Keith Urban has had a wildly successful career in country music, releasing a total of nine studio albums and has charted a whopping 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs chart with 18 even reaching No.1.
Living in the spotlight alongside Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman, you may think you already know everything there is to know about the country music artist. Here’s a list of 7 things you probably didn’t know about Keith Urban.
1. He Grew Up On A Farm
While his father tended to their family run convenience store, Urban would spend his days taking care of the animals on the farm. That’s right, the soon-to-be country superstar grew up collecting eggs from the chickens as well as cleaning out the pigsty.
2. Wife Nicole Kidman Isn’t His First Famous Partner With That Name
Prior to marrying Nicole Kidman, Urban dated supermodel Niki Taylor and even featured her in one of his music videos. The pair had a quiet separation and she went on to marry NASCAR driver Burney Lamar.
3. Suburban Was His Childhood Nickname
Back when the singer was growing up still “learning everything he needed to know,” his childhood nickname was Suburban due to being the youngest of two brothers. As in Sub-Urban. Get it? Suburban, the lesser of two Urbans.
4. He Was Once Guitarist To Brooks and Dunn
Upon moving to Nashville, Urban scored a steady job working as a road guitarist for Brooks and Dunn as well as the Dixie Chicks.
5. He Enjoys Writing Songs In The Shower
The country music singer shared in an interview with Country Weekly back in 2005 that he enjoys writing music in the shower. So if you ever have writer’s block, a sudsy trip to the shower just may be the recipe for countless No.1 hits.
6. He’s A High School Dropout
Not many people would expect the wild advocate for the public school music program, Music Makes Us, actually never graduated high school. In fact, Urban dropped out at the young age of 15 to pursue a career in music full time.
7. He Bowls At A Professional Level
Urban’s second favorite hobby after music is bowling. In addition to bowling he enjoys playing a few round of billiards.