Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent shows Down Under at age 8. As a teen, he continued to hone his skills, adding a rock-and-roll edge to his music. During the ’90s he was an Oz chart-topper but in 1997 he relocated to Tennessee, founded a trio called The Ranch and caught the attention of the country community. Over the years he stayed in the spotlight with his prolific output, good looks (his naked photos in Playgirl firmly established him as a sex symbol) and high-profile romance with Hollywood A-lister and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman.