CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 Begins Oct. 8
Multi-Platinum Artist Keith Urban Headlines for the First Time; Tour to Coincide with Sept. 21 Release of Be Here

Keith Urban has been electrifying audiences across the country since his debut release in 1999. He's sold millions of albums, had four No. 1 singles, eight Top 5 hits and is Nashville's newest superstar. CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 will  mark the multi-platinum artist's first headline tour and "who wouldn't wanna be there?" Set to open on Oct. 8 at Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Ind., the first leg will include 20 shows over a five-week span. CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 will include performances in major cities across the country, including Dallas, New York, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Detroit and Cleveland. CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 is presented by Gain, sponsored by Sleep Inn.

CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 will highlight all of the hits from Urban's career including the songs that made him Billboard magazine's most played artist for 2003 ("Somebody Like You," "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" and "Raining on Sunday") as well as his third No. 1 track from Golden Road, "You'll Think of Me." In addition, Urban will perform his first No.1 hit, "But for the Grace of God," as well as his latest release "Days Go By" from his highly anticipated forthcoming Capitol Records release, Be Here, which hits stores Sept. 21.

Universal South newcomer, powerhouse singer-songwriter Katrina Elam, will open for Urban. Her self-titled debut album will be released Oct 5. Elam's first single, "No End in Sight," produced by Tony Brown and Jimmie Lee Sloas, was recently released and has already made its way into the Top 40.

Additional tour dates will be announced shortly. Ticket information, tour schedule and the latest tour news will be available here on CMT.com and at www.keithurban.net.

Select stops on the CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 will feature CMT's promotional vehicle, CMT Cross Country, which features a star-studded red carpet where fans can pose with their favorite life-size stand-up celebrity. At the end of the red carpet, fans can pose for a free laminate featuring their face on the cover of Country Music Today magazine. The walk-up tour, based out of a 53-foot promotional truck and trailer, will provide music fans with cutting-edge entertainment including games and a chance to win CMT prizes.

Following are the current CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here 'O4 dates and are subject to change:

Oct. 8: Muncie, Ind., Emens Auditorium
Oct. 9: Peoria, Ill., Civic Center
Oct. 10: Cincinnati, Ohio, US Bank Arena
Oct. 14: Houston, Texas, Jones Hall
Oct. 15: Austin, Texas, Stubb's
Oct. 16: Dallas, Texas, Nokia Live
Oct. 20: Birmingham, Ala., Concert Hall
Oct. 22: Savannah, Ga., Civic Center
Oct. 23: Atlanta, Ga., Fox Theatre
Oct. 25: Lowell, Mass., Tsongas Arena
Oct. 26: Fairfax, Va., Patriot Center
Oct. 27: New York, N.Y., Beacon Theatre
Oct. 29: Pittsburgh, Pa., Palumbo Center
Oct. 30: Atlantic City, N.J., Etess Arena
Nov. 3: Champaign, Ill., Assembly Hall
Nov. 4: Milwaukee, Wis., Milwaukee Theatre
Nov. 5: Detroit, Mich., State Theatre
Nov. 6: Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
Nov. 11: Lacrosse, Wis., Lacrosse Center
Nov. 12: Saginaw, Mich., Wendler Arena
Nov. 13: Cleveland, Ohio, State Theatre


Keith Urban Takes Center Stage
from Pollstar.com
All the time Keith Urban has spent on the road is paying off. The country star is finally getting his own headlining tour.
CMT On Tour: Keith Urban Be Here ‘04 will open on October 8 at Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Ind. The first leg of the tour will include 21 shows during a five-week span.
Up-and coming singer/songwriter Katrina Elam will open each show.
The outing will stop in major cities across the country, including Dallas, New York, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Detroit and Cleveland.
Urban will deliver all of his hits, including "Somebody Like You," "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "Raining On Sunday," and "You'll Think Of Me," as well as his first No. 1 song, "But For The Grace of God," and his latest single, "Days Go By."
His new album, Be Here, hits stores on September 21.


KEITH URBAN RECEIVES CMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATION
Keith Urban awoke Tuesday morning in Australia, to learn of his nomination for CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year. After completing his first full day of extensive interviews in support of the forthcoming release of BE HERE, Urban had this to say:
What follows below is an excerpt of a lyric from “God’s Been Good To Me”, a song from his forthcoming album BE HERE. Words and music by Keith Urban:
“He put me smack dab in the middle of paradise, in the heart of the city where my dreams have come alive. And everything I have, and everything I see, is just another reminder that God's been good to me.”
“God’s Been Good To Me” is a huge thank you to all in Nashville who have supported me,” said Urban. “I don’t think that I can think of a better way to express my gratitude.”
GOLDEN ROAD has now been certified platinum in every country since its release. This includes platinum certification in Australia, as well as double platinum certification in the United States.

