Keith Urban was joined by Kenny Chesney, pop singer-song- writer Richard Marx and several other friends Saturday (Oct. 4) to raise more than $100,000 for meningitis research at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. Urban hosted the second annual Max It Out benefit, an event named for Max Royka, his friend's 3-year-old son who contracted bacterial meningitis as an infant. The fundraiser also featured performances by Wynonna, Lee Ann Womack and Radney Foster. Explaining her involvement, Wynonna told CMT News, "Fame is good for a good seat in a restaurant and being heard, and unfortunately sometimes we need to use that fame to get people's attention. So I'll do anything. Use me. I'll march. I'll do whatever. I'm pretty blessed. I have two very healthy kids, so anytime I can do anything for children, I'm there." Crediting his friend, Chesney said, "Keith Urban has really gotten big time involved in it, and he's to be praised for that. I'm just proud to be here and be a small part of it." Urban noted, "This is a quantum leap from where we were last year. We were in a little barn last year and this year we've got a much bigger venue and a lot more artists. We're very grateful."
KEITH DROPS IN TO HELP WITH FRIENDS CHARITY
After the MWL taping on Thursday Oct 2nd. Surprise guest Keith Urban also dropped by the Ryman for the 3rd Annual Gibson/Baldwin All Star Music Bash, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. Keith shared the stage with Richard Marx for a couple of songs, much to the delight of the crowd. Keith also performed at last years event.
Benefit Raises Over $105,000 For Meningitis Research
Keith Urban was joined by a star-studded line-up as he hosted the 2nd Annual MAX IT OUT benefit for bacterial meningitis at Rocketown in Nashville this past weekend. The night featured a touching appearance by three-year-old Max Royka, the event’s inspiration, as well as Urban, who rocked on well after midnight with friends including Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Lee Ann Womack, Richard Marx, Radney Foster, Victoria Shaw and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. More than $105,000 was raised during the evening, for monies to be donated towards meningitis research at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Urban gave guests a surprise when during the auction for two Fender Guitars, signed by all the participating artists, he began jamming his hit "Somebody Like You" from Golden Road.
"After jamming on the guitar and raising all that cash for the cause, I was slightly freaked by the fact that when I looked down at the guitar I had worn out a signature," said Urban. "Good thing it was my signature, as all I had to do was re-sign it. So the guitar now features 1/2 of my signatures. It was a great night and I’m just glad everyone had fun and I’m already looking forward to next year."
The guitars raked in a cool $17,500 for the cause and several additional items will be available next week at www.keithurban.net.
Urban’s involvement in this cause has been determined and rock steady since he learned of Max’s illness. Soon thereafter the MAX IT OUT event was established. Although the now three year-old Nashville resident, Max Royka, is still dealing with the lasting effects of the infection, he has become a symbol of strength in the fight to find a cure.
The Wildhorse Saloon had a stampede of fans arrive when CMT's "Most Wanted Live" featured Keith Urban on last weekend's show. Nearly 2,000 fans packed the enormous club Saturday night, making it a near capacity crowd and definitely one of the largest audience turnouts for the CMT show. During his guest stint, Keith was presented with a plaque in honor of his platinum record, Golden Road.
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COUNTRY IN THE ROCKIES CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2003) – Music artist Keith Urban and champion figure skater Scott Hamilton are the first of an all-star lineup to be announced for the 10th annual Country in the Rockies, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2004.
The event at Club Med in Crested Butte, Colo., is the signature fund-raiser for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Nashville Division. It supports groundbreaking work by cancer researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Frances Williams Preston Laboratories.
The 2004 event will be a celebration of 10s – 10 years of the Preston Laboratories and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, 10 years of Country in the Rockies, and the ranking of Vanderbilt-Ingram among the top 10 places for cancer care, according to a national survey.
“Being able to announce the participation of Keith Urban and Scott Hamilton in this special ‘10-10-10’ celebration is terribly exciting and just a hint of things to come,” said Country in the Rockies co-chair Tom Annastas. “We are confident that Country in the Rockies X will be the most fun and most successful ever.”
Scott Hamilton is one of the most accomplished figure skaters in the history of the sport, excelling in both amateur and professional ranks. Among his career highlights are the Gold Medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics; four United States and World titles; and the "Stars on Ice" national skating tour, which he co-created and is co-producing. Since his successful fight against testicular cancer in 1997, Hamilton has been outspoken about cancer survivorship and has helped raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
Country in the Rockies co-chair Paul Corbin noted the “perfect marriage of music and medicine” that the event has achieved since it began in Crested Butte in 1995.
“Country in the Rockies brings together doctors and scientists with artists and songwriters – and friends and supporters of both groups,” Corbin said. “It is an incredible way to have fun while raising funds for important research that will save and change the lives of people facing cancer.”
The event has skiing and music at its core, but offers something for everyone. Outdoor activities include snow-skiing, including celebrity ski races; snowboarding; snowshoeing; dog-sledding; and horseback riding. Indoors, participants can take in all-star concerts on the Club Med stage, informal fireside “guitar pulls” till the wee hours; a celebrity Happy Hour in downtown Crested Butte; and silent and live auctions featuring travel, artwork, jewelry, celebrity and sports memorabilia.
The all-inclusive package includes lodging at Club Med, lift tickets, meals and hospitality, as well as the flight into the nearby Gunnison, Colo., airport and ground transportation to the hotel. Guests also receive a “goodie bag” with skis or snowboard, ski clothing, CD’s and other items.
The Martell Foundation and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have been partners in the fight against cancer since 1993, when the Preston Laboratories, supported by the Martell Foundation, and the Cancer Center were first established. Since that time, Martell has provided more than $13 million in important seed funding to “jumpstart” innovative science in the Preston Laboratories; in turn, that investment has been leveraged into more than $90 million in competitive funding from other sources, including the National Cancer Institute.
Proceeds from Country in the Rockies support the Preston Laboratories, named for the president and CEO of performing rights organization BMI. Ms. Preston is also president of the board for the Martell Foundation and serves on the board for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
The Martell Foundation’s support has contributed to Vanderbilt-Ingram’s growth and reputation, including its designation as one of only 39 National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers and its inclusion among the top 10 places for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” ranking. For More Info: Cathy Gurley 615-269-0474 Cynthia Floyd Manley Director, Media Relations and Publications Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 691 Preston Building Nashville, TN 37232-6838 615.936.5711 (office) 615.936.5879 (fax) www.vicc.org
URBAN WOULD LOVE MARRIAGE, BUT...
His hectic schedule of appearances and concerts means Keith Urban sleeps on his tour bus, which makes a relationship or home life near impossible. "I would love to be married," he reveals to theage.com. "I would love to have children, and I think I'd be a good husband and a good father. But you have to make sacrifices in a relationship, and I feel that one would suffer - my relationship or my career." The demands of his career keep loneliness at bay, for the most part. "When you're touring, it's wonderful," he says, "because you're always on the move. But anybody that's single recognizes that the hard part is when the work's over - Sundays, Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve - when everybody goes home. That's when you go, 'Oh, that's right. This is my home, out here in the middle of nowhere'." Urban sighs and continues, "It's what we're torn between, isn't it? Bitching and moaning and complaining about this life, and yet," a smile spreads across his face, "not wanting to give it up for anybody, or anything."
KEITH URBAN'S GOLDEN ROAD BEST COUNTRY ALBUM DOWN UNDER
On the eve of the launch of his Australian tour, Keith Urban appeared Tuesday night in Sydney, at the ARIA Awards (Australia's equivalent to The Grammy Awards) and simply stole the show. Not only did he take home Best Country Album for Golden Road, but attendees claim that his stellar performance of "Somebody Like You" was the highlight of the show.
Keith Urban's Golden Road won an ARIA award, the Australian equivalent of a Grammy, for best country album, on Tuesday (Oct. 21) in Sydney, Australia. Now touring with LeAnn Rimes in Australia, Urban also performed the hit "Somebody Like You" during the ceremony. Other nominees in the category included Bill Chambers, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey and Sara Storer.
For October 26th-born, Keith Urban, it was great hitting the top of the charts at the same time he celebrated his birthday.
"I'd like to thank everybody for giving me the best birthday gift ever - and two years in a row," said Urban. "Next year, I wouldn't change a thing. Guess I did pick a bad week not to play the lottery though."
"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," is the second song from Golden Road to reach #1 on both the Billboard and Radio & Records Country Singles Chart. The other was Urban's stand out hit "Somebody Like You", which went #1 last year at this time. The song went on to hold the #1 spot for a record tying 8 consecutive weeks.