The Norman Transcript

September 13, 2013

Moore native Krystal Keith to release album

by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

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.”

“Everywhere you looked there was a familiar face. It just kind of showed the sense of community we have that that many people can show up,” she said. “All day long I tried to find an area where I didn’t know someone and it was impossible. It was one of those things that makes you proud to be Oklahoman.”

Getting a taste of performing her work in front of a capacity crowd has made Keith anxious to get out on tour and perform the songs on her album.

Undoubtedly, the Norman North High School alumna’s taste for the limelight can be credited to being raised in a musical household.

With a father, grandmother and great-grandmother that were all musicians, Keith said she looked to the family before her as her sources of inspiration.

To other aspiring artists, Keith encourages musicians to hone their craft and continue writing songs. As for herself, living a lifelong dream is all she needs.

“If I can live the rest of my life and make a living doing what I love I would be the happiest person ever,” she said. “I hope to have a long musical career.”

For more on Keith visit krystalkeith.com.