Country singer Toby Keith has died. Born in Clinton, Oklahoma, on July 8, 1961, Keith passed away on February 6, 2024 after a long battle with cancer.
The son of a petroleum worker, Keith grew up in the rugged landscape of Oklahoma, where he was exposed to the rich musical traditions of the South.
His love for music developed at an early age, and he started playing the guitar at the age of eight. After high school, he joined the US Army, where he further developed his musical talents by performing for his fellow soldiers.
In the 1980s, Keith moved to Nashville, Tennessee, the epicenter of country music, to pursue his dream. His perseverance was rewarded when he signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1993. He made his debut in 1993 with his album “Toby Keith” and quickly scored big hits.
With his signature deep voice and catchy lyrics, Toby Keith quickly broke through on the country music scene. Hits such as “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” established his name as one of the most influential and controversial artists in the genre.
Throughout his career, Keith released 19 studio albums and won numerous awards, including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards. He sold more than 40 million albums and had more than 30 singles in the Billboard Hot Country Songs Top 10.
In addition to his music career, Keith was also successful as a businessman. He had his own restaurant chain, a clothing line and a golf course. In addition to his musical career and entrepreneurship, Keith was also known for his charity work and his support of American troops. He has received several awards for his service to the military and for his humanitarian efforts.