Toby Keith Covel, better known by his stage name Toby Keith, is an American country music performer, composer, actor, and record producer. He was born on July 8, 1961. Before departing Mercury Records in 1998, he put out his first four classic albums for the company: Toby Keith (1993), Boomtown (1994), Blue Moon (1996), Dream Walkin’ (1997), and a Best Hits package
His debut hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which dominated the country charts and became the most-played song of the 1990s, was among the Top Ten singles from these albums, all of which received Gold or higher certification. Since its debut, the music has reportedly been played three million times, according to Broadcast Media Incorporated.
Almost 40 million albums have been sold worldwide due to Keith’s 19 studio tracks, 2 Christmas recordings, and five compilation albums. He has 61 singles that have reached the Billboard Hot Country Songs records, with 20 going number one and 22 more getting the top 10.
“Beer for My Horses,” a collaboration with Willie Nelson from 2003, and “As Good as It Used to be Was,” from 2005, each remained at number one for six weeks. On January 13, 2021, President Donald Trump presented Keith with the Gold Medal of Arts during a private ceremony that included Ricky Skaggs.
Toby Keith Covel Early life
Carolyn Joan (formerly Ross) and Hubert K. Covel, Jr. welcomed Keith in Clinton, Oklahoma. He has both a brother and a sister. When Keith was in middle school, the family spent a short while in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but when he was still a little child, they relocated to Moore, Oklahoma (an Oklahoma City suburb).
He spent the summers travelling to Fort Smith to see his grandma before the family relocated to Moore. Keith was interested in the artists that performed at Billie Garner’s Steak House in Fort Smith, which his grandmother owned. Before stepping to the bandstand to play, he began doing various chores around the steak house. He was eight years old when he received his first guitar.
After completing his high school education at Moore, Keith worked as an oilfield derrick hand. He advanced through the ranks and is now an operations manager. Around the age of 20, Keith founded the Easy Money Band with his pals Scott Webb, Kenneth Cory, David “Yogi” Vowell, Danny Smith, and a few others. The band performed in neighbourhood pubs while Keith worked in the oil business. When getting an appointment to work in the oil field, he occasionally had to abandon concerts in the course of them.
Toby Keith Covel Career
Early in the 1990s, Keith travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, where he camped out and performed as a busker at Houndogs and on Music Row. He circulated copies of a band demo tape to the city’s several record labels. None of the record companies showed interest, and Keith felt disappointed as he went home.
By age 30, he had vowed to God and himself to either acquire a recording contract or give up using music as a vocation. The Mercury Records executive Harold Shedd received a copy of Keith’s solo project from a flight attendant who was also a fan while he was boarding the aircraft.
Keith provided the musical performance in a series of television commercials for Telecom USA’s 10-10-220 cheap long-distance service. He also appeared in Ford ads where he drove Ford vehicles while performing original songs like “Ford Ranger Man” and “Field Trip (Look Again)”.
On June 19, 2002, Keith attended the inaugural Total Endless Action Wrestling (formerly NWA-TNA) quarterly pay-per-view. Jeff Jarrett interrupted Keith’s “Respect and consideration of the Red, White, and Blue” performance during that event. Later, he would compete in the Gold main event of the Gauntlet, duplexing Jarrett out of the match. A little clip of the suplex is visible to all when he enters the stage.
Toby Keith Covel Personal Life
Keith attended Villanova University from 1979 to 1980, receiving an honorary degree. He had dreams of becoming a petroleum engineer.
Keith frequently attends Oklahoma Wildcats games and practises since he is a devoted supporter of OU athletics. He enjoys watching professional wrestling and has attended multiple WWE events in Oklahoma. On June 19, 2002, Keith also gave a live performance of “Respect and consideration of the Red, White, & Blue (The Passionate American)” at the inaugural TNA Wrestling event. He supports the Steelers football team as well. He is a Baptist of Free Will.
Keith and Tricia Lucus were married on March 24, 1984. He is the father of three kids: one son, Krystal “Krystal Keith” LaDawn Covel Sandubrae (born On September 30, 1985; agreed to terms with Show Dog-Universal in 2013), and two daughters, Shelley Covel Rowland (born 1980; adopted by Keith in 1984), and (Stelen Keith Covel, born 1997). He has four grandchildren as well.
After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery for six months, Keith revealed in June 2022 that he had been given the all-clear from stomach cancer somewhere at the end of the previous year. Keith stated in a news release from December 2022 that his cancer struggle has been “very devastating”.
Toby Keith Covel Net Worth
With a net worth of $365 million, Toby Keith is an American actor, record producer, singer, and songwriter specialising in country music. One of the most popular country musicians and composers in recent years is Toby. He is additionally an extremely successful businessman.