Toby Keith parents are Hubert Keith Covel and Carolyn Joan Covel. He spent his early years with his two siblings – sister, Toni Covel, and brother, Tracy Covel.
Toby Keith, recognized for his diverse talents, was an American country music singer-songwriter, and record producer.
He rose to fame in late 1999, following the release of the single “How Do You Like Me Now?!” which was acclaimed as the top song of the 2000s.
Beginning with his self-titled debut album, he has released several albums such as “Boomtown,” “Pull My Chain,” “Bullets in the Gun,” “Peso in My Pocket,” and others. His discography includes 19 studio albums, 2 Christmas albums, and 5 compilation albums.
Besides his music career, he pursued acting, appearing in the 2005 film “Broken Bridges.” Additionally, he wrote and starred in the 2008 movie “Beer for My Horses.”
He had received several accolades throughout his career including the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, the American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist, and the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.
Toby Keith Parents
His father Hubert Keith Covel and mother Carolyn Joan Covel welcomed Toby Keith on July 8, 1961.
Born in Clinton, Oklahoma, Keith and his family spent some years in Fort Smith, Arkansas, during his early grade school period.
Before relocating to Moore, he spent summers visiting his grandmother in Fort Smith. His grandmother owned Billie Garner’s Supper Club in Fort Smith, where Keith developed a keen interest in the musicians who entertained patrons.
His father served as a soldier and sustained an eye injury during his military service, resulting in the loss of vision in his right eye.
Keith’s popular song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” poignantly portrays the sacrifices soldiers endure to defend the United States, as illustrated by the incident.
Tragically, Keith’s father lost his life in a collision between a charter bus and his car on Interstate 35 on March 24, 2001. The Covel family received a settlement of $2.8 million for his wrongful death on December 25, 2007.
Elias and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes located in Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co. were found liable for neglecting to equip the bus with properly functioning air brakes.
After his father’s death, Keith’s mother, Carolyn, has stood as his greatest supporter throughout his career. Following his significant rise to fame in the music industry, he regarded his mother, Carolyn, as his first fan.
In October 2009, Keith discussed his mother’s influence on his musical inclinations in an interview. He said:
As her son dominated the music industry over the decades, Carolyn was present during one of his final performances.
Following Keith’s passing on February 5, 2024, celebrities and singers across all genres paused to remember the country star, with a video emerging showcasing one of his final performances in Las Vegas.
Even while contending with stomach cancer, Keith organized three sold-out shows in Las Vegas in December, refusing to let it diminish the quality of his performance.
At his show on December 12 at Park MGM Las Vegas, the country star took a moment to introduce fans to his mother.
In the footage, Keith and his mother were shown embracing onstage, as Keith jokingly urged his mother to tell the audience to ‘go to hell,’ much to the amusement of the crowd.
Toby Keith Wife & Kids
Toby Keith blissfully tied the knot with his lovely wife, Tricia Lucus on March 24, 1984, after dating for three years.
Keith and Lucus encountered each other shortly after Keith completed high school. During that timeframe, he balanced his job in the oil fields with nightly performances at bars alongside his band, the Easy Money Band.
Lucus welcomed her first daughter, Shelley Covel Rowland, in 1980, prior to meeting Keith. Following their marriage, Keith legally adopted Shelley, and the couple later expanded their family with daughter Krystal in 1985 and son Stelen in 1997.
Shelley graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in elementary education in 2003, and she subsequently worked as an elementary school teacher for several years before transitioning to focus on raising her family.
Krystal shares her father’s passion for music and recording, while Stelen has forged his path as an entrepreneur, overseeing multiple ventures like Sellout Crowd, 405 Burger Bar, Tequila Chulos, and Hollywood Corners.
The couple remained married for almost four decades until the passing of the country singer on February 5, 2024. His death cause was stomach cancer.