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Keith Urban net worth:
$75 Million

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Keith Urban is a successful singer, entrepreneur and also a songwriter. Keith is famous for such singles as “Somebody Like You”, “But for the Grace of God”, “Stupid boy”, ‘You’ll think of Me” and many others. What is more, Keith is known for being one of the judges in such shows as “American Idol” and ‘The Voice”. Keith has been nominated for and has won different awards. For example, ARIA Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Award, Billboard Award, Grammy Award, and many others. Not so long ago, Urban created his own line of guitars and accessories, which also made him more famous.

If you think how rich is Keith Urban, it can be said that Keith’s net worth is about $75 million, and this sum might change in the future.

 

Keith Urban Net Worth $75 Million

Keith Lionel Urban, also known as Keith Urban, was born in 1967, in New Zealand. When Keith was still very young, he became interested in acting and music. He also wanted to learn how to play the guitar as he was influenced by Lindsey Buckingham and Mark Knopfler. Keith started performing in various contests and also in clubs. In 1990 Keith released his first album and Urban’s net worth began to grow. Later he was a part of the “Slim Dusty” tour. In 1997 Keith formed the band called “The Ranch”, the other members of this band being Jerry Flowers and Peter Clarke. This as well made Keith Urban’s net worth grow.

In 1999 Keith released his first album in America, which gained a lot of success and made Urban more popular. Other albums released by Keith include “Golden Road”, “Be Here”, “Defying Gravity”, “Fuse”, “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing’ and others. All these albums had a huge impact on the growth of Keith Urban’s net worth.

As mentioned before, Keith has appeared on shows “The Voice” and “American Idol”. There he worked with such artists as Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj. These appearances made him more popular and also added to his net worth. Another activity which made Keith Urban’s net worth higher was the idea to release his own signature guitar line. These guitars and accessories were sold on the Home Shopping Network and some of the money earned was given to the Grammy Foundation and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

