Keith Urban
Australian musician
Keith Urban
Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand-Australian country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States, Canada and Australia. Urban was born in New Zealand and began his career in Australia at an early age. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992.
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Keith Urban's personal information overview.
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Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations
LATimes - 9 days
The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...
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Keith Urban leads 52nd ACM Awards nominations with seven
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Keith Urban ignored Nicole Kidman because he thought she was out of his league
Fox News - 13 days
Keith Urban clarified comments his wife Nicole Kidman made last week about how he waited months to call her when they first met.
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Keith Urban took four months to call Nicole Kidman
Fox News - 16 days
When Nicole Kidman met Keith Urban, he played hard to get.
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Keith Urban says he and wife Nicole Kidman 'collab every night'
Fox News - 24 days
Well, that's certainly one way to collaborate!
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Bee Gees to be honored with tribute concert
Fox News - 29 days
The Recording Academy and CBS will pay tribute to the Bee Gees two days after the Grammys with a concert featuring a range of artists, including Celine Dion, Andra Day, John Legend and Keith Urban.The show, "Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees," will mark the 40th anniversary of the pop legends' soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever," according to a joint announcement released Friday.
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Keane Singer Tom Chaplin Makes Triumphant Solo Debut in America
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Releasing an album no longer guarantees success in an industry where platinum-selling singers face the same pressures as fledgling artists. Yet, when Keane frontman Tom Chaplin kicked off a 15-date North American tour in Atlanta this weekend to celebrate his solo debut, The Wave, he proved that talent and heart still matter as much as the numbers do. In a triumphant return to the U.S. after more than four years away, Chaplin raised the roof with a dozen new songs that showcased his stellar vocal abilities - and also shared stories about his recovery from drug addiction. Chaplin's 90-minute set at the Buckhead Theatre included favorites "Everybody's Changing" and "Bend and Break" from Keane's 2004 debut, Hopes and Fears, as well as the current single, "Still Waiting." The Wave's "Hardened Heart" and "Bring the Rain" (co-written by Chaplin and Max McElligott ) recalled the joyous rave-ups for which Keane is best known, while "The River" (penned with Aqualung) suggested a clearer pop di ...
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Watch Keith Urban's Incredible Tribute To The Artists We Lost In 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Watch @KeithUrban’s New Year’s Eve tribute to the many great musicians we lost in 2016 https://t.co/rEfVsRYaY2 https://t.co/gaSwYME8bZ — CNN (@CNN) January 1, 2017 The world of music lost some of its greatest voices in 2016.  In the final moments of the year, country music star Keith Urban paid tribute to some of those legendary entertainers with a medley of songs from Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Merle Haggard and Prince.  He was joined onstage by his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, during the event, which was broadcast on CNN. Check out his emotional tribute above.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Live & Dangerous: Holidays 2016
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The holidays are upon us! And what better way to end the year than with family, friends, and some great live music. Here are our recommendations for three end-of-year shows, featuring some exciting emerging acts that are sure to be the talk of 2017. WHO: Maren Morris WHEN: February 2nd, The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY WHY: You might not have heard of Maren Morris yet, but the rising young country singer/songwriter is on track to become a household name next year. The surprise Grammy nominee for this year's Best New Artist has been a well-known figure in Nashville writing circles for years, having penned hits for country superstars like Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw. And now she's writing music for herself, making her major label debut in June (which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200), followed by a high profile tour with Keith Urban. Morris most recently brought her pop-friendly brand of country to the SNL stage, making her the only country artist to play the show this seaso ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Nicole Kidman Roasts Jimmy Fallon For Failing To Ask Her Out A Second Time
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C Student to Music Tech CEO: How Being a Bad Student Can Make You a Great Entrepreneur
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It is often said that success is born from struggle. As Thomas Edison famously put it, "genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." Roy LaManna knows that struggle well. He may be a well-respected force in the world of music/tech start-ups and on the fast track to success, but getting there wasn't easy. LaManna was never a fantastic student. "I excelled in things that I was passionate about," he says. "If I liked a class, like physics, I could get an A. But with social studies I was the guy who didn't do my homework." Early on it seemed evident that he was meant for a different path than the university one. He knew that would present challenges. "Unfortunately when growing up, you're usually presented with only one path: you do well in school, get into a great college, find a good paying job, and start your career," says LaManna. "People explain that if that doesn't happen you'll have a very rough life." So LaManna knew he had to find a different way to s ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keith Urban
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    Urban returned to judge the farewell finale season of American Idol in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2013, during a concert in Tampa, Florida, Urban announced he would be offering his own signature package of guitars and accessories, sold through Home Shopping Network (HSN). HSN offered the guitar packages twice in sixth months, resulting in 42,000 sales. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and the Grammy Foundation. While living in Nashville, Urban became a frequent user of cocaine. After reaching a personal low point in 1998, he became determined to give up the habit and checked into Cumberland Heights, a treatment center in Nashville.
