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Oklahoma native Blake Shelton moved to Nashville in 1994, two weeks after his high school graduation, to launch a songwriting career that would eventually make him one of the leading males in contemporary country music. Back home, he'd received statewide attention by touring the bar circuit and winning the Denbo Diamond Award, the top award for young Oklahoma entertainers. In Nashville, Shelton was able to maintain that momentum by selling songs to several publishing houses, including Naomi Martin Music, Warner/Chappell Music, and Jerry Crutchfield Music. He also landed a solo contract with Giant Records. Favoring a traditional style of country music that included sentimental ballads as well as blue-collar rock songs, he made a splash in 2001 with the chart-topping single "Austin," which spent five weeks at number one. "All Over Me" and "Ol' Red" followed in 2002, pushing Shelton's accompanying debut album -- the self-titled Blake Shelton, released by Warner Bros. after the dissolution of Giant Records -- to gold status.
With Shelton's songs still enjoying airtime on country radio, he returned to the studio to work on a second album. The Dreamer appeared in February 2003, hot on the heels of another number one single titled "The Baby." A third album, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, was released in 2004, along with an accompanying DVD featuring several of his music videos. Three years later, Shelton scored his fourth consecutive gold album with Pure BS, which featured a guest appearance by girlfriend (and fellow country singer) Miranda Lambert.
Lambert and Shelton attracted more and more media attention as their relationship progressed. Lambert made another appearance on his next album, 2008's Startin' Fires, and sang about their relationship on her own release, Revolution. Shelton eventually proposed in 2010, issuing a pair of well-received EPs -- Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight -- that same year. The EPs yielded three number one hits, followed in 2011 by another chart-topper, "Honey Bee," which doubled as the lead single from his sixth album, Red River Blue. Shelton married Lambert that spring, several weeks after joining the judging panel of NBC's prime-time singing competition The Voice.
The Voice was a smash hit, elevating Shelton's profile and assisting the sales of Red River Blue. Two seasons of the competition arrived in 2012 and that year, Shelton also released Cheers It's Christmas, a seasonal album containing duets with Reba McEntire, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, and Lambert, as well as her band Pistol Annies.
Shelton delivered Based on a True Story... -- his first full-fledged album recorded since the success of The Voice -- in March of 2013, preceded by the single "Sure Be Cool If You Did" which topped the Billboard country charts.
Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". The lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" spent five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The gold-certified debut album also produced two more Top 20 hits. Although the album was released on Giant Records Nashville, he was transferred to Warner Bros. Records Nashville after Giant closed in late 2001.
His second and third albums, 2003's The Dreamer and 2004's Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, were each certified gold as well. His fourth album, Pure BS (2007), was re-issued in 2008 with a cover of Michael Bublé's pop hit "Home" as one of the bonus tracks. A fifth album, Startin' Fires, was released in November 2008. It was followed by the extended plays Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight in 2010, and the albums Red River Blue in 2011 and Based on a True Story… in 2013. Overall, Blake Shelton has charted 24 country singles, including 11 Number Ones. He has been nominated five times for a Grammy Award.
Shelton is also known for his role as a judge on the televised singing competitions Nashville Star, Clash of the Choirs, and The Voice. He has been on The Voice since its inception, and three out of the six seasons (2–4) his teams have won. He is the husband of country singer Miranda Lambert.Cohoon, Rick. "Blake Shelton biography". Allmusic. Retrieved December 29, 2007. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1264). Jun 21, 2013. p. 26.
Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma, to father Richard, a used car dealer, and mother Dorothy, a beauty salon owner. He began singing at an early age and by age 12 had learned to play guitar. By age 15, Shelton had written his first song. By age 16, Shelton had received a Denbo Diamond Award in his home state. On November 13, 1990, his older brother Richie, who was 24 at the time, died in a car accident. He has an older sister, Endy.
At age 17, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a singing career. Shelton made the move to Nashville, Tennessee very soon after finishing high school. In Nashville, he got a job at a music publishing company and in 1997 was aided by Bobby Braddock to get a production contract with Sony Music.Cite error: The named reference allmusic was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Shelton, Blake." Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. Ed. Colin Larkin. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 19 Jul. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.ezproxy2.library.arizona.edu/subscriber/article/epm/72775>.
ContentsMusical career1.1 2001–06: Beginnings1.2 2006–11: Pure BS and Startin' Fires1.3 2011–12: Red River Blue and Cheers, It's Christmas1.4 2013–14: Based on a True Story…1.4.1 Healing in the Heartland1.5 2014-present: Bringing Back the Sunshine
After several years in Nashville, he signed to Giant Records in 2001. In 2001, he was slated to release a song entitled "I Wanna Talk About Me" as a single. Staff at the label considered the song unsuitable for a lead-off single, however, and the song was eventually recorded by Toby Keith, whose version was a number 1 single.