If to talk about Keith’s personal life, Keith is married to the well known actress Nicole Kidman and the couple has 2 children. All in all, it could be said that Keith Urban is a very successful musician who has achieved a lot during his career and will probably achieve even more in the future, as he still continues creating music and performing. There would be no surprise if Keith Urban’s net worth would grow in the future as he really has a lot of fans all over the world who would definitely enjoy his creative music and buy his albums.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
King of the Golden Sun 2018 TV Series performer - 1 episode filming
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards 2017 TV Movie performer: "The Fighter" / producer: "The Fighter" / writer: "The Fighter"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 5 episodes, 2014 - 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 performer: "Days Go By" / writer: "Days Go By"
The Voice TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Nashville 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles 2014 TV Special performer: "Don't Let Me Down"
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special performer: "Cop Car" / producer: "Cop Car"
Late Show with David Letterman TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Act of Valor 2012 performer: "For You" / writer: "For You"
The Marty Stuart Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Top 20 Country Countdown 2011 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
CMT Insider 2006-2011 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special performer: "Jolene"
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie performer: "Sweet Thing" / writer: "Sweet Thing"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary performer: "Lean On Me"
Best of CMT Music Awards 2009 TV Special performer: "Better Life"
American Idol TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
CMT Hot 20 Countdown TV Series performer - 8 episodes, 2007 - 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2008
20 to 1 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards 2007 TV Special performer: "Everybody"
Saturday Night Live 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Medium 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Race to the Red Carpet: 2006 Country Music Awards 2006 TV Special performer: "Better Life", "Tonight I Want to Cry"
Heroes TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Jericho TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Jolene"
Canadian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 TV Special performer: "Better Life" / writer: "Better Life"
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 "Somebody Like You" / performer: "Somebody Like You"
Slap Her, She's French! 2002 performer: "Walkin' the Country" / writer: "Walkin' the Country"
Kill the Man 1999 performer: "Lost In Love" / writer: "Kill The Man"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
O Idiota Sou Eu 2009 Short composer: additional music / composer: theme music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rabbit Hole 2010 very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Behind the Confessions: The Life, the Music and the Revival of Radney Foster 2009 Documentary
George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert 2009 TV Special documentary
2009 American Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 43rd Annual Country Music Association Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
CMT Star: Nashville Mansions 2009 TV Special Himself
2009 CMT Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Performer
2009 CMT Music Awards Live Red Carpet Special 2009 TV Special Himself
The Book Lady 2009 Documentary Himself
44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2009 TV Special
Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 TV Movie Himself
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Performer
CMT 100 Greatest Videos 2008 TV Movie Himself
42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards 2008 TV Special Himself - Performer
Keith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour 2008 Video Himself
CMT Star: Escapes 2008 TV Movie Himself
CMT Star: Filthy Rich Countdown 2008 TV Movie Himself
Fashion Rocks 2008 TV Movie Himself
NFL Kickoff 2008 2008 TV Movie Himself
43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2008 TV Special
Academy of Country Music Awards Red Carpet Show 2008 TV Special Himself
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Performer
Live Earth 2007 TV Special documentary Himself
2007 CMT Music Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Performer
eTalk Daily 2007 TV Series Himself
Canada A.M. 2007 TV Series Himself
Keith Urban: Inside These Walls 2007 Video Himself
Saturday Night Live 2007 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Wetten, dass..? 2007 TV Series Himself
One on One 2007 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
CMT Giants 2006 TV Series Himself
CMT: The Greatest - 40 Days That Shaped Country Music 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The CMT Music Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Sexiest Men 2006 TV Special Himself
CMT: Greatest Men 2005 2005 TV Movie Himself
2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
2005 American Music Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
39th Annual Country Music Association Awards 2005 TV Special Performer
The 19th Annual ARIA Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
GMTV 2005 TV Series Himself
Keith Urban: Livin' Right Now 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Himself
CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party 2005 TV Movie Himself
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The Late Late Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The CMT Music Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Keith Urban: The Road to Be Here 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Good Morning Australia 2004 TV Series Himself
Rove Live 2004 TV Series Himself
Academy of Country Music Pre-Show 2004 TV Movie Himself
The 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Pre-Party 2004 TV Special Himself
CMT Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Here Spring Break Special 2004 TV Special Performer
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2004 TV Series Himself
The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Austin City Limits 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Barely Famous 2004 TV Series Himself
2003 Radio Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The 17th Annual ARIA Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Micallef Tonight 2003 TV Series Himself
CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Pre-Party 2003 TV Special Himself
AOL Sessions 2002 TV Series Himself / performer
The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Pre-Party 2002 TV Special Himself
The 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014-2017 TV Series Himself
Today 2015-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - American Idol
Extra 2015-2017 TV Series Himself
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 TV Special Himself
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund 2016 TV Movie Himself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2016 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
The 50th Annual CMA Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2007-2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts 2016 TV Movie Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2016 TV Special Himself
Good Morning America 2013-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Keith Urban on AT&T Live 2016 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2016 TV Series Himself
Dish Nation 2016 TV Series Himself
American Idol 2008-2016 TV Series Himself - Judge / Performer / Himself
51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live 2015 Video Himself
2015 CMT Music Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Red Nose Day 2015 TV Special Himself
Country: Portraits of an American Sound 2015 Documentary Himself
50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
Conan 2013-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Presenter
CMT Artists of the Year 2014 2014 TV Movie Himself
2014 CMT Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Teens Wanna Know 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
2014 Billboard Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Special Appearance
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014 TV Series Himself
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 2014 Documentary Himself - Musician
John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly 2014 Documentary
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles 2014 TV Special Himself
Fox and Friends 2014 TV Series Himself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Performer
Good Day L.A. 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
Front and Center 2014 TV Series Himself
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 2013 Video Himself
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night One 2013 TV Movie Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2009-2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The View 2004-2013 TV Series Himself
2013 CMT Music Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - At the Grammys
The Oscars Red Carpet Live 2013 TV Movie Himself - Interviewee
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee (uncredited)
CMA Country Christmas 2012 TV Movie Himself
The 2012 American Country Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Voice 2012 TV Series Himself - Coach
Today 2004-2012 TV Series Himself
Inside Music Row 2012 TV Series Himself
Headline Country 2008-2012 TV Series Himself
CMT Insider 2005-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Correspondent
47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
CMA Country Christmas 2011 TV Movie Himself
The 45th Annual CMA Awards 2011 TV Special
Dolly Parton Tour TV 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock 2011 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Crook & Chase 2011 TV Series Himself
The Marty Stuart Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
2011 CMT Music Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Performer
MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young 2011 TV Movie Himself - Singer
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Performer
Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert 2011 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The 7PM Project 2009-2011 TV Series Himself
46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
La noche de los Oscar 2011 TV Movie Himself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie Himself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2011 TV Series Himself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
CMA Red Carpet Show Live 2011 TV Movie Himself
CMT Hot 20 Countdown 2010 TV Series Himself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2010 TV Series Himself
The 44th Annual CMA Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Performer
CMA Music Fest 2010 2010 TV Movie Himself
CMT Crossroads 2005-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself - Performer
2010 CMT Music Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Video of the Year / Winner: Male Video of the Year 'Til Summer Comes Around'
ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn -- The Last Rodeo 2010 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2015-2017 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2017 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Himself - Albuquerque Concert
The Insider 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Himself
Australian Story 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Voice Coach
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2014 TV Series Himself
The Voice 2013 TV Series Himself - Coach
CMT Insider 2006-2012 TV Series Himself
Top 20 Country Countdown 2011 TV Series Himself
Best of CMT Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
CMT Hot 20 Countdown 2007-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Performer
Top 50 Videos of 2008 2008 TV Movie Himself
20 to 1 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Headline Country 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
Race to the Red Carpet: 2006 Country Music Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
CMT Crossroads 2006 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Vocal Performance - Male For the song "'Til Summer Comes Around."
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Vocal Performance - Male For the song "Stupid Boy."

