Keith Urban - Random Fun Facts

Keith Urban
Keith Urban

Random Facts about Keith Urban

  • Was born in New Zealand moved to Brisbane and then Caboolture when he was 2 years old.
  • His birthday is October 26, 1967. His astrological sign is Scorpio.
  • Has an older brother named Shane.
  • His father who was a country music fan gave Keith his first instrument...a ukulele at age 4.
  • Learned to play the guitar at age 6.
  • Began to perform at musical festivals at age 8.
  • His middle name is Lionel.
  • Won a few talents shows as a youngster singing hits by Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton.
  • Was inspired by musical artists such as Glen Campbell and Don Williams with his singing talents.
  • His guitar playing was inspired by Dire Straits and Fleetwood Mac.
  • As a child he collected eggs from the chickens and cleaned pigsty's. These tasks taught him resourcefulness.
  • At age 15 Keith Urban joined a rock band called Fractured Mirror. He was a metal head. He couldn't let go of his country music roots. He was fired.
  • In his younger years he had more faith in his fingers than his voice. He now has faith in both.
  • Favorite sport is Soccer when Australia is winning.
  • He has changed his hairstyle and had dental work since he's hit the big time. I do miss his trademark gap. I don't miss the mullet hairstyle.

Urban Developments Video Blog

Quotes by Keith Urban

“Life is about holding on and letting go.”

“And if I get it right everybody will be singing along, yeah
And when they see you on the street they’ll say,
'Hey, ain’t you the girl in that song?”

“I'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.”

“The only place that I wanna be is where you are, cause any more than a heartbeat away is just too far.”

Keith Urban - Before & after transformation

Keith Urban continued...

  • But For The Grace Of God was his first #1 hit in the USA and was written along with two members of The Go Go's.
  • Humbleness is part of his DNA.
  • His ideal marriage is that of his parents Bob and Marienne.
  • Posed nude in Playgirl in April 2001. Further proof that Keith ages like a fine wine.
  • Wears Levi's jeans and really fills them out.
  • No need for a cowboy hat or cowboy boots for this cowboy.
  • By age 24 he had four #1 country songs in Australia.
  • His first band in Nashville was The Ranch.
  • Signed with Capitol Records in in Nashville in 1999.
  • When he first landed in Nashville he was a struggling songwriter.
  • He played guitar for the Dixie Chicks and Brooks & Dunn.
  • Keith Urban met Sunshine in 2000. We both vividly recall the meeting. Well, I do.
  • Can play the acoustic and electric guitars. Banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bouzouki and the drums.
  • Is known as the "thunder from down under."
  • Dated and lived with supermodel Niki Taylor. When they broke up he signed the deed over to Niki.
  • Keith is 5'10 in height.
  • Urban Developments is KU's video blog to keep in touch with his fans.
  • Is the organizer for "All For The Hall" concerts which draw in thousands of attendees. An organization that raises money for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There have been three annual concerts so far. Total tally is over one million dollars!
  • Won 2005 CMA Entertainer Of The Year.
  • In 2006, KU and Damien Horne of "The Farm" put together and directed a children's choir during the 2006 CMT awards show in tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • First Kiwi to win CMA Male Vocalist in 2004 and 2005.
  • Keith is a private person. He's not one for glitz and glam.

Keith Urban
Keith Urban

Keith Urban - Stupid Boy

Keith Urban and John Mayer performing Sweet Thing on CMT Crossroads

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I'm not done yet! More facts about Keith Urban

