Born July 8, 1961, Toby Keith Covel was the second child of Joan and Hubert Keith (HK) Covel. He was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, and grew up with his sister (Tonnie) and his youngest sibling (a brother, Tracy) in Moore, Oklahoma. After graduating from Moore High School; Toby did not go on to college, but went to work in the Oklahoman oil fields with his father. He later met and married Tricia Lucus, whose child, Shelley Reeve, he adopted. He later had two children with Tricia - Krystal (born in 1985 and married in 2011), and Stelen (born in 1997, and the only son of Toby and Tricia).
At the time in which Krystal was born, the Oklahoma oil industry had collapsed; leaving Toby, Tricia and their two daughters in financial troubles. Touring with his band- the Easy Money Band -, Toby got them all out of debt. After signing a deal at Mercury Records, his debut album "Toby Keith", which contained his first chart topper, "Should've Been A Cowboy", finally established him as a professional singer/songwriter. He then left Mercury for a period of three years. Coming back in 1997, he released his final studio album for Mercury, "Dream Walkin'".
A year after his first Greatest Hits compilation came out from Mercury; he and his producer, James Stroud, left the label. He then signed a deal with DreamWorks Records, headed by his producer. Since releasing his fifth album, "How Do You Like Me Now?!", and its title track (written by Toby and Chuck Cannon); the then-DreamWorks, now-Showdog Tunes-signed singer and BMI-affiliated songwriter has seen success like never before. That success can be measured with at least five more studio albums since "How Do You Like Me Now?", more #1 singles, Academy of Country Music Awards (including two "Entertainer of the Year" awards) and other kinds of awards, and another Greatest Hits contemplation (including songs from albums "How Do You Like Me Now?", "Pull My Chain", and "Unleashed", and a cover of "Mockingbird" with his daughter Krystal, who is scheduled to release her debut album in December 2011).
Toby also has since opened his own record label, the aforementioned Showdog Tunes.
|Patricia "Tricia" Lucas||(24 March 1984 - present) 3 children|
Many of his songs are either about having good times or are patriotic and allegedly-right-wing political commentaries, though he is a known Democrat and has supported both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
His bandanna on his head
His straw cowboy hat
Started his own band, "the Easy Money Band", and played in honky tonks all across America before making it big.
His first single, "I Should Have Been a Cowboy" was named by Billboard Magazine, the most played Country song of the 1990s.
Has a daughter, Krystal. She sang with him on the CMA Awards 2004.
Before singing country music, was a semi-pro footballer player. He played defensive end.
His #1 single "As Good As I Once Was" is his second-fastest rising #1 since "The Angry American", and the fastest since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying". His latest album, "Honky Tonk University" has been certified platinum in just a few weeks.
Celebrated his 21st #1 Country single with "As Good As I Once Was", his 10th #1 in only 5 years, with a total of 38 weeks combined at the top of the Country Charts with his hits.
Opened a restaurant in Oklahoma City, called the "I Love This Bar And Grill", with locations in Kansas City and Las Vegas planned.
Opened his own label, Show Dog Records, with his new album, "White Trash With Money" being the first album released by the label. He will also release the soundtrack to his movie Broken Bridges (2006) on Show Dog Records.
Has a beverage called "Wild Shot".
Wife Tricia is a Republican in contrast to her Democrat-turned-Independent husband.
His daughter is country singer-songwriter Krystal "Krystal Keith" Covel Sandubrae. Born Krystal LaDawn Covel in 1986, she married Andrew Sandubrae on October 23, 2010. He also has a son, Stelen Keith Covel, and an adopted daughter, Shelley Covel Rowland.
Here's the thing. Just because you're pro-troops doesn't mean you're pro-war. And just because you're anti-war doesn't mean you're anti-troops. Just because you don't support the war people think you are anti-troops and you are a bad guy. And just because you go support the troops and rah-rah the troops up all of a sudden you're pro-war. Those are the two biggest misconceptions of the whole thing
I always vote for the guy I think can get it done. And it ain't nobody's business who I vote for, but I voted for Clinton twice. And that just blows peoples minds when they hear that.
(May 2005) Released his 10th Studio Album, "Honky Tonk University", on May 17, 2005, and is currently on tour.
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