Australia isn’t often associated with country music, but Keith Urban’s ascendancy as one of country’s biggest stars has proven that Down Under is fertile ground for the American-born genre. With the release of his seventh album Fuse in 2013, Urban topped both the Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts, marking his fourth No. 1 album in less than ten years. Chart-topping singles “Little Bit of Everything” and “We Were Us,” a duet with Miranda Lambert, received heaps of praise from critics and brought his tally of No. 1 singles to 15. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Urban took up the guitar at a young age, building a presence in the Australian country music scene before moving to Nashville in 1992. It was there that he would release his 1999
self-titled American debut, earning his first No. 1 hit with “But for the Grace of God” and kicking off a series of chart-topping releases that would result in four Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. On 2013’s Light the Fuse Tour, Urban has been impressing ticket buyers with his virtuosic guitar work and leaving fans raving about his energetic live concerts.