  • Married Nicole Kidman on June 25, 2006 in Sydney. (Also happens to be my birthday!)
  • They have two daughters. Sunday Rose (2008) and Faith Margaret (2010). Fans of KU didn't know about Faith until she was a few weeks old. She was delivered by a surrogate. When the Urban's request privacy, they get it! (Faith is also my granddaughter's name.)
  • He was in rehab from Oct. 2006 - Jan. 2007 for his addictions. His song Thank You is dedicated to Nicole who gave him the strength to conquer the demons. Thank you Nicole!
  • Keith filed a lawsuit against a painter for his domain name KeithUrban.com. The painter counter-sued and Keith Urban the musician lost. His domain name is KeithUrban.Net I guess it's first come, first served with domain names.
  • Keith is a stepfather to Tom Cruise's two oldest children with Nicole Kidman. Isabella and Connor were adopted by Tom and Nicole when they were married.
  • The name of Keith's fan club is Monkeyville. Keith is the main monkey. His crazy monkeys help spread monkey love. They recently collected over 900 stuffed monkeys to benefit charities and organizations. There is no monkeying around with the monkeyville fans! His logo is a monkey carrying a guitar...Nabru.
  • He has released 10 albums. One only released in the UK. One released with The Ranch.
  • 15 singles on the U.S. country music charts. 14 became number one hits!
  • He had vocal chord surgery in 2011 to remove a polyp. During his post-treatment he wasn't permitted to speak for three weeks. When he spoke his first word Nicole and Keith both cried.
  • April 21, 2012 he was the first Australian to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
  • For You is a song that Keith sang and wrote specifically for the blockbuster movie "Act Of Valor."
  • KU has over 4 million Facebook fans.
  • His Twitter handle is @keithurban and has over 1.7 million followers.
  • Performed a duet with Brad Paisley singing Start A Band.
  • Phoenix is the name of Keith Urban's fragrance.
  • Performed on CMT: Crossroads TV show with John Mayer.
  • KU was a vocal coach of Australia's version of The Voice for one season.
  • Keith detests olives and thinks they shouldn't be categorized as a food.
  • Pet peeve: When people don't look you in the eyes when they shake your hand.
  • Agreed to be a judge on American Idol. Fans are split on the decision. Some are happy. Some aren't. I'm not. I think Keith Urban is far better than being a judge on a reality show that should have been axed a few years ago. Update: KU has been the favorite judge and has gained many new fans. Why am I not surprised?

This concludes my list of random facts about Keith Urban. If there is something that you read that you think should be corrected please let me know. Whether you are a fan, a crazy monkey or Keith Urban your thoughts are appreciated! Rock on KU!

THANK YOU to the crazy monkey's from KU's Forum who offered some advice on my facts! I appreciate you! Just spreading our love for KU!

Keith Urban - For You from "Act Of Valor" soundtrack

Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert "We Were Us"

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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Daisy Mariposa profile image

Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Linda (Sunshine),

This is your best fan article yet! The *random facts* is a great way to present the information about Keith Urban.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Daisy!! I'm hoping KU stops by his 3rd hub tribute:)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Love him looking on line for the editiono of Playgirl, April 2001 monetarily.


Stokermm 4 years ago

Awesome list!! I didn't know Keith posed nude for playboy! I may have to do some googling... And he met Erin in 2000 with Sunshine. I wish he could have met Mich instead! ;)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Angela, I bet that issue of Playgirl will have a lots of hits after this article.

Stoker, He did meet Mich also...you are so silly! :))


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

SS.....My gosh, what cutie CUTIE!! How lucky Nicole is.You've done one of your fabulous jobs again on this one, GF! Do you ever get the feeling that beautiful, takented men sure have a way of "inspiring" us?? LOL

This is UP! etc!!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Linda, I had no idea Keith could play so many instaments...impressive! I neeed to check him out! I love guitars of all kinds! Voted this up! I learned about a new musician today!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Cool hub here for a cool celebrity, I don't know of this dude, but thanks to you I've learned a great deal about him. Thanks for sharing this hub about him, nice Job!

Voted up!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Effer, I have to agree with you. They do inspire us in more ways than one!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Audra, I guarantee you will become a crazy monkey once you start listening to KU!!! Keep me posted!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi CloudExplorer, Thanks for stopping by and checking out my KU tribute hub! I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do. Probably not, but you never know!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I definitely give his music a try, he had a pretty interesting life it seems, judging by all the info you've supplied here for us all. Thanks once again for the cool put it Sunshine, until we meet again.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for these fun facts


Glyn 4 years ago

Thank you Sunshine....your sure know your facts!! BTW....KU was just awesome on the Voice last night. He performed with his final four. Voted up.....for it's awesomeness!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Thanks for sharing these bits of information on Keith Urban! Great hub! :) Voted up and awesome, interesting.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you MHatter ~ Glyn ~ MelChi for your comments! KU and I truly appreciate them!:)


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Sunshine! I learned a whole lot about Keith Urban from you! Voted up, up and away!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Dexter!:)


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

You know, Linda. I think it is more than a coincidence that Keith married Nicole on your birthday. It smacks of a subliminal message that he never got over his time with you back in 2000! Just saying ...


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

My thoughts exactly Rick!!! I'm so glad to hear you think the same thing as me!!!:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Wow, he started performing at age 8? Now that is impressive. Well researched hub. I vote up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

He is definitely nice to look at! lol! now I will have to check out the music more, I have heard of him, we get his music sometimes over here on tv, great hub and brilliant facts!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Christy, Yes KU was an early bloomer with his guitar!:)

Hi Nell, The UK needs to play more KU...I wouldn't you guys to miss out!:)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Linda you always write about all the stars I am crazy about. you have great taste.. I love your hub.. I love Keith..

voted up

Debbie


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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a great first photo post -- he looks great. He started out at such a young age and seems to still be climbing in talent.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I like the new Keith Urban better. And Happy Advanced Birthday, Linda. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Debbie, I'm so glad I received your thumbs up...that means a lot! Thank you!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

That's true teaches...KU just keeps on getting better with age. Like a fine wine. Thanks!

Alocsin, I also like the new look on KU better even if I do miss his trademark gap. Thanks for the early birthday wishes!:)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

This is about all the facts about Keith Urban. Excellent research, Sunshine. Love his music too!

Voted up, informative and fun to read :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

This was a Fun Hub read on Keith Urban...So the man's a Scorpio...didn't know that...Loved all the Facts on him and so Enjoy his Music. Thanks for sharing.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Martie! The research was time consuming, but SO MUCH FUN! Thank you:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi b.Malin, I'm glad to hear you are also a KU fan! I appreciate you stopping by for a visit!:)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Does Keith know what a lovable, loyal FAN you are, Linda. Nicole and you! What a lucky man. Thanks for all the fascinating KU information - now I am complete!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

drbj, I sure hope KU knows my how much of a loyal fan I am by now. He does have many crazy monkey fans and he appreciates them all. So he says. Maybe he'll post a comment and let us know exactly how much:)


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

Great job as always SunShine.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Brian!:)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Great Urbanite you are! Just pinned your hub on pin interest!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Urbanite! I like that Michelle! Thank you for the pin!:)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Welcome indeed!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Some others have repinned this already! KU really has his outreach!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you and your fellow pinners Michelle!:)


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Ky4KeithUrban 4 years ago from Kentucky

Loved your facts about Keith..I am a crazy Obessed KU fan!!Love the videos u put up..I put this on my pinterest page under you Sunshine625..Thank you!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for pinning this tribute fellow KU fanatic:)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Thank you for this. Keith Urban is just all kinds of hot. :-)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Jeannie for your comment and I agree! :)


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for all of these interesting random facts on Keith Urban....I especially liked the earlier facts that dealt with him before he hit the big time....sorry that he fixed his teeth and that you miss that look. Voted up and very interesting.