Instead, Giant released "Austin" as Shelton's debut single. Shortly after its release, Giant Records was closed, and Shelton was transferred to parent company Warner Bros. Records. "Austin" went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Warner released his self-titled debut album, which was produced by songwriter Bobby Braddock. It also produced the top 20 hits "All Over Me", which Shelton co-wrote with Earl Thomas Conley and Mike Pyle, and "Ol' Red". Although Shelton's rendition of "Ol' Red" was not a major radio hit, he considers it his signature song, and it has become popular in concert. Blake Shelton received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 copies.
Blake Shelton received a positive review from Maria Konicki Dinoia of Allmusic, who called "Austin" "tremendously imaginative" and praised Shelton for including songs written by Braddock and Conley. Country Standard Time was less favorable, with Scott Homewood saying that it "album just smacks of being assembled with the intent on capturing the burgeoning alternative country market".
Shelton's second album, The Dreamer, was first released on February 4, 2003, on Warner Bros. Records. Its lead-off single, "The Baby", reached Number One on the country charts, holding that position for three weeks. Although the second and third singles ("Heavy Liftin'" and "Playboys of the Southwestern World", respectively) only reached No.32 and No. 24, The Dreamer earned gold certification as well. He, along with Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry, sang guest vocals on Tracy Byrd's mid-2003 single "The Truth About Men". Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill was the title of Shelton's third studio album, released in 2004. Its lead-off single, the Harley Allen co-write "When Somebody Knows You That Well", peaked at No.37 on the country charts, while the follow-up "Some Beach" became his third No.1 hit, holding that position for four weeks. It was followed by a cover of Conway Twitty's 1988 single "Goodbye Time". Both this cover and its followup, "Nobody but Me", reached Top Ten for Shelton as well. As with his first two albums, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill was certified gold. Accompanying the album's release was a video collection entitled Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill: A Video Collection.
On December 18, 2005, several of Shelton's songs, including "Nobody but Me", appeared on the TV movie The Christmas Blessing, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart, Angus T. Jones, and Rob Lowe. Shelton had a small role at the end of the movie, playing himself at a benefit concert, singing "Nobody but Me".
2006–11: Pure BS and Startin' Fires
Shelton issued his fourth studio album, Pure BS, in early 2007. Unlike with his first three albums, which were produced entirely by Bobby Braddock, Shelton worked with Braddock, Brent Rowan, and Paul Worley as producers for this album. Its first two singles—"Don't Make Me" and "The More I Drink"—were both Top 20 hits on the country charts, respectively reaching No.12 and No. 19. Also in late 2007, Shelton made appearances on television shows: first as a judge on the talent competition Nashville Star, and later on Clash of the Choirs.
Pure BS was re-released in 2008 with three bonus tracks, including a cover of Michael Bublé's hit single "Home". This cover, released in early 2008 as the album's third single, became his fourth No.1 hit in July.
"Home" was followed in August 2008 by the single "She Wouldn't Be Gone", his 14th chart entry and his fifth No. 1 hit. It was the first time in his career that he had two consecutive Number Ones. "She Wouldn't Be Gone" is the lead-off to Shelton's fifth studio album, Startin' Fires, which has also produced the single "I'll Just Hold On." This album also includes "Bare Skin Rug," a duet with Lambert. It was produced by Scott Hendricks, except for one track which was produced by Brent Rowan, and another ("I Don't Care", which carried over from Pure BS) was produced by Braddock. After "I'll Just Hold On" fell off the chart in October 2009, Blake Shelton released a duet with Trace Adkins titled "Hillbilly Bone". It was the lead-off single on Shelton's EP, Hillbilly Bone, released on March 2, 2010 through Reprise Records Nashville. After "Hillbilly Bone" reached No.1 in February, came the August release of "All About Tonight", the lead-off single to his EP of the same name. In September, he released the second single from All About Tonight, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking", his 18th single release. He released his first greatest hits album, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton in November 2010.
Shelton was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry during the September 28, 2010 "Country Comes Home" concert celebrating reopening of the Grand Ole Opry House after the Cumberland River flooded the Opry House in May 2010. The formal invitation was extended on his Twitter account and was announced by Opry star Trace Adkins. He was formally inducted by Adkins at the Saturday, October 23, 2010 Opry performance. Shelton recorded the title track for the remake of Footloose released on October 14, 2011. Shelton appeared on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010 where he performed "All About Tonight" and won Male Vocalist of the Year.
