He was born Toby Keith Covel in Clinton, Okla., in 1961.
In 1993, singer/songwriter Toby Keith released his self-titled debut album on Mercury, earning him chart success with "Should've Been a Cowboy." "Who's That Man," the lead single from his second album Boomtown, became his second No.1. Keith followed that year with Christmas to Christmas and returned with the platinum album Blue Moon in 1996 which included the No. 1 song "Me Too." Released in 1997, Dream Walkin' marked his first collaboration with prolific producer James Stroud.
In 1999, he followed Stroud to the Nashville division of DreamWorks. His label debut How Do You Like Me Now?! appeared in late 1999, earning him an Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year; he also took home the trophy for Male Vocalist of the Year. In the meantime, Keith made cameo appearances on Touched by an Angel and in a Dukes of Hazzard television reunion. Following his success in the '90s, Keith continued to release hit albums such as Pull My Chain, Unleashed, Shock'n Y'All, and HonkytonkUniversity. His singles "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," "I Wanna Talk About Me," "My List," "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," and "Who's Your Daddy?" are just a few of his many No. 1 singles.
In 2006, Toby established his own company, Show Dog Nashville, and released the label's first record, White Trash with Money. A year later, he released Big Dog Daddy, his first self-produced album, and a holiday album, A Classic Christmas. That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy followed in 2008. He released American Ride in 2009, scoring another hit with the title track as well as "Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)."
In total, Keith has 10 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, including 2002 Entertainer of the Year.