    In 2016, Urban was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
    More Details Hide Details On 23 November 2011, Urban was confirmed as one of the four vocal coaches in the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice. On 14 September 2012, Urban released a statement that he would not be signing back on for season 2. The Fox Broadcasting Company officially announced on 16 September 2012 that Urban would replace Steven Tyler as a judge in season 12 of American Idol alongside Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. On 1 August 2013, it was officially confirmed that Urban would return as a judge for season 13. He was joined by former judge Jennifer Lopez and newest judge Harry Connick, Jr.. On 23 June 2014, Fox announced that Urban would return to the judging panel for season 14.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    On 22 September 2015, Urban celebrated the 10th anniversary of his third studio album Golden Road being certified triple platinum, for sales of three million copies of his record. "Wasted Time" is the album's third single."
    More Details Hide Details Blue Ain't Your Color" is the album's fourth single.
    In October 2015, Urban teased a new song called "Break on Me"; it was released to the public on 23 October.
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    In June 2015, Urban released "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16", as the lead single to his eighth American studio album, Ripcord.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    It was the first single from his eighth studio album, Fuse, which was released on 10 September 2013. The official music video for "Little Bit Of Everything" debuted on VEVO on 25 July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike his previous albums, Urban co-produced with ten other producers on this album. The album's second single, "We Were Us", is a duet with Miranda Lambert. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in December 2013. The third single, "Cop Car", was released in January 2014. A fourth single, "Somewhere in My Car" was released in June 2014. A fifth single, a duet with Eric Church, "Raise 'Em Up", was released to country radio on 26 January 2015. It reached at number 1 on the Country Airplay in May 2015.
    On 13 May 2013, Urban released the single "Little Bit of Everything", produced by Nathan Chapman.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on 21 April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Urban plays guitar on Tim McGraw's early-2013 single "Highway Don't Care", which also features a guest vocal from Taylor Swift. This song is the third single from McGraw's album Two Lanes of Freedom.
    On 10 April 2012, Urban was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Vince Gill at the third annual We're All for the Hall benefit concert which Urban organized.
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    After "You Gonna Fly" fell from the charts, Urban released "For You", which was featured as the theme song of the 2012 action film Act of Valor and appeared on the film's soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number 6 on the country charts.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    In May 2010, Urban entered the studio to begin work on a new album.
    More Details Hide Details The recording process was documented in a blog on his official website. At the beginning of September, it was announced that the album would be titled Get Closer and would see release on 16 November. "Put You in a Song" was released as its first single on 13 September. It went to number 2, followed by "Without You", "Long Hot Summer", and "You Gonna Fly", all of which went to number 1. Urban wrote "Put You in a Song" with Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, and "Long Hot Summer" with Richard Marx. Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, who comprise the LoCash Cowboys, co-wrote "You Gonna Fly" with Jaren Johnston, then-member of the group American Bang.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    In 2009, Urban was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
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    On 27 June 2009, Urban filmed a video for the song, "Only You Can Love Me This Way", at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
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    Urban's 2009 Escape Together tour, supporting the Defying Gravity album, featured many big name opening acts, such as Taylor Swift, Sugarland, and Jason Aldean.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban July 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details On his website, Urban stated: "Earlier this morning Nic gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. We want to thank everybody that has kept us in their thoughts and prayers. We feel very, very blessed and grateful that we can share this joy with all of my loving fans today." On December 28, 2010, Urban and Kidman had a second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, at Nashville's Centennial Women's Hospital. Faith's middle name is after Kidman's late grandmother.
    In early-May 2008, Urban debuted a new song at the Grand Ole Opry titled "A New Sunshine".