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Solo Performance For the song "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16."
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance · Eric Church
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Solo Performance For the song "Cop Car."
2014 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance · Tim McGraw
· Taylor Swift
2013 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Act of Valor (2012) · Monty Powell
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song Act of Valor (2012) · Monty Powell (written by)
2011 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Country Artist
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Long Form Music Video Keith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour (2008) · Christopher Hicky (video director)
· Blake Morrison (video producer)
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Album For the album "Defying Gravity."
2009 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Collaboration with Vocals · Trisha Yearwood
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Album For the album "Be Here."
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Vocal Performance - Male For the song "You'll Think of Me."

TitleSalary
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002) $5,000,000 (2013)

#Fact
1 Diagnosed with a slipped disc [August 26, 2008].
2 Eldest daughter Sunday Rose was born at 9:00 Central Daylight Time weighing 3.359431 Kilos or 7 lbs 6.5 oz at 38 weeks gestation.
3 Has two daughters, with wife Nicole Kidman, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, born on July 7, 2008 and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born December 28, 2010 (via a surrogate) in Nashville, Tennessee.
4 Keith purchased a farm in Leipers Fork on September 27, 2007.
5 Uncle of Antonia Kidman's children Lucia, Hamish and James.
6 Hugh Jackman sang "Tenterfield Saddler", a favorite of Urbans's and Neil Finn sang "Fall At Your Feet" and Baz Luhrmann read a love Psalm by New Zealand writer Joy Cowley at Keith's wedding to Nicole Kidman.
7 Antonia Kidman was one of the bridesmaids at his wedding to Nicole Kidman.
8 Checked himself into a rehabilitation treatment center of alcohol abuse [October 19, 2006].
9 Sang his hit song "Making Memories of Us" to his wife at their wedding reception.
10 At his wedding to Nicole Kidman, his brother, Shane Urban, was his best man. Marlon Holden was his groomsman.
11 At his bachelor party, when asked by the Australian press about his feelings on his upcoming nuptials to Nicole Kidman the next morning, he replied "I'm ready!".
12 Ammong the guests at his wedding to Nicole Kidman were Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann and Naomi Watts.
13 His wedding ceremony lasted 35 minutes
14 Stepfather of Nicole Kidman's children: Isabella Cruise and Connor Cruise.
15 Married Nicole Kidman in the St. Patrick's church in Manly, a suburb of Sydney
16 230 guests attended his wedding to Nicole Kidman. Among them were Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Baz Luhrmann,Jane Campion, Hugh Jackman and Nicole's two children Isabella and Conor.Jim Carrey was also invited and greatly wanted to come, in fact he booked plane tickets to Australia, but last minute scheduling conflicts stopped him from going.
17 He and Nicole Kidman asked their wedding guests not to buy any presents but to donate the money instead to some humanitarian organization.
18 He and Nicole Kidman honeymooned in Taihiti
19 Brother-in-law of Antonia Kidman.
20 Engaged to Nicole Kidman.
21 Became the first artist to win Male Vocalist of the Year (2004, 2005), Entertainer of the Year (2005) and the Horizon Award (2001) at the Country Music Association Awards
22 Was accompanied by his girlfriend Nicole Kidman to the Grammy Awards in 2006. It was their first public appearance together.
23 2005 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.
24 He was raised in Australia. He moved with his parents and brother to Brisbane, Queensland when he was 2. They later moved to Caboolture, about 1 hour north of Brisbane.
25 Instruments he can play: Guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, ganjo (a 6 string banjo), sitar, & piano
26 Influences: Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Don Williams, Mark Knopfler, Freddie Mercury, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton.
27 First paying non-music job: at a concert lighting company.
28 He became the first Kiwi to win the CMA Male vocalist of the Year in 2004.
29 Pet Peeves: People who don't look you in the eye when they shake your hand and leave lint in the lint filter or a dryer. And people who show you a bunch of photographs and half of them are out of focus.
30 Posed in the April 2001 edition of Playgirl.
31 Scored his first No. 1 hit on Billboard magazine's Country Singles and Tracks chart with "But for the Grace of God" in February 2001.
32 Before venturing forth as a solo country music artist, was a member of the mid- 1990s country band called "The Ranch."

