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September 13, 2013

Moore native Krystal Keith to release album

NORMAN — Dreams come true. At least that’s the case for Krystal Keith.

The Norman native has had visions of being a singer since the tender age of 3. Now the Show Dog-Universal recording artist is debuting her album “Whiskey & Lace” early next year.

Keith said she is excited about the album that she co-wrote with her father, Toby Keith, and Nathan Chapman, record producer for Taylor Swift.

“It’s a good eclectic blend of what I feel like is country music. There’s some blues, a little bit of rock and some old school stuff,” she said. “It’s a good blend of everything I love about country and everything I wanted to portray on my own sound. I like a lot of different genres. Mainly, I grew up on real old school country so there’s definitely an influence there.”

Keith said she worked side-by-side with her father to create her debut album — he can even be heard on a song.

“Getting to work together was pretty great because in my case I already had a trust built with him and I knew that he had my back,” she said. “I was able to be a lot more vocal than I might have been with another producer.”

Keith had the chance to perform one of her original songs, “Get Your Redneck On,” during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on July 6. She also opened the concert with the national anthem before performances by Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Carrie Underwood and her father.

As a Moore resident and OU alumna, Keith said performing at the concert — with proceeds donated to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund — was an amazing experience. Though she had spent 10 full days helping with cleanup efforts prior to the concert, she said she was happy to help in another way and “start the healing process.”

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