Seventeen years ago today (Dec. 15, 2003), Keith Urban earned platinum status (signifying sales in excess of one million units) for his self-titled debut album.
Keith Urban, which was released in 1999, was Urban’s first solo project since performing as part of the band the Ranch. The country star released the eponymous disc on Capitol Nashville, and it spawned his first No. 1 hit, “But for the Grace of God,” a song that Urban co-wrote with Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s.
Urban has gone on to sell more than 15 million albums and score more than 30 Top 10 singles, with more than 20 of them going all the way to No. 1. But in spite of all of his success, the singer says that he will always be proud of his first release.
“It’s a monumental feeling to get to the top of the charts. Especially now, there’s so many records out,” he tells The Boot. “Every artist that I’ve ever met, in country particularly, they just want to hear their songs on the radio. I grew up listening to the radio and loving it, and wishing I could get some songs on radio. So that feeling is exactly the same as it ever was.”
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This story was originally written by Gayle Thompson, and revised by Annie Zaleski.
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