#Quote
1 [observation, 2014] The simplistic thing for me is I make music and I play music, and there are so many ways for people to discover new music these days..I started playing when I was six, so I didn't pick up the guitar to pick up chicks, not at six years of age. I started playing because I loved music. And that joy's there, as much as it's ever been in my whole life.
2 [on working with Harry Connick, Jr.] We really come from that same place. Very, very serious about music, but total goofballs as well. Really bizarre, weird, stupid, twisted, sometimes juvenile senses of humor. Just always on the same page. I think talking with him and working with him like I do, its like we're playing instruments. We're riffing, we're jamming with each other, except we're just doing it verbally.
3 Yeah, it sounds like such a bohemian thing to do, doesn't it? But as badly as Alabama wanted that song ("Walkin' the Country"), I thought we needed the song. I didn't have a deal at that point, but I thought that would be one of the key songs for us. It was a perfect marriage of lyric and melody and groove that summed up what we were about. I was renting a really old house, for $400 a month, over in Berry Hill. But the money's no good if you haven't got a career. I can't buy a career, and I believed in that song as a way to get my thing out there. Even if it only ended up on CMT, which is what happened, that's good enough. I do care about money, but I've never done anything for the money. . . . My first thought is credibility: doing what you do and not getting swayed by whatever everyone else tells you.
4 I love playing, and I love getting lost in the moment. I like entertaining, and to me it's a huge lot of tongue-in-cheek. The swagger is just rock-star stuff. You're playing a star, and it's totally fun. You know, it's scary. Staying right on the corner of art and commerce is a tough place to be. It's a visual medium, and you have to use everything you've got. I'd like to be able to do both: have the substance and the flair. That's what I'd like, but the balance is tricky.
5 Oh, I'm very fortunate to be doing what I'm doing. Again, I just had a crazy singular focus of what I wanted to do and that was live in Nashville, make records and tour. It wasn't any more specific than that. It wasn't how many records, how many songs, or how high in the charts. And awards, they never entered into it. I just had this vague overall plan. It just started coming together. Every day I look around and say, 'God, this is amazing.'
6 I feel more comfortable now with or without a guitar. It used to be much more like Linus and his security blanket, definitely.
7 I try to have people around me that are 'born-to-be's: I was born to be a bass player. I was born to be a front-of-house engineer. That's my favorite kind of person to be around. Not someone who's dabbling or semipassionate about it. This has got to be what you live and die for. This is it. Life's too short, man.
8 I'm really a one-day-at-a-time kind of person, especially now in my life. I read this quote recently: 'Every day, you get better or you get worse. What did you do today?' It's so blunt, but it resonated with me. I think about that before I go to bed each night. It's great to be able to think, 'Today, I got better.' It's great having that sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
9 I think what's lacking now is artist development. I think record companies don't seem to take time to develop acts and let them sort of nurture their craft and find their audience and just develop. There's so much emphasis on the immediate hit, and the immediate hit record and once you don't have any more hits then you're gone. Then you sort of haven't been cultivated, so, I think that's the biggest difference right now.
10 I think, you know, the only frontier left for music is fusion, styles, and the constant evolution of country is fascinating to me because what's accepted now wasn't accepted a certain time ago and that's a cyclical thing.
11 When you're touring, it's wonderful because you're always on the move. But anybody that's single recognises that the hard part is when the work's over - Sundays, Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve - when everybody goes home. That's when you go, 'Oh, that's right. This is my home, out here in the middle of nowhere'.
12 It's interesting because I've spent all my life playing live, and having people comment on my guitar playing, but I've always wanted to put more focus on the songs and the singing. So now, it's kind of funny, because I'm in a position with 'Your Everything' and 'But For the Grace of God,' where people don't know I even play the guitar! It's just this wonderful thing ... because I've spent so much of my life struggling to make the other thing known, and then the reverse has happened with the nomination for the Grammy for the instrumental. But, with these songs charting, it's just a beautiful balance.
13 I think a lot of time artists who go out and make a second album too quickly haven't got out and done anything, and everything they've been immersed in is kind of a surreal existence. And I think a lot of times that's why the second records suffer ... so I'm trying not to get caught up in that.
