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'Til Summer Comes Around
You'll Think Of Me
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith Urban was never far from a guitar. He began playing at a young age and became enchanted with rock guitar and classic American country music. The combination — not to mention his teen-idol looks — served him well, and it wasn't long before he had signed with EMI Records in Australia and hit the top of the charts Down Under.
Eventually, Urban took his act to Nashville and formed a short-lived band called the Ranch. The band released a self-titled album in 1997 before breaking up, so Urban did session work before issuing his debut solo album in 1999. Keith Urban was an instant country smash with multiple hit songs, and helped land Urban opening gigs for country heavyweights such as Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam. It also kicked off a string of multi-platinum albums for Urban, Golden Road (2002) and Be Here (2004). The latter album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, catapulted by hits such as "Days Go By," "You're My Better Half," "Tonight I Wanna Cry," and "Making Memories Of Us." In 2005 "You'll Think Of Me," a track from Golden Road, earned Urban his first GRAMMY for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
Urban's celebrity crystallized in 2006 when he married actress Nicole Kidman, but his star fell when he subsequently entered a rehabilitation center for an alcohol problem. Emerging clean, the music continued in November 2006 with the release of Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing, which spawned the GRAMMY-winning hit "Stupid Boy." Urban issued a greatest hits collection in 2007.
In 2009 Urban released Defying Gravity, which became his first album to top the Billboard 200 and featured the GRAMMY-winning hit "'Til Summer Comes Around." Further cementing his star status, Urban emerged as a top concert draw, placing at No. 16 on Pollstar's top 50 tours of North America list in 2009 with total gross revenue of $42.7 million. Urban's seventh studio album, 2010's Get Closer, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.