City net worth now attains 45 million bucks. He’s usually understood as a result of his function in country-music. In addition, he’s additionally guitarist and songwriter together with a judge on a television programme of songs competitions, which are also significant sources of Keith City net worth.

Keith Urban Net Worth $45 Million

His first record was launched in 1991. He moved to the United States after this in 1992. In the USA, Keith began working as a session guitarist, and began a group which he named “The Ranch”. One studio album was launched with the group with Capitol Records. 2 of their singles reached the Billboard country charts. With Money, Keith arrived on the scene with his first solo in 1999. It became qualified platinum. “Somebody Like You” from his 2nd album Golden Street was likewise a massive success. He even obtained a Grammy for the record “You’ll Feel of Me”, which was his first important award. The fourth single out of this record topped the Billboard graph. The # three position was reached by three of his other songs also. They were from Keith’s third record. It was Urban’s best selling record. It fetched 4* MultiPlatinum certification.

A part of his estimated riches comes from home in a NSW and Tn. Urban released record ‘Golden Road’, ‘Be here and adore’, and reach single, ‘Somebody Like You’. It sent his graphical record on a fresh high which gained him both fame and riches. In 2005, Keith performed for towns at Europe and had amassed fortune and celebrity. Furthermore, Keith additionally backed up Bryan Adams on his British, and Irish excursions. Single, Onceinalifetime reach #1 7, a document for greatest-debuting nation tune in the Billborard’s Region hits. Golden Guitar awards have additionally being bagged by Keith City.

He came to be in Nz, but when he was two years-old, his family moved to Australia. There, his vocation as a recording artist started. In 1991, Keith City released a debut record and released a number of hits in Australia until he eventually moved to the Usa, where his vocation as a recording artist quickened. He was employed as a session guitarist and also was an associate of the group called “The Ranch”, that has been signed to Capitol Records. The group released two singles, which landed in the Billboard Country-Music Charts and introduced one studio album.

The next year, he moved to the Usa where he began working as a session guitarist and shaped a group that he named “The Ranch”. The launch of their first and just self-titled record under Capitol Records led to 2 of their singles attaining the Billboard country charts. Again with Money, Keith arrived on the scene with his first solo in 1999 with the record Keith Urban. It was accredited platinum gold, and was adopted with eighth more studio albums as well as received a Grammy for the one titled “You’ll Believe of Me”. While the number one position has been reached by fourteen of the charted, fifteen of his singles have produced it to the nation charts. Besides his profitable musical profession, he’s also hit the news together with his high profile union to the Australian actress Nicole Kidman. The few got married in 2006 and they got two girls together.

In 1999, he launched his debut record in the Usa, that has been called “Keith Urban”. The record premiered under the exact same label as the one introduced before in Australia, Capitol Records. The revenue of the record additionally raised the total approximation of Keith City net worth. The record was certified platinum in the Usa, also. The record also contained a solitary, which attained high standings in country-music charts, that has been called “But for the Grace of God”.

In 2002, his 2nd record premiered, that was entitled “Golden Road”. The record contained a solitary called “Somebody Like You”, that was acknowledged as the most productive state reach throughout the decade of 2000-2010. The fourth single in the record was called “You’ll Feel of Me” and it got him his first Grammy-Award.

Keith and his own wife Nicole Kidman have a condo in Manhattan worth around $10-million and it includes a auto lift. The house contains of a three-bedroom 3,248 square-feet penthouse, with views of the Hudson. Keith has a mixture of traditional cars including, a 1956 Lincoln Mark and also a pickup truck. The few also possesses property in Tn and Australia. Keith supports a quantity including ‘Charities Musicians’ for’ Justice and Peace’, ‘Grammy Foundation’ Habitat For Humanity, Stay Earth along with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York Town. In addition, he helps Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Audio for Reduction, Red Cross, Stand-Up To Cancer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

In 2004, he launched his third record in the Usa, that has been called “Be Here”. In the record, there were contained three singles, which attained the best of country-music charts and also became the greatest selling record of the recording artist, so the revenue of it raised Keith City net worth the greatest from his all records. Over time, he’s come out with nine studio albums. Fifteen of his singles have highlighted in the country graphs, outside of which fourteen have attained the # 1 standing. Keith is a very gifted individual who will also perform the sitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, drums, bouzouki and bass guitar.

In 2006, another record of Keith City was introduced, including his second solitary for which he got another Grammy-Award, the solitary being called “Stupid Boy”. One yr afterwards, compilation of his tunes was launched called “Greatest Hits: 18 Kids”. The record was also nicely sold and raised the most successful tunes of Keith City.