In 2011, Shelton started working as a judge/coach to singers on the NBC reality television series The Voice.
2011–12: Red River Blue and Cheers, It's Christmas
Blake Shelton released the album Red River Blue on July 12, 2011, led by the single, "Honey Bee". The song received 138,000 downloads in its first week and was certified gold in its seventh week, setting a new record for the fastest gold certification by a male country singer. On June 13, 2011, in its tenth chart week, "Honey Bee" went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, becoming his ninth No. 1 and his fastest-climbing. The album was expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with around 110,000 copies sold. "God Gave Me You", a cover of a Dave Barnes song, was the album's second single; it also reached No. 1. "Drink On It", the fifth song on the album, hit No. 1 in April 2012, giving him his 11th No. 1 song. On April 30, 2012, Blake performed "Over" on the Semi-finals of the second season of The Voice. “Over” became Shelton's seventh consecutive No. 1. and his 12th No. 1 hit to date.
Blake Shelton is a coach on the NBC show The Voice. In season 1, his finalist Dia Frampton came in second. Frampton recorded a track with Shelton titled "I Will" on her album Red, released December 6, 2011. Shelton returned for a second season of the show with his finalist Jermaine Paul as the champion. In season three of The Voice, Shelton’s team member, Cassadee Pope, was declared the winner with other Team Blake contestant Terry McDermott finishing as runner-up.
Blake Shelton took the stage with Miranda Lambert at Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012 to open the event by singing a duet version of “America the Beautiful”. It marked their first TV performance since their headlining nuptials in May 2011.
In October 2012, Shelton released his first Christmas album, Cheers, It's Christmas, which peaked at no. 1 and no. 2 respectively on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums and Top Country Albums charts.
Blake Shelton appears on fellow "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera's album Lotus on the song "Just a Fool".
2013–14: Based on a True Story…
Shortly after midnight on New Year's Day 2013, Shelton premiered a new single entitled "Sure Be Cool If You Did", which was released to iTunes on January 8 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay chart in 2013. His eighth studio album, Based on a True Story…, was released on March 26, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the country chart and No. 3 on the all-genre chart by selling a career best nearly 200,000 copies. The album's second single, "Boys 'Round Here" released to country radio in 2013 and also reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The album's third single, "Mine Would Be You", was released to country radio on July 22, 2013 and reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in November 2013. "Mine Would Be You" became Shelton's tenth consecutive number one single, tying him with the record set by Brad Paisley in 2009. With the release of the album's fourth single, "Doin' What She Likes", Shelton achieved his eleventh consecutive number one single, thus breaking the tie.
Blake Shelton received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award for his role as a coach on The Voice at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013.
Shelton supported Based on a True Story… on his Ten Times Crazier Tour which began on July 19, 2013 and ended on October 5, 2013. Shelton has continued the tour into 2014.
On season four of The Voice, he became the winning coach for the third consecutive time with team members Danielle Bradbery as the winner and The Swon Brothers in third place.
Healing in the Heartland
Blake Shelton and NBC put together the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert," which aired on May 29, 2013 that included some of Oklahoma's superstar talent, to raise money for the victims of the tornado of May 20, 2013. Shelton was joined on stage by Usher, one of his fellow judges on The Voice, to perform the song "Home", asking the audience, "Man, is there anyone in the world cooler than Usher?" and a list of performers: Oklahoma country music stars Miranda Lambert, Shelton's wife; Reba McEntire; Vince Gill; Luke Bryan; Joe Don Rooney, a Picher native with Rascal Flatts; and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. After the massive storm ripped through the Moore, Oklahoma area on May 20, killing 24 people and leaving thousands of homes damaged, Shelton decided to use his voice—and his Rolodex of A-list music stars—to help raise money for relief and recovery efforts. The one-hour concert was aired live on NBC from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma's tornado relief fund. Healing in the Heartland raised over 6 million dollars for a local Oklahoma City chapter of the United Way.
