Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clay Keith prepares to tackle 'tough business'

BROOKSVILLE — You may not know Clay Keith by sight, but chances are you have heard him.

Since he was 5, Keith has lent his voice to countless TV and radio commercials (think the little kid describing how much he likes Cinnamon Toast Crunch shortly after the product was introduced in 1982) and was even the host of a teen talk show in Nashville.

These days find the affable Keith working hard building a music career as a singer/songwriter. He recently completed several demo tracks that he hopes to shop to a record label.

"I'm hopeful, but I know it's a long shot," said Keith, 36, who will be the featured performer Wednesday night at the Hernando County Fair Association's New Year's Eve celebration. "The music business is really tough. If nothing else, I'll have something my grandkids might enjoy hearing someday."

In addition to studying piano at Vanderbilt University, he began developing a following as a solo guitarist in small nightclubs and college pubs outside Nashville.

However, when the 9/11 attacks occurred in 2001, he joined the Army and in 2003 was in the first wave of combat units to enter northern Iraq.

Now firmly back in the music scene, Keith says he's looking to expand his horizons by performing at as many new places as possible.

If you go

The Hernando County Fair Association New Year's Eve celebration will be at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with dinner at 8 and entertainment by Clay Keith from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The dinner menu includes salad, roast beef or ham, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. Four bottles of champagne will be provided per table of eight. Wine and beer set-ups will be available for purchase; those attending may bring their own liquor. Tickets are $25 per person. For information or tickets, call the fair office at (352) 796-4552 or Sherry at (352) 796-0600.

Clay Keith prepares to tackle 'tough business' 12/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 25, 2008 7:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  2. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  4. Steven Souza Jr. vindicating big trade for Rays

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — There was a time when the three-team, 11-player transaction the Rays orchestrated to get Steven Souza Jr. from the Nationals looked liked a bad deal.

    The Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. has 30 home runs this season while improving his defense and baserunning but wants to improve on his .236 batting average.
  5. Fennelly: Lightning's Manon Rheaume made history 25 years ago Saturday

    Lightning Strikes

    The name is part of Lightning history, hockey history, sports history.

    Lightning goalie Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game 25 years ago today.