In the early ‘90s, before becoming a mega-star, Keith Urban’s journey to country music success was often paralleled by a yo-yo diet of substance abuse. Indeed, his road to fame wasn’t always easy, and neither was his road to recovery.
Yet, time and time again, God always had a way of showing up for the budding country music star.
For example, when the Aussie moved to Nashville, he earned little success as the lead singer in the group, The Ranch. Temporarily impairing his throat, a doctor put him on vocal rest and it seemed like Keith’s fate was shifting towards becoming a session guitarist.
Rest assured God had a different plan.
On February 24, 2001, Keith’s song “But for the Grace of God” became a #1 breakthrough-hit. Co-written with Go-Go’s members Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin, the tune was featured on his 1999 US debut album “Keith Urban.” Although the song put his career in an upward spiral, he was still plagued by a serious drug and alcohol addiction.
Yet, once again, God stepped in.
Crediting his wife Nicole Kidman for saving his life, Keith’s long-term battle with drugs and alcohol finally ended when she staged an intervention in 2006. With a new look on life, Keith is currently in route to begin his 2016 “Ripcord” World tour.