Keith and Nicole fulfilled for the very first time in January 2005 in La, Ca at an awards dinner held by the Australian authorities as a homage to distinguished Australians. After dating each other for sometime, the few married in June 2 5, 2006 at the “Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel” in North Sydney, with virtually 230 friends attending the nuptials. Ornamented with white carnations, freesias and gardenias, the chapel appeared a best website for the nuptials of the star couple. The star couple got two girls “Sunday Rose” and “Faith Margaret” from their union relationship. Keith and Nicole went for his or her honeymoon to the “St. Regis Resort” in Bora Bora. Nicole Kidman shouted after hearing Keith’s voice for the first time after throat operation in November 2011 where a tumour that was worrying him was taken out. Keith had to be silent for about 21 days during recuperation.

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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The VoiceTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Nashville2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles2014TV Special performer: "Don't Let Me Down"
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV Special performer: "Cop Car" / producer: "Cop Car"
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Act of Valor2012performer: "For You" / writer: "For You"
The Marty Stuart ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Top 20 Country Countdown2011TV Series performer - 4 episodes
CMT Insider2006-2011TV Series performer - 4 episodes
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV Special performer: "Jolene"
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs2011TV Movie performer: "Sweet Thing" / writer: "Sweet Thing"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief2010TV Movie performer: "Lean On Me"
Best of CMT Music Awards2009TV Special performer: "Better Life"
American IdolTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
CMT Hot 20 CountdownTV Series performer - 8 episodes, 2007 - 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2008
20 to 1TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards2007TV Special performer: "Everybody"
Saturday Night Live2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Medium2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Race to the Red Carpet: 2006 Country Music Awards2006TV Special performer: "Better Life", "Tonight I Want to Cry"
HeroesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
JerichoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton2006TV Movie documentary performer: "Jolene"
2005 Radio Music Awards2005TV Special performer: "Better Life"
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days2003"Somebody Like You" / performer: "Somebody Like You"
Slap Her, She's French!2002performer: "Walkin' the Country" / writer: "Walkin' the Country"
Kill the Man1999performer: "Lost In Love" / writer: "Kill The Man"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Idiot Is Me2009Short composer: additional music / composer: theme music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rabbit Hole2010very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Country: Portraits of an American Sound2015Documentary completedHimself
Behind the Confessions: The Life, the Music and the Revival of Radney Foster2009Documentary post-production
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - American Idol
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
2015 CMT Music Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Performer
Red Nose Day2015TV SpecialHimself
American Idol2008-2015TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Performer / Himself
50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Conan2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007-2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
CMT Artists of the Year 20142014TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
2014 CMT Music Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Teens Wanna Know2014TV Series documentaryGuest
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
2014 Billboard Music Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Special Appearance
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHimself
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me2014DocumentaryHimself - Musician
John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly2014Documentary
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles2014TV SpecialHimself
Fox and Friends2014TV SeriesHimself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Performer (uncredited)
Good Day L.A.2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Front and Center2014TV SeriesHimself
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 20132013Himself
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night One2013TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The View2004-2013TV SeriesHimself
2013 CMT Music Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2001-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - At the Grammys
The Oscars Red Carpet Live2013TV MovieHimself - Interviewee
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (uncredited)
The 2012 American Country Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock2012TV MovieHimself
The Voice2012TV SeriesHimself - Coach
Today2004-2012TV SeriesHimself
Inside Music Row2012TV SeriesHimself
Headline Country2008-2012TV SeriesHimself
CMT Insider2005-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Correspondent
47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
CMA Country Christmas2011TV MovieHimself
The 45th Annual CMA Awards2011TV Special
Dolly Parton Tour TV2011TV Series documentaryHimself
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock2011TV MovieHimself - Performer
Crook & Chase2011TV SeriesHimself
The Marty Stuart Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
