Rewinding the Country Charts: 15 Years Ago, Keith Urban Notched His First No. 1 With 'Grace'
A co-write with two Go-Go's became his first of 15 leaders.
On Feb. 24, 2001, singer, songwriter and prolific guitarist Keith Lionel Urban, then 33, ascended to the top of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the first time with "But for the Grace of God." The unlikely trio of Urban and Go-Go's members Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin wrote the religious-themed ode to gratitude during a session in Nashville "in 15 or 20 minutes," Wiedlin recalled in a post on her website. "We just sort of bounced these ideas off [each other and] came up with the song."
"Grace" was Urban's third solo Hot Country Songs appearance (following two as a member of The Ranch). To date, he has tallied 15 No. 1s and 35 top 10s – the latter an active streak dating to 2000's No. 4-peaking "Your Everything," his single directly before "Grace."
Back as a judge on the final season of Fox's American Idol (with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.), Urban lives in Nashville with actress wife Nicole Kidman and is finishing his eighth studio album. His ripCord World Tour, supported by Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, starts June 2.