Keith Urban will receive the 2012 Harmony Award at the 28th annual Symphony Ball, event co-chairs Mrs. Ansel Lewis Davis (Jana) and Mrs. Orrin Henry Ingram II (Lee Ann) announced this evening. The award will be presented at the Ball on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Each year, the Nashville Symphony presents the Harmony Award to an individual who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s thriving musical community. “Music City is home to so many talented people who live and work here, and Keith Urban has been such a vital force in this community. What he brings to Nashville, his passion for music, his presence at Symphony concerts and his involvement in this community, is precisely what the Harmony Award symbolizes,” says Nashville Symphony CEO and President Alan Valentine. “There’s such a wide variety of music in Nashville. Whether it’s country, classical or jazz, this is the essence of what makes our city and its music so distinctive and special.”
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Urban moved to Nashville in 1992. His first American album came as a member of The Ranch (1997), followed by an increasingly accomplished series of multi-Platinum solo albums: Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004) and Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing (2006). Urban’s long string of No. 1 hits, 14 in all, include “But for the Grace of God,” “Somebody Like You,” “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “You’ll Think of Me,” “Days Go By,” “Making Memories of Us,” “Better Life” and “You Look Good In My Shirt.” He has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.