Keith on Tv:
Good Morning America Sept. 22
The Tonight Show Sept. 23
The Ellen Degeneres Show Sept. 27
Offical Word from Publicist
Keith Urban and band parted ways last week (from the Tenesseean)

I've gotten a bunch of e-mails about Keith Urban and his band, and the answer is yes, Keith has parted ways with his band.
The move happened last week, and this has touched off some pretty weird and vicious Web activity and accusations.
Keith's publicist says to take no heed of accusations lobbed at the Aussie: Keith is just fine and everything's going great.
Keith has taken off for Australia for a promo trip, and he put the finishing touches on video for Days Gone By, and he'll come back to the States and get ready for a headliner tour, including auditioning new band members.
Rotating band members is nothing new on Music Row, the publicist said.
''Keith has tremendous respect for those guys in the band. He wishes the guys well,'' he said.

Album Review from MusicCountry.com
On Be Here - Keith Urban's powerful and deeply felt follow-up to 2002's double-platinum Golden Road - his heart and soul as a man and a musician comes through loud and clear. Be Here, co-produced by Dann Huff and Urban himself, is music from a young man who's lived a little, loved a little and battled a couple of demons along the way. There are songs here for the good times, such as "You're My Better Half," "Making Memories of Us" and "God's Been Good To Me." And there are songs that speak to life's darker patches, like "Tonight I Wanna Cry," "The Hard Way" and "Nobody Drinks Alone."
From the driving opening track "Days Go By" (the album's first single) to the graceful reprise of "These Are The Days," Be Here offers the sound of a gifted singer-songwriter and world-class player embracing life and savoring the chance to play another day. For more info on Keith, visit KeithUrban.net
Track Listing:
   1.   Days Go By  
2.   Better Life  
3.   Making Memories Of Us  
4.   God's Been Good To Me  
5.   The Hard Way  
6.   You're My Better Half  
7.   I Could Fly  
8.   Tonight I Wanna Cry  
9.   She's Gotta Be  
10.   Nobody Drinks Alone  
11.   Country Comfort  
12.   Live To Love Another Day  
13.   These Are The Days  

Format: Audio CD
Release Date: 09/21/04
Label: Capitol Records
Product Code: 10292


KEITH URBAN WILL MAX IT OUT FOR MENINGITIS IN NASHVILLE

Inspired by 4 year old - Bacterial Meningitis Survivor Max Royka. Max It Out is an event to increase awareness about meningitis and to raise funds for further research - a proactive approach in an effort to prevent others from contracting the disease. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Edwards Pediatric Meningitis Research Fund via Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. This is a non-profit, so all persons involved in the organization of this event do so as volunteers. This years event is February 22, 2005. You can learn more about Max and Max It Out by visiting the following websites: MaxitOut.org and InnerStrength.com 



September/October News
Keith Urban will drop by CMT's Top Twenty Countdown to premiere his new video "Days Go By" on Thursday, Sept. 16.
KATRINA ELAM STARTS TOURING
Brace yourself for big doings next month. Three days after KATRINA ELAM's self-titled debut disc comes out on October 5th, she'll hit the road with KEITH URBAN for "CMT On Tour: Keith Urban Be Here '04." The tour begins on Friday, October 8th in Muncie, Indiana. So far, 21 dates have been set, and more performances will be announced in the coming weeks. They've worked together before. Urban added some tracks to Elam's current single, "No End In Sight."

URBAN RENEWAL
The long-awaited video for "Days Go By" will debut this Thursday on CMT, and Friday on GAC. Insiders tout this as a breakthrough piece, featuring live stage footage and plenty of high-tech special effects. It's certainly one of the most ambitious videos ever produced by Urban's label, Capitol-Nashville. Catch it this Thursday (9/16/04) on CMT, and Friday on GAC.


NEW BE HERE '04 CONCERT DATES ANNOUNCED!

11/18 Columbia, MO / Hearne Center
11/19 Sioux Falls, SD / Sioux Falls Arena
11/20 Waterloo, IA / McElroy Auditorium
11/21 Topeka, KS / Expo Hall
12/2 St. Charles, MO / Family Arena
12/03* Rosemont  IL Rosemont Theater
12/04* Minneapolis MN Northrup Auditorium
12/06* Denver CO The Fillmore Auditorium
12/07* Salt Lake City UT E Center
12/09* Phoenix AZ Dodge Theatre
12/10* Tucson AZ Tucson Convention Center
12/11* Las Vegas NV House of Blues
12/14* Los Angeles CA The Wiltern
12/15* Los Angeles CA The Wiltern
12/16* San Jose CA The Theatre at HP Pavilion


"DAYS GO BY" GIVES KEITH URBAN 5th #1 SONG!
Sep 15, 2004
By PFA MEDIA
Keith Urban's "Days Go By" takes the top spot of both the Billboard and Radio & Records Singles Charts this week, marking his 5th #1 and 8th consecutive Top 5 song.

