Although born in New Zealand and raised in nearby Australia, Keith Urban made his biggest splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary country music. By embracing drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop, Urban wrote songs that appealed to a wide audience, effectively satisfying his Nashville fans without alienating those more accustomed to pop music. He also became a genuine celebrity, known for his good looks, marriage to Nicole Kidman, and outspoken battle with alcoholism. Even so, it was the music that maintained Urban's career, from his work with the Ranch during the late '90s to the acclaimed solo albums that followed.
Urban returned to the top of the charts in 2008 with a re-recorded
version of "You Look Good in My Shirt," which had originally
appeared on 2002's Golden
The new version appeared on his latest compilation record, Greatest
Hits, and its success helped pave the way for Urban's next solo
album. Released in 2009, Defying
him singing about life with Nicole Kidman on songs like "Sweet
Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way," both of which peaked at
number one. Meanwhile, "Kiss a Girl" became his highest-charting
single to date on the pop charts, and two additional tunes -- "'Til
Summer Comes Around" and "I'm In" -- both charted well in the
country market, making Defying
Nearly three years had passed between the release of Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing and Defying Gravity. Urban worked quickly on his next album, though, releasing Get Closer during the final months of 2010 and returning to the charts with its lead single, "Put You in a Song.