may be available for your next special event!
singer-songwriter Toby Keith was born Toby Keith Covel in
Clinton, Oklahoma, in 1961 and began playing guitar at age 8, but it
would be years before Keith would pursue music as a career.
He grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, with twin passions for
music and sports. He began playing football at five; at eight, in
imitation of the musicians who appeared at his grandmother's supper
club, he started playing guitar.
Toby Keith worked as a rodeo hand in high school, then took a
job in the oil fields after graduation. He also formed the Easy Money
band and played local honky-tonks on weekends. He worked on the oil rigs in
Oklahoma, where he worked his way up to operational manager (he worked
70 hour weeks running casing on a drilling rig). After three years in
the oil fields, the industry hit a major slump, and Toby cast his eye
back toward sports. He played two years as a defensive end for the
Oklahoma City Drillers, a semi-pro team, all the while continuing to
perform with his band. While playing with the Drillers, he tried out for
the Oklahoma Outlaws of the ill-fated USFL.
that league folded, Toby Keith reassessed his life, deciding that despite the
odds, he needed to pour himself into music. So he and Easy Money hit the
road. Toby concentrated on his writing, putting together a demo tape
that made a fan of former Alabama producer Harold Shedd. This led to
Toby signing with Mercury Records and releasing a self-titled album that
resulted in three #1 hits, "Should’ve Been A Cowboy," "Wish
I Didn’t Know Now" and "A Little Less Talk And A Lot More
Action," and the #5 hit "He Ain't Worth Missing."
Keith resided on the charts for a year, earning double-platinum
He became nationally successful
in 1993 with four hits from his debut CD – three of which he wrote.
The record spawned the Top 10 singles "Should've Been a
Cowboy," "He Ain't Worth Missing" and "A Little Less
Talk and a Lot More Action" and soon went platinum. Toby Keith
was named Top New Country Artist by Billboard Magazine.
He returned in 1994 with "Boomtown,"
a gold-selling following, and "Christmas
to Christmas," a collection of Christmas favorites. 1996's
Moon," produced by Keith himself, was another huge success, as
was 1997's "Dream
In 2001, Keith's name was included in six different
categories for the 36th Annual ACM Awards, including single,
song, video, album, male vocalist and entertainer.
Awards include --
- CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards -- Cocky Video of the Year 2003
- CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards -- Male Video of the Year 2003
- CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards -- Video of the Year 2003
- Academy of Country Music -- Entertainer of the Year 2003
- CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards -- Laugh Out Loud Video of the
- CMA -- Male Vocalist of the year 2001
- Academy of Country Music -- Male Vocalist,
Album of the Year 2001
- CMT -- Male Video Artist of the Year 2000
Hit songs include --
- American Soldier
- As Good As I Once Was
- Beer for My Horses
- Courtesy of the Red, White Blue (The Angry American)
- How Do You Like Me Now?
- I Love This Bar
- I Wanna Talk About Me
- I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight
- Love Me If You Can
- Me Too
- My List
- Should've Been a Cowboy
- Whiskey Girl
- Who's That Man
- Who's Your Daddy?
- You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This
- Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You
Toby Keith may be available for your next special event!
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Born: Jul 8, 1961
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