- NAME: Toby Keith
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: July 08, 1961 (Age: 52)
- Did You Know?: Toby Keith's "Should've Been a Cowboy" was the most played country music song of the 1990s, having been played more than 50 million times on country radio.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Clinton, Oklahoma
- Full Name: Toby Keith Covel
- AKA: Toby Keith
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Country music sensation Toby Keith is best known for his rousing anthems to the U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East.
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He and Nelson won an ACM Award in 2004 for the video for their duet, "Beer for My Horses."
His next effort, Honkytonk University (2005), featured a duet with country music icon Merle Haggard on "She Ain't Hooked on Me No More." The biggest single from the album was the ballad "As Good As I Once Was,
" which helped the album top the country and pop charts. The video for the song also won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Music Video of the Year in 2005. That same year, Keith was honored by his home state by being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
White Trash with Money was released the next year, and featured such hits as the upbeat ode to a good time "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and the wistful tune "A Little Too Late." In addition to being a strong seller, the album also received many positive reviews.
Keith has been on a winning streak that shows no signs of slowing down. In 2007, he released Big Dog Daddy and A Classic Christmas, which were both big hits with the record-buying public. Keith and his family resolved a very difficult personal matter around this time, reaching a settlement in their lawsuit regarding the 2001 accident that killed his father.
On the road a lot, Keith has made some life-threatening stops along the way. In April 2008, he played 18 shows for U.S. troops in Persian Gulf as part of a U.S.O. Tour. Keith even had to pause during one of his performances because of mortar fire, but he returned to the stage after the attack stopped.
Later that year, he starred in the big screen comedy Beer for My Horses as a small-town deputy who arrests a Mexican drug lord, which leads to the kidnapping of his girlfriend by the drug lord's brother. Keith co-wrote the screenplay and co-produced the film, which featured appearances by Ted Nugent and Willie Nelson. Sadly for Keith, the picture was panned by some critics. "Even ticketbuyers with a hearty appetite for hayseed humor may be repulsed by the coarse... tomfoolery," read a review in Variety.
While the future of his film career may be in question, Keith continues to thrive as a performer. He released That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy in 2008, which topped the country album charts and spawned two hits "God Love Her" and "Lost You Anyway." A popular live act, Keith maintains a heavy tour schedule. His 2009 Toby Keith's America's Toughest Tour featured dates in the United States and in Europe.
Keith released American Ride in 2009 and Bullets in the Gun in 2010, but it was 2011 that brought the singer even more critical acclaim. His 2011 album Clancy's Tavern featured the hits "Made in America" and "Red Solo Cup," with the latter song being written by The Warren Brothers, along with Brett and Jim Beavers—the only song not written by Keith. After Keith heard the song that went viral on YouTube, he worked with the ensemble to record a version and put it on his album.
Keith continued his hot streak with another album the following year, Hope on the Rocks. The album didn't fare as well as his previous, with the title track peaking at 29 on the Billboard country music charts. He released his next album, Drinks After Work (2013), not long after Hope on the Rocks. The album featured the popular single "Shut Up and Hold On" and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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