Nothing comes down to real happiness than to listen to country music driving down the hills of mountain against cool breeze and fresh air.
Country music and country pop music has its special vibe with cheerful yet deep feelings. It has its origin from different influences, Appalachian tradition mixed with rhythmic and fiddle tunes from African immigrants and successfully met by ballad and folksong from the British Isles in the 18th and 19th century.
Therefore, country music itself is a representation of mixture of cultural experience where different genres are mingled perfectly to have created a new sensational genre.
When it comes to country music, you probably can think of many musicians including Willie Nelson, George Straight, Justin Moore and so on, but one whom Cross-Cultural Kids (CCKs) might identify the most with is Keith Urban.
Keith Urban is a New Zealand-Australian-American country music singer and a producer. He’s known for his strong voice with deep feelings and cheerful vibes. In the late 1980s, he appeared in a lot of famous TV shows and festivals in Australia posing his musical competency both as a solo artist or as a band member which eventually earned him great acknowledgement for his musical competency as a country music artist.
Subsequently, Urban transitioned his career in a bigger scale and started his career in the United States in 1991, where he developed into an enormous figure in the country music industry nationwide.
Urban released his first solo U.S. album in 1999. His singles, “But for the Grace in God” in his debut album and “Somebody Like You” in his “Golden Road” album released in 2002 earned the biggest country hit of the 2000s and hit the Billboard charts.
His single, “You Will Think of Me” in 2004 and “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Stupid Boy” in 2006 earned him Grammy awards. Urban’s third album, which contains the song “You Will Think of Me,” became his highest-selling album in both Australia and the United States, with more than four million copies sold.
Urban is also known as a “Kwaussie,” someone who is a dual national of New Zealand and Australia.
At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Urban was presented with the Recording Artists Coalition Award for promoting and supporting music education in schools.