Toby Keith was born Toby Keith Covel on July 8, 1961 in Clinton Oklahoma. In the early stages of his life worked on oil-rigs and played semi-pro football, when he was younger in the summertime he would go to his grandmother's night club it is here when he gets into music. Toby Keith first breaks out in the music business in 93, with the no.1 hit "Should've Been A Cowboy" off his self-titled debut CD from Mercury Records. He followed with hits "He Aint Worth Missing", "A Little Less Talk And A lot More Action" And "He Ain't Worth Missing". The next album Boomtown was released in 94, with the single "Who's That Man" which reached no.1, followed by the top 5. hit "He Ain't Much Fun". The next album released in 1995 was a christmas album say the hit "Santa I'm Right Here". The following year saw the release of Blue Moon. with hit singles "Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You" and "Me Too." In 97 he released Dream Walkin, and saw to of its singles "We Were In Love" and "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop crying" a duet with Sting hit the No.2 spot "Dream Walkin" marked another no. 1 hit. In 98 Toby Keith released his last album with Mercury Records, Greatest Hit Vol.1 even though its lead single "Getcha Some failed to crack the top ten the album sold more then 2 million copies.
After leaving Mercury in 1999 Toby signed with Dreamworks Records and Released the album "How Do You Like Me Now?!" which was the lead single and spent 5 weeks at no.1 the next single "When Love Fades" was a top 20 hit. The following single "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This" spent 3 weeks at the top. The double-platinum success of How Do You Like Me Now?! also earned Keith some long-awaited award nominations. Keith won two Academy of Country Music awards in 2000, for male vocalist and album. In 2001, he won his first CMA award, for male vocalist. His 2001 album, Pull My Chain released three no.1 hits "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight, which spent a week at the top. "I Wanna Talk About Me", and "My List". spent 5 weeks a piece at no.1.
In 2002 he released Unleashed. The first single off of the album "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)", which he wrote in the wake of 9/11 is about his father's patriotism that pulled no punches. It peaked at no.1 over the 4th of July weekend. "Who's Your Daddy" was the next single also peaking at no. 1 followed where "Rock You Baby" which failed to crack the top ten by peaking at no.13 and "Beer For My Horses" a duet with Willie Nelson, which spent 6 weeks at number 1. Unleashed sold more then 3 millon copies. In 2003 Shock n' Y' All was released, The first single "I Love This Bar" spent 4 weeks at no. 1, The next single "American Soldier" also spent 4 weeks, while third "Whiskey Girl" anly spent a week at the top. In November of 2003, Toby Keith released Greatest Hits 2. with only to singles off the album. "Stays In Mexico" which peaked at no.3 and "Mockingbird" a duet with his daughter Krystal didn't even break the top 20. 6 months later he released his last DreamWorks Album Honkytonk University, and so far has released 3 singles the title track "Honkytonk U" which peaked at no. 8, "As Good As I Once Was" a smash hit that spent 6 weeks at the top and a total of two months in the top ten. "As Good As I Once Was" was also the last single he released for DreamWorks. On Sept 1. DreamWorks closed its doors and Toby Keith opened his own label called Show Dog Records The labels first single and Toby's third off of his Honkytonk University CD "Big Blue Note" is the highest debut single for any record label and is quickly making its way up the charts.