2011 CMT Music Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Performer
MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young2011TV MovieHimself - Singer
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert2011TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 7PM Project2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
La noche de los Oscar2011TV MovieHimself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs2011TV MovieHimself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2011TV SeriesHimself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
CMA Red Carpet Show Live2011TV MovieHimself
CMT Hot 20 Countdown2010TV SeriesHimself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2010TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual CMA Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Performer
CMA Music Fest 20102010TV MovieHimself
CMT Crossroads2005-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Performer
2010 CMT Music Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Video of the Year / Winner: Male Video of the Year 'Til Summer Comes Around'
ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn -- The Last Rodeo2010TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief2010TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert2009TV Special documentary
2009 American Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 43rd Annual Country Music Association Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
CMT Star: Nashville Mansions2009TV SpecialHimself
2009 CMT Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
2009 CMT Music Awards Live Red Carpet Special2009TV SpecialHimself
The Book Lady2009DocumentaryHimself
44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2009TV Special
Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal2009TV MovieHimself
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
CMT 100 Greatest Videos2008TV MovieHimself
42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Keith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour2008VideoHimself
CMT Star: Escapes2008TV MovieHimself
CMT Star: Filthy Rich Countdown2008TV MovieHimself
Fashion Rocks2008TV MovieHimself
NFL Kickoff 20082008TV MovieHimself
43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2008TV Special
Academy of Country Music Awards Red Carpet Show2008TV SpecialHimself
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Live Earth2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
2007 CMT Music Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Performer
eTalk Daily2007TV SeriesHimself
Canada A.M.2007TV SeriesHimself
Keith Urban: Inside These Walls2007VideoHimself
Saturday Night Live2007TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Wetten, dass..?2007TV SeriesHimself
One on One2007TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2006TV Series documentaryHimself
CMT Giants2006TV SeriesHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 40 Days That Shaped Country Music2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The CMT Music Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Sexiest Men2006TV SpecialHimself
CMT: Greatest Men 20052005TV MovieHimself
2005 Radio Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer
2005 American Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer
39th Annual Country Music Association Awards2005TV SpecialPerformer
The 19th Annual ARIA Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
GMTV2005TV SeriesHimself
Keith Urban: Livin' Right Now2005Video shortHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself
CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party2005TV MovieHimself
Live 82005TV Special documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The CMT Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 2004 Billboard Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Keith Urban: The Road to Be Here2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning Australia2004TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2004TV SeriesHimself
Academy of Country Music Pre-Show2004TV MovieHimself
The 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Pre-Party2004TV SpecialHimself
CMT Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Here Spring Break Special2004TV SpecialPerformer
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual Grammy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Austin City Limits2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Barely Famous2004TV SeriesHimself
2003 Radio Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The 17th Annual ARIA Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Micallef Tonight2003TV SeriesHimself
CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Pre-Party2003TV SpecialHimself
AOL Sessions2002TV SeriesHimself / performer
The 2002 Billboard Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Pre-Party2002TV SpecialHimself
The 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The 28th Annual American Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2015TV SeriesHimself
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Australian Story2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Voice Coach
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The Voice2013TV SeriesHimself - Coach
CMT Insider2006-2012TV SeriesHimself
Top 20 Country Countdown2011TV SeriesHimself
Best of CMT Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
CMT Hot 20 Countdown2007-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Performer
Top 50 Videos of 20082008TV MovieHimself
20 to 12007TV Series documentaryHimself
Headline Country2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Race to the Red Carpet: 2006 Country Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
CMT Crossroads2006TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country Vocal Performance - MaleFor the song "Stupid Boy."

