Singer, songwriter and musician Toby Keith Covel was born on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Oklahoma. Keith started playing music at a young age after being inspired by the musicians who worked in his grandmother’s supper club. In the early ’90s, Keith signed with Mercury Records, and by 1993 his self-titled debut album was certified platinum.
His follow-up records, Boomtown(1994) andBlue Moon (1996), were equally successful thanks to such popular hits as “Who’s That Man” and “Me Too.”
In 1999, Keith moved to DreamWorks Records’ Nashville division, of which Stroud served as president.His first release for the label was “When Love Fades”, which also failed to make Top 40.
Upon seeing the single’s poor performance, Keith requested that it be withdrawn and replaced with “How Do You Like Me Now?!”, a song that he wrote with Chuck Cannon, and which had previously been turned down by Mercury.
It also served as the title track to his first DreamWorks album, How Do You like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at number 1 on the country charts, and became his first Top 40 pop hit, with a number 31 peak on the Hot 100.
It was also the top country song of 2000 according to the Billboard Year-End chart.The album, which was certified platinum, produced a Top 5 hit in “Country Comes to Town” and another number 1 in “YouShouldn’t Kiss Me like This”.
In 2001, Keith’s father was killed in a traffic accident. The incident, combined with the events of September 11, prompted Keith to write the controversial “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” which was hugely popular, particularly among military personnel.
Keith was named Entertainer of The Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002 and 2003. He received an additional surge of media attention in 2003 when he engaged in a public clash with Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks.
In 2007, he released Big Dog Daddyand 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 October 23, 2011, Clancy’s Tavern was released. The album included the single “Made in America”, written by Keith along with Bobby Pinson and Scott Reeves, which went to number 1.
Following it was “Red Solo Cup”, which had previously been made into a music video which became viral. Upon release as a single, “Red Solo Cup” became Keith’s best-peaking crossover, reaching number 15 on the Hot 100.
The album’s final single was “Beers Ago” at number 6 in 2012. In December 2011, Keith was named “Artist of the Decade” by the American Country Awards.
In 2011, Keith introduced a new drink named “Wild Shot”. At first it was only available in Mexico, but now is sold and served in America. It is a featured drink in his restaurant chain, I Love this Bar and Grill.