On A High Note

Keith Urban – Latest member of the Grand Ole Opry

Keith Urban being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry

Keith Urban being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry

Keith Urban being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Keith Urban was inducted into the family of the Grand Ole Opry. The award was presented to Urban by Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, and of course Pete Fisher of the Grand Ole Opry. Wife, Nicole Kidman, watched from back stage proudly as her husband graciously accepted the award. With humble heart, but yet a hearty “Yee Haw,” Urban thanked Pete Fisher and his friends at the Opry, his parents (for introducing him to American country music and for taking him to all his gigs), his wife – Nicole Kidman, his daughters, his fans, radio, and his team.

Keith Urban – American as Apple Pie?
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Urban is the first non-American artist to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. But we use the words “non-American” only in the “not born-here” sense. For nowadays Keith Urban’s music is nearly as synonymous with Americans as “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” (to quote an old TV commercial). According to Wikipedia, Urban’s first Number 1 Single “But for the Grace of God,” came back in 2000 from his self-titled album. It was soon followed by “Somebody Like You” (also hitting number 1) which was released in 2002 from his Golden Road album. Urban has charted more than fifteen singles on the U.S. country charts, including fourteen Number Ones.

Keith Urban – Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Award winner!
Keith Urban is not just known for his great songwriting attributes or vocal abilities; he is also quite revered for his guitar skills. Urban has performed as a session musician for the likes of Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks and Paul Brandt, to name a few. (Session musicians are mostly used in the studio for accurate recordings; they are required to learn parts quickly and are able to site read or use the “Nashville numbers system” and perform a vast range of material. Further, they are able to play the same bars of music the exact same way – if more than one take is needed.) And unbeknownst to some, Urban plays 9 instruments, including the Sitar and an instrument called the Bouzouki – a Greek-originated stringed instrument.

In 2005, when the CMA Awards were held for the first time outside of Nashville – in Times Square in New York City – Urban claimed the awards for both “Male Vocalist of the Year” and CMA Entertainer of the Year. Urban has also scored four Grammys for Best Male Country Vocal Performance since 2006. Not bad for our favorite lad from down under.

Congratulations Keith on all your success! May you have a future filled with more of the same!