14 It's not an indulgent type of performance when I play live, but there is a lot of passionate guitar playing involved, and it's as equally predominant as the singing and performing - if not just a little bit more so. It's definitely a focus of the show ... and we do have a tendency to play longer than we're supposed to! Once we get into the groove, we're kind of like long-distance runners - that adrenalin kicks in for me and I just keep running - and I don't stop!
15 For me, my gift is music, and I would probably play a song for them and let them find something in there that they connect with, because everybody's struggles are different. It's easy for someone who's not going through it to say, 'Oh, well just hang in there,' but I think it's okay to be hurt and crushed and cry and be angry and frustrated - that's all part of it. I think people stopping you from doing that is not helpful at all. It's important to rally around people that love you, because you tend to -- I certainly tend to isolate myself away from people so as to not worry them, but the people that love you worry anyway, so, you may as well rally yourself around them and let them be there for you 'cause there's a huge chance that they'll need you sometime too.
16 I have this need to keep country being perceived as a cool genre and a broad genre. I really think that country is a genre as big as rock and roll. I would love to get to the point where someone asks, 'What kind of music do you play?' I say, 'Country.' And they say, 'Great. What kind?'
17 You definitely get to a point where you stop seeing your parents as your mom and dad and see them as people who tried to have a family and still tried to achieve what they wanted with their lives.
18 A huge part of my confidence came from audience reaction. I'd had that throughout my life, but when I got to Nashville I realized that I didn't know who I was offstage. I hadn't spent a lot of time with that guy, and I didn't like him very much. I found him geeky and a nerd. He was schizo and unorganized. The guy onstage was focused, with everything centered. The guy offstage was just a wreck.
19 The hardest thing I've dealt with was figuring out what to do after The Ranch. I thought, 'I'm lost out in the ether.'
20 Hearing Bruce Springsteen sing Born To Run, you know what his goal was. A man on a mission is a great thing to witness in any form. That's fantastic and inspiring. I have had moments of worrying about this: I don't have a mission that has a real focus. I didn't have a plan when I got into this. My only plan was to tour successfully and be on radio. Now that it's happening, I've thought, 'I need a new plan.'
21 Well I have always seen myself as country but I spent so many years in Australia playing in these pubs where you had to be aggressive with your playing. You tend to start performing with a certain conviction and a certain energy. So that's what I was performing with when I got to Nashville, which just freaked them out, you know.
22 My goal was always to get to Nashville. And I sort of made the decision that I could stay in Australia and keep building my career. But the minute you go to Nashville, you start all over again anyway. So if I'm going to starve, and pay my dues in Nashville, let's go. Let's start it now and not in five or 10 years.
23 I also think people like myself have the attention span of a gnat!
24 I'm very comfortable around cattle. I can ride a horse alright. I can collect eggs and I can clean out a pigsty!
25 "It makes me feel a bit naked and vulnerable, but I think that's part of being true to yourself and committing to your music. It's therapeutic too going to the studio everyday is like lying on a therapist couch.
26 I'm grateful when anybody can start to have his or her limited perception of the genre open up a little bit. There's a lot of great music in the country genre that doesn't get heard because people say, 'Well, I don't like country.'
27 It was the frustration, not being able to get in my car and drive home to center myself. I was in this surreal world full of nobody I trusted and getting hit on the head constantly. You're thinking `this is the best I can do and it's not working, what more can I do?' It was a cheap escape - well it wasn't cheap - but it was just a pathetic escape mechanism. I couldn't leave so I left by being somewhere else in my head. It wasn't the greatest career move, it distracted me from music. But when your entire life is centred on this one goal, are you really going let the drugs take it away from you?
28 I knew I could contribute but people would offer me all sorts and behind my back they just found my quest laughable. It was awful, I'd be crying driving down to the studio some days, just crying, thinking I hate this, I don't want to sit in this room with some guy I've never met before and try and write a song. That's really awkward.
29 It's what we're torn between, isn't it? Bitching and moaning and complaining about this life, and, yet, not wanting to give it up for anybody, or anything.

#Trademark
1 A monkey holding a guitar above its head

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