ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Four-time GRAMMY Award winner and American Idol® judge Keith Urban, long committed to numerous music education programs, today announced that he has teamed with leading interactive lifestyle retailer HSN to offer an affordable line of guitars to as many aspiring musicians as possible, as well as to those seeking to learn how to play. The URBAN™ Guitar Collection, which includes two one-hour instructional DVDs and his first custom created, limited-edition acoustic and electric guitar line, will become available for sale exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 A.M. (ET). A portion of the proceeds from the URBAN™ Guitar Collection, as well as guitar packages, will go to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (www.mhopus.org) and The GRAMMY Foundation (http://www.grammyfoundation.org/).
"I've watched some of the greatest guitarists in the world perform and I've seen people just learning how to play," said Urban. "The looks on their faces are almost always the same and the connection with the instrument is genuine."
The URBAN Guitar Collection features two versions of the "Phoenix Edition" guitar - electric and acoustic/electric – and will be available in Brazilian Burst, Emerald Brazilian Burst, Rich Black and Vintage Natural Ivory. It is part of a 21-piece set that includes a custom amplifier, coated guitar strings, embroidered guitar strap, guitar picks and more.
"We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to HSN," said Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs, an affiliate of HSN. "Great stories and great storytelling are at the heart of everything we do, and I can't think of a better guitarist and storyteller than Keith. His guitar-playing skills are legendary, and the passion he has for music will surely inspire our viewers to pick up a guitar and play when Keith makes his debut in November."
Urban recently released his seventh studio album FUSE, which marked the first time that ANY country artist has simultaneously debuted at #1 on the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He is currently on the road for his "Light The Fuse Tour". At each show, Keith uses the standard Phoenix guitar – the same guitar that will be available at HSN – and then signs it and gives it away to one lucky fan in the audience.
Urban has sold more than 15 million albums. He's won four GRAMMY Awards and was the first artist to win the Country Music Association's Horizon Award®, for best new artist, and go on to win Best Male Vocalist, a title he's captured three times, as well as the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. He's won five Academy of Country Music® Awards, an American Music Award® and People's Choice Award®. He's had 15 No. 1 singles and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums.
About Ingenious Designs, LLC:
IDL is a subsidiary of HSN, Inc. and was founded in 1991 by its president, Joy Mangano. Ms. Mangano is one of the most recognized and successful electronic retailing personalities in the industry today. With nearly 400 million sold, her famous Huggable Hangers® are in homes across the country! The company is a leader in designing, inventing, and marketing innovative and unique products including the original Miracle Mop®, My Little Steamer®, and the Clothes It All® Luggage System. In addition, IDL has broadened its scope by developing and managing product lines for icon and celebrated supermodel IMAN, celebrity chefs Todd English and Ming Tsai, and GRAMMY Award®-winning producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson.
HSN is a leading interactive entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, Fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 95 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website - HSN.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad®, iPhone® and Android™. HSN, founded 36 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI). For more information, please visit HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.