And as the Urban juggernaut prepares for the September 21st release of Be Here, CMT stands primed to debut the much-anticipated video for the chart-topping track.

Set to premiere on CMT's Top 20 Countdown on September 16th (6pm EST), the "Days Go By" video includes eye-popping visual effects as well as live performance footage from Urban's performance on August 9th in California. It is Wayne Isham's first video for a country artist in an award-winning career that has seen him direct videos for some of the industry's biggest rock and pop stars.

Urban heads out on a U.S. promotional tour next week before beginning preparations for his first headlining tour CMT ON TOUR: KEITH URBAN BE HERE '04, which will launch on October 8th.

FEATURED ARTIST   
Pollstar.com
Feature stories on artists and the music they make.
Keith Urban: Ready For The Big Time
By Phyllis Stark
If you had asked people in the country music industry during the past few years which artist they believe is primed for top-tier success, more often than not their answer would have been "Keith Urban."
Clear Channel Communications regional VP of programming Clay Hunnicutt calls Urban "one of the top candidates for the next level of superstardom. He has the complete package -- looks, style and the music to go with it."
It's no surprise then that executives at Urban's label, Capitol Records Nashville, are hoping his new album will finally propel him into the stratosphere, alongside Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney. The album, "Be Here," is out Sept. 21.
The past few weeks have been good indicators of Urban's success.
The album's first single, "Days Go By," is in its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. And in August Urban was nominated for a Country Music Association award for male vocalist of the year, alongside the format's A-listers.
Urban says he was awestruck by the CMA nomination. "I still somehow feel like I should be [carrying] a little hand towel and a tray, asking [the other nominees], 'Can I freshen your drink?'"
The new album follows his double-platinum "Golden Road," which remains in the top 15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart 101 weeks after its release.
"Be Here," produced by Urban and his "Golden Road" collaborator, Dann Huff, features nine songs written or co-written by Urban, including one he penned with Richard Marx. The album's choice covers are Rodney Crowell's "Making Memories of Us" and the Elton John/Bernie Taupin song "Country Comfort," previously recorded by John and Juice Newton.
The album's title reflects Urban's focus on "the importance of living in the moment."
Urban will support the album with his first headlining tour. Dubbed CMT on Tour: Keith Urban Be Here '04, the outing kicks off Oct. 8 in Muncie, Ind., and will span 20 shows in five weeks, including stops in Dallas, New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.
Universal South newcomer Katrina Elam is also on the bill. Urban plays electric guitar and ganjo (a guitar/banjo hybrid) on Elam's current single, "No End in Sight."
Urban has been busy promoting the album in his native Australia, where it is issued Sept. 20. During stops in Melbourne and Sydney, he packed 36 interviews into five days.
Despite a stellar recent past, Urban says he didn't feel any pressure to top his previous successes. And he doesn't view himself as a superstar in waiting. "When I look at myself, I see the guy that's still struggling," he says.
Noting that he has spent most of his life playing in clubs and trying to establish himself, Urban says, "When [success] starts happening, you keep viewing yourself as the guy trying to get there. I don't think that will ever change, because there will always be new horizons."


KEITH URBAN CRASHES INTO USA & AUSSIE POP CHARTS!

Keith Urban, the most successful Australian male artist in the world today has crashed into the USA Pop Chart (Billboard 200) with a huge #3 debut and the ARIA Chart at # 11 with his third solo album "Be Here".

The first single released from the album "Days Go By" has seen Urban score his 8th consecutive top 5 US hit, breaking "Air Supply's" record for an Aussie artist on the US charts. The song currently sits at #1 for the 4 th consecutive week, chalking up his 5th #1 chart topper in the USA. "Days Go By" has also been added to play lists across Australia including the cutting edge Nova FM network.

On the eve of his USA and Canadian headlining tour kicking off on the 8th October, Promoters Allied Artists and Michael Chugg Entertainment today confirmed Urban would be bringing his HOT US tour show to Australia in February 2005 with stops in Townsville, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart.

His huge Aussie fan base has been hanging out for news of the long rumoured tour. With a live show that has had all the critics raving these fans will be queuing for tickets to see their favourite live artists perform.

"The guy is simply a world-class performer and a superstar on stage" said Allied Artist's Rob Potts.

"If you haven't seen a Keith Urban concert, prepare to become an instant lifelong fan!" added Michael Chugg.

Tickets for his Australian Tour go on sale on the internet from October 11th and at all ticket outlets October 15.

In a summer full of International concert tours, Keith Urban's Be Here 05 Tour is THE ONE NOT to miss. Be There for BE HERE.

Tour Dates
Sat Feb 19 : Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sun Feb 20 : WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Tue Feb 22 : Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sun Feb 27 : Royal Theatre, Canberra