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Today is the 20th anniversary of Keith Urban’s first Billboard Country Singles chart topper “But For The Grace Of God.” I’ve worked in country music for a long time, and I remember attending a party at Nashville’s ASCAP headquarters on Music Row celebrating his first chart-topper.

At the time, obviously Keith was not yet a superstar, but everyone could see that the potential was there. Number One parties — a frequent occurrence in Nashville — are always fun. And, as a bonus, a lot of us were excited to meet one of the song’s co-writers, who was in attendance: Jane Wiedlin of the rock band the G0-Go’s.

I can’t remember if Keith made a speech, but I do remember how excited he was to make an impact as a solo artist after his work with his former band the Ranch and his guitar playing for The Dixie Chicks.

Keith Urban - But For The Grace Of God (Official Music Video)

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He was cute in 2001 (and of course, he still is) as he opened on Brooks and Dunn’s “Neon Circus Tour,” so I gathered some fun pictures from the time period that catapulted Urban to country superstardom.

Keith Urban In 2001 – A Breakout Year