It’s been almost 28 years since Keith Urban officially moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992. And in that time, he has accomplished so much. Starting with his role as Guitar Player in Alan Jackson’s “Mercury Blues” video.
After that, Urban wrote and wrote and wrote, which is what he came to Nashville to do. But it wasn’t until his self-titled debut album came out in 1999 that anyone outside of Nashville had heard of him. Then came his debut single “But for the Grace of God.” Urban wrote it with Jane Wiedlin (one of The Go-Go’s) and Charlotte Caffey and it went all the way to the top of the charts.
Then Urban went on to do all the things. He has played fairs, fests, bars, clubs, amphitheaters, arenas, stadiums and awards shows. He has won ACM Awards, CMT Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, CMA Awards, People’s Choice Awards and more. He’s played concerts, sporting events, fashion shows, train station pop-ups, benefit shows and the Grand Ole Opry. His life has been curated at an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has made Nashville his home, and he found love and started a family. He’s written songs, played those songs and sang those songs. He has opened for his heroes and backed them when they needed a sideman. He has been a judge and a mentor on a reality show. He has collaborated with friends, and made friends of his collaborators. He has won the hearts of millions of country fans.
But this? This he has never done.
It was announced on Thursday morning (Feb. 27) that Urban will be the host of the upcoming 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5.
“As if having a new song out today wasn’t enough, I also get to host the ACM’s in April,” said Urban in a press release. “I’ll tell you — this year already feels like the most creative and energized year of my life… and there’s so much more to come. Incredibly grateful — and ready to roll!”
And that has us thinking back on everything Urban has done leading up to the show. Here are some of our favorite shots from Urban’s 28 years in America, in no particular order:
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Urban also released a brand new single on Thursday. “God Whispered Your Name,” written by James Slater, Shy Carter, Micah Carter and Chris August, is part of what he says is a whole bunch of new music coming out soon.