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country Duo/Group PerformanceEric Church
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country Solo PerformanceFor the song "Cop Car."
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country Duo/Group PerformanceTim McGraw, Taylor Swift
2013Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureAct of Valor (2012)Monty Powell
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest SongAct of Valor (2012)Monty Powell
2011People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Country Artist
2010GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Long Form Music VideoKeith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour (2008)Christopher Hicky, Blake Morrison
2010GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country AlbumFor the album "Defying Gravity."
2009GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country Collaboration with VocalsTrisha Yearwood
2005GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country AlbumFor the album "Be Here."

TitleSalary
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)$5,000,000 (2013)

#Fact
1Diagnosed with a slipped disc [August 26, 2008].
2Has two daughters, with wife Nicole Kidman, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, born on July 7, 2008 and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born December 28, 2010 (via a surrogate) in Nashville, Tennessee.
3Keith purchased a farm in Leipers Fork on September 27, 2007.
4Uncle of Antonia Kidman's children Lucia, Hamish and James.
5Hugh Jackman sang "Tenterfield Saddler", a favorite of Urbans's and Neil Finn sang "Fall At Your Feet" and Baz Luhrmann read a love Psalm by New Zealand writer Joy Cowley at Keith's wedding to Nicole Kidman.
6Antonia Kidman was one of the bridesmaids at his wedding to Nicole Kidman.
7Checked himself into a rehabilitation treatment center of alcohol abuse [October 19, 2006].
8Sang his hit song "Making Memories of Us" to his wife at their wedding reception.
9At his wedding to Nicole Kidman, his brother, Shane Urban, was his best man. Marlon Holden was his groomsman.
10At his bachelor party, when asked by the Australian press about his feelings on his upcoming nuptials to Nicole Kidman the next morning, he replied "I'm ready!".
11Ammong the guests at his wedding to Nicole Kidman were Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann and Naomi Watts.
12His wedding ceremony lasted 35 minutes
13Stepfather of Nicole Kidman's children: Isabella Cruise and Connor Cruise.
14Married Nicole Kidman in the St. Patrick's church in Manly, a suburb of Sydney
15230 guests attended his wedding to Nicole Kidman. Among them were Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Baz Luhrmann,Jane Campion, Hugh Jackman and Nicole's two children Isabella and Conor.Jim Carrey was also invited and greatly wanted to come, in fact he booked plane tickets to Australia, but last minute scheduling conflicts stopped him from going.
16He and Nicole Kidman asked their wedding guests not to buy any presents but to donate the money instead to some humanitarian organization.
17He and Nicole Kidman honeymooned in Taihiti
18Brother-in-law of Antonia Kidman.
19Engaged to Nicole Kidman.
20Became the first artist to win Male Vocalist of the Year (2004, 2005), Entertainer of the Year (2005) and the Horizon Award (2001) at the Country Music Association Awards
21Was accompanied by his girlfriend Nicole Kidman to the Grammy Awards in 2006. It was their first public appearance together.
222005 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.
23He was raised in Australia. He moved with his parents and brother to Brisbane, Queensland when he was 2. They later moved to Caboolture, about 1 hour north of Brisbane.
24Instruments he can play: Guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, ganjo (a 6 string banjo), sitar, & piano
25Influences: Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Don Williams, Mark Knopfler, Freddie Mercury, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton.
26First paying non-music job: at a concert lighting company.
27He became the first Kiwi to win the CMA Male vocalist of the Year in 2004.
28Pet Peeves: People who don't look you in the eye when they shake your hand and leave lint in the lint filter or a dryer. And people who show you a bunch of photographs and half of them are out of focus.
29Posed in the April 2001 edition of Playgirl.
30Scored his first No. 1 hit on Billboard magazine's Country Singles and Tracks chart with "But for the Grace of God" in February 2001.
31Before venturing forth as a solo country music artist, was a member of the mid- 1990s country band called "The Ranch."

