Toby Keith Unveils ‘100% Songwriter’ Project Featuring His Iconic Solo-Written Hits
Toby Keith wears many hats but the one that means the most to him is songwriter. He will soon celebrate…
Toby Keith; Photo by Richard McLaren
Toby Keith wears many hats but the one that means the most to him is songwriter. He will soon celebrate that title with the release of a new project, dubbed 100% Songwriter, on November 3.
The project, releasing via Nashville/UMe on vinyl and via DSPs, celebrates Keith’s most legendary solo-written songs, all assembled into one collection.
A Legendary Songwriter
Toby Keith stands as one of the most accomplished self-guided recording artists in any era, having achieved numerous hits with a diverse range of co-writers, while also recording a select few songs crafted by outside writers.
What truly stands out is the remarkable number of his iconic tracks that he penned single-handedly, placing him in the same league as performing songwriters like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton.
13-Song Track List
Among the track list is Keith’s breakout hit, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” which was just certified triple platinum from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released in 1993, the song marked the beginning of a wildly successful career for the Oklahoma native, which went on to include 52 top 10 hits, 32 No. 1s, more than 40 million albums sold, 100 million airplay performances (BMI) and more than 10 billion streams.
Other notable tracks included on 100% Songwriter include fan-favorites such as “He Ain’t Worth Missin’,” Wish I Didn’t Know Now,” and “Big Ol’ Truck.”
Pre-orders for Toby Keith’s 100% Songwriter, which spans from his debut album through 2006’s White Trash With Money, are now available at TobyKeith.lnk.to/songwriter. Fans can choose from three vinyl options.
Three Vinyl Options
Country Icon Award
Toby Keith’s illustrious career will soon be celebrated when he is honored with the Country Icon Awards at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards, which will take place at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Thursday, September 28.
“We’re overjoyed to honor legendary artist Toby Keith with the first-ever Country Icon Award,” said Cassandra Tryon, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Live Events, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “As a talented songwriter and powerhouse performer, Keith has touched the hearts of fans across the globe. His illustrious career and passion for philanthropy has cemented his place as an icon in country music history.”
Fellow Oklahoma native Blake Shelton will be on hand to present Keith with the honor.
According to the press release, the award honors Keith for “his decades-long career as a groundbreaking musician, humanitarian and entrepreneur.” The award will also recognize Keith’s 30-year career as a musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
Hosted by award-winning group, Little Big Town, the People’s Choice Country Awards will air live on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT across NBC and Peacock.
Toby Keith is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and was named BMI Icon.
Toby Keith 100% Songwriter Track List
1. Should’ve Been A Cowboy, from Toby Keith
2. He Ain’t Worth Missin’, Toby Keith
3. Wish I Didn’t Know Now, Toby Keith
4. Who’s That Man?, Boomtown
5. Big Ol’ Truck, Boomtown
6. Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You, Blue Moon
7. Country Comes To Town, How Do You Like Me Now?!
8. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This, How Do You Like Me Now?!
9. Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue (The Angry American), Unleashed
10. Who’s Your Daddy?, Unleashed
11. Stays In Mexico, Greatest Hits 2
12. Honkytonk U, Honkytonk U
13. Crash Here Tonight, White Trash With Money
All songs written 100% by Toby Keith
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.