Feb 4, 2009

Keith Urban Hits Sprint Center with Taylor Swift for Aug. 8 show

As if a night together with Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, one of the industry’s most explosive and critically hailed live acts isn’t enough, now comes word that Urban’s "Escape Together World Tour" together with KC Masterpiece® and Kingsford® stop in Kansas City, MO will also feature multi-platinum superstar Taylor Swift. Ticket prices start at $20 and are set to go on-sale for the show at Sprint Center on Friday, February 13th at 10am. They can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. If tickets remain, they can be purchased at the Sprint Center Box Office starting Saturday, February 17th.

"Taylor and I are going to give our fans in Kansas City a night to remember," said Urban. "A night where they’ll be able to leave their cares at the door and just let loose for a few hours." 2009 is already shaping up to be a busy one for Urban. Not only will May mark the launch of a North American concert tour that will visit fifty-eight cities, March 31st will see the release of a new album, Defying Gravity. The CD’s first single "Sweet Thing," has already become his 18th Top 5 Country single.

A headliner in her own right, Taylor will perform many of the songs that made her 2008’s best-selling artist (across all musical genres). The combination of talent that will take the stage in Kansas City is sure to give fans a show like no other this summer. "I have been a huge Keith Urban fan forever," said Swift. "I can’t wait to go on the road with him for a few dates this summer!"

Swift, whose Fearless was the biggest selling debut of 2008 by a female artist, will be appearing on nine other Urban dates. She currently holds the Billboard all-genre record for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year. At 17, Taylor became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own, and she is the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. Taylor Swift has surpassed triple-platinum status and spent more than 20 weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Country CD Sales Chart.

Fearless, released in November 2008, has already surpassed double-platinum status and has spent multiple weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Album Chart.

Taylor was named 2008’s Favorite Female Country Artist at the American Music Awards, Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, and won 2008 CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. In 2007 she won the CMA Horizon Award, as well as the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Songwriter / Artist of the Year, and she received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.