FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2015
TOBY KEITH HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP BY ATLANTIC COUNCIL
Joins Political, Military, Business Honorees At April 30 Gala
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) International affairs think tank Atlantic Council is honoring singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith with its Distinguished Leadership Award. Celebrating in Washington D.C. during the organization’s gala April 30, he will be introduced by Gen. James L. Jones, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe. The award recognizes Keith for his “remarkable musical contributions and support for US troops around the world.”
Presented annually to “remarkable individuals who represent the four pillars of global leadership – political, military, business, and artistic,” the honor will also be bestowed upon Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip M. Breedlove and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn A Hewson. Keith and frequent collaborator Scotty Emerick are set to perform his No. 1 hit “American Soldier” during the event.
Having headlined 11 USO Tours – at times performing at forward operating bases during active engagements – Toby Keith has demonstrated longstanding commitment to serving and uplifting America’s fighting men and women. And that commitment has been recognized before, most recently with the presentation of the Spirit of the USO Award during his appearance on the Academy of Country Music’s nationally televised Salute To The Troops last year.
The leadership award is part of a busy spring and summer for Keith, whose single “35 MPH Town” is receiving widespread airplay. He’ll host his Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 15-16, kick off the Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour Presented by Ford F-Series May 29 and he’ll be inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in New York City June 18.
About Toby Keith – From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his latest single “35 MPH Town,” Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy’s Tavern, the lead single, “Made In America,” topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen. The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts. The first single from his upcoming album, “Drunk Americans,” debuted at No. 1 Most Added on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts; while his current single, “35 MPH Town,” was just released.
At the core of Toby’s unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 85 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Decade. He will be inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame this June. His albums have sold more than 38 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard‘s Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard‘s No. 1 Country Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours, including 2014’s Shut Up And Hold On Tour, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. This year’s Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series will kick off on May 29 in Mountain View, California. His roster of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants continues to grow, and his signature spirit Wild Shot has become the No. 1 premium mezcal in the U.S. But Toby’s most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it’s helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation and their cost-free home, the Ok Kids Korral, or supporting US Troops including 11 USO Tours throughout the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.