How will 2011 shape up for Keith Urban?
With all the success in 2010 it seems like Keith is rolling into the new year on a high note. His latest album is riding high on the charts. The first single from the album seems to be on its way to the top spot on the charts. Keith’s family life seems to be going great too. Wife Nicole and daughter Sunday Rose are mentioned with joy each time Keith’s discusses them in interviews. It sounds as if the young Urban will be performing and upstaging her folks in no time.
In 2010, Keith was one of the highest earning Aussies on a list that included his wife. In December Keith took part in an auction with other country stars to raise money for the Tennessee flood victims. Keith revealed that he and his family had gone through a tragic time when their house burned down. Keith was even affected by the flood as he lost several of his guitars that were stored in a facility in Nashville. It made the making of his latest album Get Closer more interesting, but things worked out for the best in the end.
Keith kept up the charity acts late in the year by offering his jeans up for auction (strangely the same size as me). Keith also dropped a little cash of his own on a few of life’s indulgences like, you know, an elevator for your car in a brand new apartment building.
2010 has sure been a banner year for Keith Urban
What does 2011 have in store?
Keith Urban in 2011
It’s only been a month or so since Keith released his latest album Get Closer. The lead single from the album Put You In A Song is closing in on becoming another number one for Keith. It looks like that will happen in early 2011. It’s hard to think of a better way to start the new year.
The tricky part is guessing what song will be the next single. I’ve been hearing Right On Back To You a few times on AOL’s New Country First radio station. It’s a pretty good tune and one that would slow things down from Put You In A Song.
What do you think the next single will be from Urban?
My favorite track on the album is Long Hot Summer. It’s another great track co-written by pop star Richard Marx. Urban and Marx have had a few hits now on radio and they’ve collaborated for another great tune again. The summer song will always be a part of music as the weather turns warm and toasty in the summer months. Perhaps this one will find its way to the radio as the 2nd or 3rd single from Get Closer.
Keith Urban on Tour in 2011
Keith’s schedule is full in the upcoming year as he heads out on the Get Closer World Tour 2011. Things get going this April in Australia and continue throughout the world.
Keith has long been recognized for his energized live performances. It seems like he’s actually stepped up his touring over the past few years. He won Entertainer of the Year in 2005 and probably could have kept on winning the award if not for the stiff competition each year in the category.
The only time I’ve seen Keith perform was back in the summer of 2006. He performed at a local festival where I live and he owned the stage. He came out as the headliner and I think the crowd was surprised at how good the show was. He never let up the entire time he was on stage, which had to be close to two hours. Since then he’s only racked up more hits so I’m sure his shows are just that much better and bigger.
Keith’s Media Expansion
Keith Urban has been one of the stars in country music to embrace new media. I didn’t catch on early to his video blogging, but after watching a few of the videos it’s wonderful what he’s doing to enhance his relationship with his hardcore fans.
Artists always have the battle of keeping some things private while letting their fans into their worlds enough. It has to be a balancing act all the time and Keith seems to have found a formula that works for him.
Even if it’s just taking 15 seconds to wish fans a happy holidays it goes a long way to let the fans know you care about them and want them as part of your life.
Keith has quite the collection of videos already stored on his own website and on sites like YouTube. It would take a while to go through them all, but there is no where else to find gems like behind the scenes footage of recording sessions and such.
Behind the Scenes – Put You In a Song
There are probably many more great videos coming from Keith as he tours the world and shares his thoughts and traveling experiences with his adoring fans.
Looking back on 2011
If we fast forward to this time next year it seems like an easy task to predict how Keith’s year will go.
He’ll have the tour under his belt. There will probably be three more smash hit singles complete with videos. Fans will be scooping up his latest album by the millions all over the world. By the time autumn comes around in 2011 there will probably be a few awards waiting for Keith. He hasn’t been winning as much recently as he probably deserves but that could all change here this year.
There are sure to be a few surprises along the way though.
I know he’s denied it, but will Keith ever get the itch to appear in any movies? What if he was offered a role in one of Nicole’s movies?
What if Keith and Nicole try to have more kids? That would make things interesting for the couple. They seem to be having so much fun with their little one already plus Nicole’s two children from her previous marriage.
2010 seemed to be a great year for Urban and 2011 is shaping up to be just as good if not better.
Bonus Video: Keith Urban – Long Hot Summer