The “Better Life” has come for Keith Urban, as later this month he will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. This Grammy, CMA, and ACM Award-winning country artist was invited by Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, and the Oak Ridge Boys to join the ranks as an Opry member, and on April 21, he will officially call the stage home. Josh Turner and other popular country artists join Urban on stage as he performs in celebration of this honor.
Keith Urban was born in New Zealand, though raised in Australia, in 1967. However, this country idol has been preparing himself for the journey across the world to Nashville his entire life. He started his country career with two of his fellow Aussies in the band Ranch. Although the group disbanded after their self-titled album debuted in 1997, Urban only rose to fame. Two years after he went solo, his first self-titled album came out with four hit singles. His second album featured the song “Somebody Like You,” which would later be named the #1 Country Song of the Decade.
Urban has six Country Music Association Awards under his name, including the 2005 Entertainer of the Year Award. His achievements don’t stop with CMA, however, as he also has six Academy of Country Music Awards, four Grammys, a People’s Choice Award, and an American Music Award. In 2009, he was dubbed radio’s most-played country artist. He has his number one hits, “Sweet Thing,” “You’ll Think of Me,” “Only You Can Love Me This Way,” “Better Life,” and “Days Go By” to thank for that.
Keith Urban has a lot of awards and top hits that accompany his name, but when you see him on stage, his talent and love for music show the strongest. He has played in sold-out venues across the world, including Germany, England, Canada, the United States, and his homeland of Australia. It’s a rare moment when Urban doesn’t receive high praise from critics who attend his concerts. An accredited journalist stated, “Urban is one of the best reasons in the world to attend a live concert.” Bold and gratifying words indeed, and attending his induction ceremony will only offer you the opportunity to agree with this statement as well.
The induction ceremony doesn’t only feature this talented Aussie, however. Josh Turner’s notable deep, alluring voice accompanies Urban for an evening of spectacular musical performances. Turner first came on the Opry stage eleven years ago, in a memorable concert no one soon forgot. Almost no one in the audience that night had heard of Josh Turner before, but when the curtain opened and the South Carolina-born country singer took the stage, no one could talk about anything other than his performance. His unique, deep voice mesmerized the crowd, earning the artist several standing ovations. “Long Black Train,” a song Turner wrote himself, eventually became his first hit after this concert event. Turner has also received many achievements. His second album, “Your Man,” was one of only four country albums to reach double-platinum status in 2006. In 2007, Turner himself became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, cheered on by many of the fans he attained during his first ever performance on the stage.
When attending the event, make sure to stay the night in comfort when you book a room at one of the hotels nearby Opryland. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel, the Radisson Hotel at Opryland, and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Opryland are just a few of the high-quality hotels you can choose from. Make it a vacation you’ll remember forever when you visit some of the other popular Nashville attractions, including the nearby General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises, the Discover Nashville Inclusive Tour, and the Homes of the Stars Tour.
Opry performances occur every weekend, but if there was any one event to attend, it would be this one. With these two incredible male performers, with more to join, the induction ceremony of Keith Urban is one that will stand out in Opry history forever. Create lasting memories with country music’s favorite Australian as you sing along to some of your favorite Urban hits, and learn some new ones along the way.