    More Details Hide Details That same month, Urban recorded a new version of "You Look Good in My Shirt" and released it as a single in June of that year. "Over the years it ("You Look Good In My Shirt") has always played like a hit song," Urban said. "That, combined with numerous requests from both fans and radio about why it was never a single, inspired us to get back into the studio and re-record the song." The single was a precursor to the "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour" concert DVD release in fall of 2008. Later that year, Urban served as a duet artist for Brad Paisley's single "Start a Band", on whom both he and Paisley sang and played guitar. This song was included on Paisley's album Play and it went to No. 1 in January 2009.
    In January 2008, Urban embarked on the Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour with fellow country singer Carrie Underwood.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Urban released his first greatest hits collection Greatest Hits: 18 Kids on November 20, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details This compilation contains all of his Top 10 hits, along with two new songs, "Romeo's Tune" and "Got It Right This Time (The Celebration)".
    Following it was "Stupid Boy", which was co-written by Sarah Buxton and went to number 3 as well as winning him his second Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album's next two singles, "I Told You So" and "Everybody", respectively peaked at numbers 2 and 5.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    On 21 August 2006, Urban's "Once in a Lifetime" debuted at No. 17, setting what was then a new record for the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of the Hot Country Songs chart.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the high debut, the song peaked at number 6.
    Kidman and Urban were married on Sunday, 25 June 2006, at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 October 2006, Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in California. On 20 October, Urban issued a statement saying: "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid that I have." On 18 January 2007, Urban announced his completion of rehab and his plans to go on tour to promote his new album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing. On 2 February 2007, Urban filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey painter by the same name, who has a web site called KeithUrban.com. The singer wanted to acquire the rights to the URL. The painter counter-sued. The lawsuit was settled in the painter's favor. On 1 October 2007, while riding, Urban skidded off his motorbike when a paparazzo followed him near his home in Sydney; Urban was not hurt. In a statement released by his publicists, Urban said that the incident was "the result of one person's desire to do his job and my desire to maintain my privacy". Urban said that he tried to avoid an oncoming car and dropped his bike. He said the photographer came to his assistance without taking photos.
    Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, containing "Once in a Lifetime" as well as his second Grammy song, "Stupid Boy".
    More Details Hide Details A greatest hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids followed in late-2007. Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on 31 March 2009 and 16 November 2010, respectively. In September 2013, he released a brand new album titled Fuse, which produced four more number ones on the newly introduced Country Airplay chart, two of which are duets—one with Miranda Lambert and the other with Eric Church. A new single, entitled "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16", was released in June 2015 as the lead-off single to his eighth American studio album Ripcord. Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in the United Kingdom), as well as one album with The Ranch. He has charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs, 18 of which went to number one, counting a duet with Brad Paisley and the 2008 single "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he previously recorded on Golden Road. Those also include his third Grammy Award winning single "Sweet Thing" from his album Defying Gravity.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    Urban met American-born Australian actress Nicole Kidman at G'Day LA, a Hollywood event honoring Australians, in January 2005, but they reportedly did not begin dating until six months later.
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    In 2005, Urban performed in front of European audiences for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details In May, Urban supported Bryan Adams on his UK and Ireland tour, which included dates in Earls Court, London, SECC, Glasgow and The Point, Dublin. On 6 June a UK only album, Days Go By, was released. The album contained songs from both Be Here and Golden Road. "You Look Good in My Shirt" was originally intended to be the fifth single from this album. Instead, Capitol chose to release "Days Go By", the lead-off to his third American album Be Here. By late-2004, this song became Urban's fifth number-one hit on the country chart. Although it was not officially released, "You Look Good in My Shirt" spent one-week at number 60 on the country charts in July 2004 and remained a fan favorite. The next single from this album was the #2 "You're My Better Half", followed by the five-week number 1 "Making Memories of Us", which was written by Rodney Crowell and previously recorded by both Tracy Byrd and Crowell's side project The Notorious Cherry Bombs. The next singles from this album were "Better Life" and "Tonight I Wanna Cry". The former, which Urban wrote with Richard Marx, spent six weeks at number 1 and the latter spent three weeks at number 2. After this song, "Live to Love Another Day" spent 14 weeks on the country chart, reaching a peak of number 48, although it was never officially released as a single.
    The third and fourth singles from the album, "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" and "You'll Think of Me", went to number-one, with the latter winning him the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details On 22 September 2005, Urban's third studio album Golden Road was certified triple platinum, for sales of three million copies.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    Urban performed "Lights on the Hill" for Tamworth's 2004 tribute concert following the death of Australia's Slim Dusty, an artist whom he had both written for and covered.
