Keith Urban is one of Ellen’s good friends, and has appeared on the show many times over the years. The New Zealander grew up in Australia and began playing guitar at age 6. His father listened to country music, and as Keith developed his talent, he looked up to country music giants like Dolly Parton and Glen Campbell. He moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music.
Keith rose in the charts in the 2000s with hits like “Kiss a Girl” and “‘Till Summer Comes Around.” He went on create many hit records and chart-topping songs. He’s a four-time Grammy winner for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 2012, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. That same year, Keith became a judge on the hit competition show, “American Idol.” In late 2013, he released “Fuse,” which had more of a country pop sound. The album yielded five Top Ten Billboard Country Singles. Keith performed "We Were Us" from his album "Fuse" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2013.
In the summer of 2015, Keith released his single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” Two other singles from the latest album, "Break on Me" and “Wasted Time,” topped the charts before the release of the full album. His 9th studio album, “Ripcord,” was released in May 2016. That same month, Keith performed his latest hit, “Wasted Time,” on the Ellen show!
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