Thank you for the not one but two shout outs in your profile....we have been through many many things here on HubPages....and almost all of them have been awesome.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Cogerson, I did like his gap, yet he went and fixed it. It was his signature like Owen Wilson's nose bump! :)

Yes we do have a lot of awesome HP memories together. I'm thankful for you!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I love Keith Urban too. We were able to see him when he was first starting out, along with many other bands here in Alabama. He was awesome. I also love Gary Allan back then too. Great write about a great artist. In His Love, Faith Reaper


dreamseeker2 4 years ago

I know the guy is easy on the eyes and can really sing. I'm not a big fan of country music however. But, I noted in your facts that he is a Scorpio, as is my sign. His birthday is also just one day before my youngest sons, only Keith is almost a good twenty years older. Good hub. Why am I not surprised by this one? ; )


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Oh, Keith Urban, he is just so lovely. Thank you for including a video with John Mayer and Keith Urban. They are both quite easy on the eyes. Voted up, of course. ;-)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Faith Reaper! I'm glad to hear you are also a Keith Urban fan! Gary Allan is also amazing!!

Hi Dreamseeker! Keith's birthday is one day later than my granddaughters birthday. Something about those scorpios that make them too sweet!!

Jeannie, I agree KU is lovely!

Happy 45th Birthday to Keith Urban! (10/26)


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I really loved this Linda! : ) Thanks for letting me know the facts of my big, mini-crush! So much to remember about him, but great knowledge and info here. Had to be voted up, of course and awesome!! By the way...his birthday falls just a day short of my youngest. Of course many years before my son was born! ; ) Yay...he's a Scorpio too, like me. Ahhh!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi dreamseeker, I'm glad you are enjoying Keith Urban as a judge on American Idol. I hear he's the best judge ever, yet that could just be KU fanatics who are saying that! :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

How can it be that I missed this, sweet thing?

Keith can even make John Mayer sound good. And, my heavens, he is easy on this ole gal's eyes...I love Keith's sound and enjoyed getting to know him Sunshine style!


Nashville Music 3 years ago

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Source:http://www.nashville.com/music/2013/10/keith-urban...


music 3 years ago

i am so lucky he is my uncle


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi MM...Thanks for visiting with Sunshine and KU! :)


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savvydating 2 years ago

I like Urban's song, Stupid Boy, or is it girl? I don't listen to country music a whole lot, but I do love Keith Urban as a judge on American Idol. I think he does a fabulous job. He's easy on the eyes, too. I especially appreciate that he has some humility; it shows in his comments on the show.

That being said, I know someone who thinks Keith Urban is sort of a diva with the streaked hair thing. But, I have to say, his whole look works for me and even more importantly, I respect that he is a knowledgeable musician.

I enjoyed this article quite a lot, actually. Voting interesting.

PS. I'm glad you got to meet him!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Savvy! It's always nice to hear from a fellow Keith Urban fan :)


Joni 2 years ago

I believe it was four months after meeting Nicole that he called her. I read somewhere he wanted to break it off gently with Niki Taylor before he got involved with Nicole. He is a gentleman.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Why am I not surprised Joni :) Thank you for adding that interesting tidbit of news.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Sunshine, very good hub ands tribute to Keith Urban. I lived and went to school in Woodford which is about a 15 minute drive from Caboolture. My brother went to school in Caboolture and was in the same class as Shane Urban. They were friends and he often went to their house so knew Keith as well. I have never met him however. He was a great coach on the Voice Australia, but he didn't do the next season, choosing to be a judge on American Idol instead. I don't know why, because that show is really garbage now, but if he got new fans out of it I guess it was worth it.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Love Keith Urban's songs!! Great hub with facts that I did not know. Enjoyed reading.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I first got acquainted with Keith when he was a judge on American Idol. I thought he was a fantastic judge. I had never heard him sing until this article. I am not a country music fan, but he is fantastic (and cute, but that's beside the point). I'd buy a record. He did strike me as a humble, non-celebrity type persona. Thanks for this intro to a cool singer.


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ChitrangadaSharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub about Keith Urban and you presented it in an interesting manner.

I enjoy listening to his songs and came to know a lot about this great celebrity through your hub.

Thank you and voted up!

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