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    The album's fourth single, "You'll Think of Me", earned him his first Grammy. 2004's Be Here, his third American album, produced three more number 1 singles and became his highest-selling album, earning 4× Platinum certification.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002, Urban posed nude for Playgirl.
    More Details Hide Details On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he stated on that he regrets posing nude despite not showing any full frontal nudity.
    Urban released his second American album Golden Road in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Of the 13 songs included on this album, Urban produced seven himself and co-produced the other six with Dann Huff. The album's lead-off single "Somebody Like You" was released in July 2002 and spent six weeks at number-one. The second single was the number-three hit "Raining on Sunday", which Radney Foster had previously released as a single from his 1998 album See What You Want to See.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    He won the Top New Male Vocalist Award at the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2001 Country Music Association's Horizon Award.
    More Details Hide Details Allmusic's Thom Jurek described the first and third singles favorably, and praised the instrumental track "Rollercoaster", saying that Urban was "flat picking his Stratocaster like it was another extremity he was born with." He thought that those songs "balance the slick and sometimes too-soft production on the record".
  • 1999
    Age 31
    Urban released his self-titled American debut album in 1999 under the production of session pianist Matt Rollings.
    More Details Hide Details It was led by the number 18 single "It's a Love Thing", followed by the number-four "Your Everything", which made him the first male New Zealand performer to reach the Top 10 on the US country charts. Its follow-up, "But for the Grace of God", written by Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, became his first number 1 hit on the charts. The last single, "Where the Blacktop Ends", written by Steve Wariner and Allen Shamblin, went to number three.
    Still signed to Capitol, Urban made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban.
    More Details Hide Details Certified platinum in the US, it produced his first number one on Hot Country Songs with "But for the Grace of God". "Somebody Like You", the first single from his second Capitol album, Golden Road (2002), was named by Billboard as the biggest country hit of the 2000s decade.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    In 1997, he formed a band known as The Ranch, who included drummer Peter Clarke and bassist Jerry Flowers.
    More Details Hide Details The Ranch released one self-titled album for Capitol Records Nashville and charted two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts that year with "Walkin' the Country" and "Just Some Love" at numbers 50 and 61, respectively. Throughout the late-1990s, Urban also played guitar on several other artists' albums, such as Paul Jefferson, Tim Wilson, and Charlie Daniels.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    He and Vernon Rust co-wrote "Jesus Gets Jealous of Santa Claus" on Toby Keith's 1995 album Christmas to Christmas, 4 Runner's 1996 single "That Was Him (This Is Now)", and "Tangled Up in Love" on the Raybon Brothers' 1997 self-titled album.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    Urban moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he appeared in the music video for Alan Jackson's rendition of "Mercury Blues".
  • 1991
    Age 23
    In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year.
    More Details Hide Details He found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Nashville and charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    In 1990, Urban signed with EMI in Australia and released his self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details He toured as a backup act to Slim Dusty between 1993 and 1994. In the mid-1990s, both people recorded a re-worked duet of Dusty's classic "Lights on the Hill". Urban appeared for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry backing Dusty. He also sang backing vocals on INXS's live album Live Baby Live (1992).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 15
    In 1983, Urban was a contestant on the Australian TV talent show New Faces.
    More Details Hide Details A few years later, he began making the inroads into the Australian country music scene, with regular appearances on the Reg Lindsay Country Homestead TV Program, Mike McClellan's Music Program, and various other TV programs performing duets with local Brisbane girl Jenny Wilson. They won a golden guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Urban also performed regularly on stage at the Northern Suburbs Country Music Club near Caboolture.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Keith Lionel Urban was born on 26 October 1967, in Whangarei, New Zealand, He is the youngest son of Marienne and Robert "Bob" Urban.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 13, he attended Sir Edmund Hillary College in Otara, South Auckland, New Zealand and by the age of 17, he lived with his parents in Caboolture, Queensland, Australia. His father, who owned a convenience store, put an advertisement for a guitar teacher in his shop window. Urban took lessons from his teacher, Sue McCarthy (now Crealey and still a family friend) and began entering local competitions, in addition to acting in a local theater company. Urban has stated that his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac). He also performed at country festivals from the age of 10.
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