Keith Urban Recalls His First Trip to the U.S.A.

June 22, 2018
Keith Urban

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Originally from "down under," Keith Urban now has dual citizenships with the United States and New Zealand, and he says coming to the U.S. was something he'd wanted for a long time.

“1989 was the first year I came to the States, and it had always been my goal, but I had no plan on how to get here," he recalls in a statement from his label. "It was just a case of keep playing, keep getting better at what you do, and then hopefully, somehow, some way I’ll end up over here.

"The guy who was managing me at the time, we just planned a trip over here – it was actually for the New Music Seminar in New York. And we came over for that, and then we did a trip down to Nashville, and I was shopping my little demo around. I think I humored everybody more than anything else with my tragic, ill-fitting demo for the time," he continues with a laugh. "So, I left there, but I was just so committed to coming back as quick as I could.”