#Quote
1[observation, 2014] The simplistic thing for me is I make music and I play music, and there are so many ways for people to discover new music these days..I started playing when I was six, so I didn't pick up the guitar to pick up chicks, not at six years of age. I started playing because I loved music. And that joy's there, as much as it's ever been in my whole life.
2[on working with Harry Connick, Jr.] We really come from that same place. Very, very serious about music, but total goofballs as well. Really bizarre, weird, stupid, twisted, sometimes juvenile senses of humor. Just always on the same page. I think talking with him and working with him like I do, its like we're playing instruments. We're riffing, we're jamming with each other, except we're just doing it verbally.
3Yeah, it sounds like such a bohemian thing to do, doesn't it? But as badly as Alabama wanted that song ("Walkin' the Country"), I thought we needed the song. I didn't have a deal at that point, but I thought that would be one of the key songs for us. It was a perfect marriage of lyric and melody and groove that summed up what we were about. I was renting a really old house, for $400 a month, over in Berry Hill. But the money's no good if you haven't got a career. I can't buy a career, and I believed in that song as a way to get my thing out there. Even if it only ended up on CMT, which is what happened, that's good enough. I do care about money, but I've never done anything for the money. . . . My first thought is credibility: doing what you do and not getting swayed by whatever everyone else tells you.
4I love playing, and I love getting lost in the moment. I like entertaining, and to me it's a huge lot of tongue-in-cheek. The swagger is just rock-star stuff. You're playing a star, and it's totally fun. You know, it's scary. Staying right on the corner of art and commerce is a tough place to be. It's a visual medium, and you have to use everything you've got. I'd like to be able to do both: have the substance and the flair. That's what I'd like, but the balance is tricky.
5Oh, 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.'
6I feel more comfortable now with or without a guitar. It used to be much more like Linus and his security blanket, definitely.
7I try to have people around me that are 'born-to-be's: I was born to be a bass player. I was born to be a front-of-house engineer. That's my favorite kind of person to be around. Not someone who's dabbling or semipassionate about it. This has got to be what you live and die for. This is it. Life's too short, man.
8I'm really a one-day-at-a-time kind of person, especially now in my life. I read this quote recently: 'Every day, you get better or you get worse. What did you do today?' It's so blunt, but it resonated with me. I think about that before I go to bed each night. It's great to be able to think, 'Today, I got better.' It's great having that sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
9I think what's lacking now is artist development. I think record companies don't seem to take time to develop acts and let them sort of nurture their craft and find their audience and just develop. There's so much emphasis on the immediate hit, and the immediate hit record and once you don't have any more hits then you're gone. Then you sort of haven't been cultivated, so, I think that's the biggest difference right now.
10I think, you know, the only frontier left for music is fusion, styles, and the constant evolution of country is fascinating to me because what's accepted now wasn't accepted a certain time ago and that's a cyclical thing.
11When you're touring, it's wonderful 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'.
12It's interesting because I've spent all my life playing live, and having people comment on my guitar playing, but I've always wanted to put more focus on the songs and the singing. So now, it's kind of funny, because I'm in a position with 'Your Everything' and 'But For the Grace of God,' where people don't know I even play the guitar! It's just this wonderful thing ... because I've spent so much of my life struggling to make the other thing known, and then the reverse has happened with the nomination for the Grammy for the instrumental. But, with these songs charting, it's just a beautiful balance.
13I think a lot of time artists who go out and make a second album too quickly haven't got out and done anything, and everything they've been immersed in is kind of a surreal existence. And I think a lot of times that's why the second records suffer ... so I'm trying not to get caught up in that.
14It's not an indulgent type of performance when I play live, but there is a lot of passionate guitar playing involved, and it's as equally predominant as the singing and performing - if not just a little bit more so. It's definitely a focus of the show ... and we do have a tendency to play longer than we're supposed to! Once we get into the groove, we're kind of like long-distance runners - that adrenalin kicks in for me and I just keep running - and I don't stop!
15For me, my gift is music, and I would probably play a song for them and let them find something in there that they connect with, because everybody's struggles are different. It's easy for someone who's not going through it to say, 'Oh, well just hang in there,' but I think it's okay to be hurt and crushed and cry and be angry and frustrated - that's all part of it. I think people stopping you from doing that is not helpful at all. It's important to rally around people that love you, because you tend to -- I certainly tend to isolate myself away from people so as to not worry them, but the people that love you worry anyway, so, you may as well rally yourself around them and let them be there for you 'cause there's a huge chance that they'll need you sometime too.
16I have this need to keep country being perceived as a cool genre and a broad genre. I really think that country is a genre as big as rock and roll. I would love to get to the point where someone asks, 'What kind of music do you play?' I say, 'Country.' And they say, 'Great. What kind?'
17You definitely get to a point where you stop seeing your parents as your mom and dad and see them as people who tried to have a family and still tried to achieve what they wanted with their lives.
18A huge part of my confidence came from audience reaction. I'd had that throughout my life, but when I got to Nashville I realized that I didn't know who I was offstage. I hadn't spent a lot of time with that guy, and I didn't like him very much. I found him geeky and a nerd. He was schizo and unorganized. The guy onstage was focused, with everything centered. The guy offstage was just a wreck.
19The hardest thing I've dealt with was figuring out what to do after The Ranch. I thought, 'I'm lost out in the ether.'
20Hearing Bruce Springsteen sing Born To Run, you know what his goal was. A man on a mission is a great thing to witness in any form. That's fantastic and inspiring. I have had moments of worrying about this: I don't have a mission that has a real focus. I didn't have a plan when I got into this. My only plan was to tour successfully and be on radio. Now that it's happening, I've thought, 'I need a new plan.'
21Well I have always seen myself as country but I spent so many years in Australia playing in these pubs where you had to be aggressive with your playing. You tend to start performing with a certain conviction and a certain energy. So that's what I was performing with when I got to Nashville, which just freaked them out, you know.
22My goal was always to get to Nashville. And I sort of made the decision that I could stay in Australia and keep building my career. But the minute you go to Nashville, you start all over again anyway. So if I'm going to starve, and pay my dues in Nashville, let's go. Let's start it now and not in five or 10 years.
23I also think people like myself have the attention span of a gnat!
24I'm very comfortable around cattle. I can ride a horse alright. I can collect eggs and I can clean out a pigsty!
25"It makes me feel a bit naked and vulnerable, but I think that's part of being true to yourself and committing to your music. It's therapeutic too going to the studio everyday is like lying on a therapist couch.
26I'm grateful when anybody can start to have his or her limited perception of the genre open up a little bit. There's a lot of great music in the country genre that doesn't get heard because people say, 'Well, I don't like country.'
27It 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. 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?
28I 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.
29It's what we're torn between, isn't it? Bitching and moaning and complaining about this life, and, yet, not wanting to give it up for anybody, or anything.

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