Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has something special planned for the new single from his 35 mph Town album – something that’s been in the works for a long time. The song is “Beautiful Stranger” and it’s notable for two reasons, as radio listeners will find out when it goes for airplay October 13.
“That was written years ago and I kept saying I wasn’t putting it on an album until it had a shot at being a single,” Keith explains. Not only is the timing right for the tale of rekindled love – the recording is, too. “The vocal shows some range people probably don’t hear out of me a lot,” Toby says.
Sell-out crowds throughout North America have had the chance to hear his vocal range during his ongoing Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. And independent of the tour, fans are finding plenty of ways to get their Toby fix. Coming up October 16, Keith is the subject of TBS’ Neighborhood Sessionsseries, which includes his hometown performance in Moore, Oklahoma. Filmed in September, the special focuses on those who inspire Keith and others in their local community. Proceeds from Neighborhood Sessions featuring Toby Keith Created by State Farm benefit the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral pediatric cancer facility, soup kitchen and shelter program Food and Shelter Inc. and local volunteer organization Serve Moore.
Speaking of lending a hand, a television commercial Keith recently filmed for the Wounded Warriors Project’s “Believe In Heroes” campaign begins airing nationally October 24. The spot features the Schei family, whose son Erik was shot by a sniper in Iraq in 2005 and continues to recover. His brother Deven, seeking to finish his brother’s mission of service, joined the Army and was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. It also features retired Air Force Capt. Mary McGriff, who served in Iraq in 2005 and has received some help through Wounded Warriors Project with her treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. More here: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/believe-in-heroes.aspx.
And Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW’s historic Soundstage series kicks off its new season with Keith. Taped in front of a live audience in September, the show’s air date is TBA.