Keith Urban is one of the judges in FOX's reality singing competition series "American Idol."

2013 is poised to be another spectacular year for Keith Urban, who has already celebrated the success of a sold-out Australian Arena tour and received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "For You," his initial foray writing specifically for a motion picture. A performance with the Rolling Stones and at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Concert, combined with Urban's fourth annual All 4 the Hall Benefit Concert performing alongside Rebels and Renegades' Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw and Eric Church, amongst others, has further solidified the respect that Urban has received as a musician and player.

In spring 2013, Urban released his first single in nearly two years, "Little Bit of Everything." In July, he launched the first outdoor summer tour of his career, Light the Fuse Tour 2013, with Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch. Urban's eighth studio album, "Fuse," was released in fall 2013.

In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Keith Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He is the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA's Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he's captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. More than 15 million albums later, Urban is a four-time Grammy Award winner, who has also won a People's Choice and American Music Award. He's won five Academy of Country Music Awards and had 14 No. 1 songs, including 28 Top 5 hits. In 2012, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. His latest CD, "Get Closer," comes on the heels of his fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum release. It has produced three consecutive No. 1 singles: "You Gonna Fly," "Long Hot Summer" and "Without You."

In 2009, Urban was named radio's most-played country artist, thanks to No. 1 hits such as "Sweet Thing," "You'll Think Of Me," "Only You Can Love Me This Way," "Better Life" and "Days Go By." In addition, his 2002 smash, "Somebody Like You," was named the No. 1 Country Song of the Decade by Nielsen BDS (based on radio airplay and audience impressions).

But Urban's reputation as an elite songwriter, musician, vocalist and virtuoso guitarist is no more evident than when he is onstage. His electrifying concerts have played to sold-out venues in Australia, Germany, England, Canada and the United States, all while receiving high praise from critics. In fact, 2009's Escape Together World Tour, as well as 2007's Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour, were both, according to Pollstar, one of the top-grossing tours for their respective years. Last year, his Get Closer 2011 World Tour solidified Urban as one of the music industry's best live performers.

In the U.S., Keith first came to prominence in 1997 as a member of The Ranch, a country rock trio. His first solo album in the U.S., 1999's self-titled effort, has since gone platinum signifying sales of more than 1 million copies. The CD spawned his first No. 1, the stirring "But For The Grace Of God." It also established his awe-inspiring prowess as a guitar player with lightening dexterity. But Urban was just getting started. In addition to the CMA and ACM awards, he also received his first Grammy nomination for best country instrumental for "Clutterbilly."

With 2002's "Golden Road," Urban moved from a newcomer to a star. His monster hit "Somebody Like You" spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Radio & Records Country Chart, followed by "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," which spent three weeks at No 1. All the activity understandably earned him Billboard's No. 1 Hot Country Singles and Tracks Artist of the Year in 2003 and Radio & Records' No. 2 most played male Country performer. The album has sold more than three million copies.

Urban's success kept growing. In 2004, he released "Be Here" and a superstar was born. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. It spawned a staggering three No. 1s on Billboard's Country Singles Chart: "Better Life," "Making Memories Of Us" and Days Go By." He was nominated or won no fewer than 16 awards around the globe, including two Grammy nominations, CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, ACM Album and Male Vocalist of the Year and an ARIA for Best Country Release.

Last year brought "Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing," which has already sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Like its predecessor, the album came in at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Chart. "Everybody," the album's latest single, continues to climb the chart, while the heartbreaking "Stupid Boy" reached No. 2 on Mediabase. The disc's first single, "Once In A Lifetime," set a since-broken record last year for the highest charting debut in Nielsen BDS-era on the Country chart.

Although he remains tremendously loyal to his Country audience, other radio formats have come calling. "You'll Think Of Me" reached No. 2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, while ""Making Memories Of Us," hit the Top 5 on both the Adult Contemporary Chart and the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart.

Other mainstream outlets have also been eager to showcase Urban's talent as a performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (in addition to acoustic and electric guitar, he also plays piano, ganjo, slide guitar and mandolin). His 2007 appearance on "Saturday Night Live" is one of the few by a Country artist in the show's 30-plus-year history. He performed at 2005's Live 8 global concerts and was one of the only Country performers at this summer's Live Earth concerts to build awareness for climate change. His performance of "Gimme Shelter" with Alicia Keys was a highlight of the worldwide extravaganza.

But the CDs only tell part of the story. His two long-form video collections have both been certified platinum. Additionally, Urban has become a must-see act on the road, a certified headliner, selling out shows on his own. Anyone who's witnessed one of his concerts knows it is on stage where Urban truly shines with the ability to stretch out musically and to connect with his audience. It is this connection and energy that he receives from his adoring fans that drives him.

Despite his extremely busy music life, Urban remains devoted to giving back to a number of charitable endeavors including W.O. Smith School of Music, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants requests for sick children.

Less than 10 years after his first solo album, Urban already has a Greatest Hits album as an audio scrapbook of his first decade. And the good news, is he's clearly just getting started.

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Age: 49 years old
Birthday: October 26, 1967
Height: 5' 10"
Full Name / Real Name: Keith Lionel Urban
Birthplace: Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
Wife: Nicole Kidman (6/25/2006, 2 children)

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