2014-present: Bringing Back the Sunshine
On August 1, 2014, Shelton announced that his upcoming ninth studio album Bringing Back the Sunshine will be released on September 30, 2014.Crossan, Jeff. "Bobby Braddock article". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved October 3, 2008. "Blake Shelton: Celebrating Country Life". Ada Evening News. April 25, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009. Cite error: The named reference allmusic was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Dinoia, Maria Konicki. "Blake Shelton review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 3, 2012. Homewood, Scott. "Blake Shelton review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved September 3, 2012. Salonica, Kelly (November 7, 2005). "Story Behind the Song". Country Weekly 12 (23): 70. |accessdate= requires |url= (help) "Blake Shelton calls number one "Home"". Country Standard Time. July 7, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2008. Vercher, Brody (October 3, 2008). "New Blake Shelton Album Bumped to Nov. 18; Features Miranda". The 9513. Retrieved October 3, 2008. "Blake Shelton readies fifth CD". Country Standard Time. October 3, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008. Grand Ole Opry Celebrates Triumphant Reopening With Blowout Concert, Surprise – Our Country. New.music.yahoo.com (September 29, 2010). Retrieved on June 20, 2011. "Blake Shelton". TVGuide.com. November 2, 2010. Ng, Philiana (March 7, 2011). "Blake Shelton Joins NBC's 'The Voice' as Fourth Judge". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2011. Trust, Gary (May 25, 2011). "Blake Shelton’s "Honey Bee" Goes Digital Gold And Makes Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 25, 2011. Keith Caulfield (July 14, 2011). "Blake Shelton On Course For First No. 1 Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 14, 2011. NBC, Coaches Bio. Retrieved on February 22, 2012. Pole, Tad. "Blake Shelton Releases 1st New Song of 2013 – It’d Sure Be Cool If You Did". Big Frog 104. Retrieved January 3, 2013. "iTunes – Music – Sure Be Cool If You Did – Single by Blake Shelton". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 20/20 TIMES TWO: A DEJA VU EXPERIENCE. hitsdailydouble.com (April 2, 2013). "Blake Shelton: Video Premiere, Album Cover, Release Date, Tracklist, Demo Sneak Peek (AUDIO)! | The Voice". mjsbigblog. Retrieved March 28, 2013. Jessen, Wade (31 March 2014). "Blake Shelton makes history as 'She' becomes 11th straight No. 1". Billboard Country Update. p. 6. Retrieved 1 April 2014. Duvall, Erin (January 17, 2013) Blake Shelton Tour Dates 2013 Will Be 'Ten Times Crazier'. The Boot. http://twitter.com/blakeshelton/status/495212808561504256
Shelton married long time girlfriend Kaynette Gern on November 17, 2003. They divorced in 2006.
In 2005, Shelton met fellow country singer Miranda Lambert at the CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert. Lambert also sang background vocals on his cover of Michael Bublé's song, "Home", which became a Number 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart. On May 9, 2010, after dating for four years, Shelton proposed to Miranda, after seeking (and receiving) her father's blessing.
Shelton and Lambert were married on May 14, 2011, at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. 550 people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, Trace Adkins and the Bellamy Brothers. After the wedding, Shelton expressed his joy stating, "I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed. Finally, it's official!" Blake and Miranda reside in the small town of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, which is located in the Texoma area.
On January 17, 2012, Shelton's father, Dick, 71, died in Oklahoma, following a period of declining health. Shelton's brother, Richie, died in 1990 when Blake was 14 years old. Blake and Lambert wrote about Richie in Lambert's song, Over You. The song was named CMA Song of the Year for 2012. It was also named Single Record and Song of the Year at the 2013 Academy of Country Music awards."Blake Shelton Biography". People. Retrieved November 3, 2013. Blake Shelton Talks About Divorce, Leaving Nashville And New Girl Miranda Lambert – Starpulse Entertainment News Blog. Starpulse.com (May 1, 2007). Retrieved on June 20, 2011. Bartolomeo, Joey (May 15, 2011). "Miranda Lambet and Blake Shelton Marry!". People. Retrieved May 15, 2011. "Miranda Lambert's Engagement Ring (Photo) Blake Shelton Pops the Question". National Ledger. May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010. "Just Married! Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Get Hitched". Perez Hilton. May 15, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. Entertainment News, Celebrity Interviews and Pop Culture – ABC News. Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved on February 10, 2012. Blake Shelton's father dies –. Usatoday.com (January 18, 2012). Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
Shelton has been a coach on NBC's The Voice since its inception in 2011.Season 1 – Runner-up coach as his final team member, Dia Frampton, won second place of the seasonSeason 2 – Winning coach as his final team member, Jermaine Paul, was declared winner of the seasonSeason 3 – Winning coach as his team member, Cassadee Pope, was declared winner of the season (runner up Terry McDermott was also on his team)Season 4 – Winning coach as his team member, Danielle Bradbery, was declared winner of the seasonSeason 5 – Third place coach as his team member, Cole Vosbury, was eliminated in the semifinalsSeason 6 – Runner-up coach as his final team member, Jake Worthington, won second place of the season "Blake Shelton, 'Malibu Country': 'Voice' Coach to Make Guest Appearance on Reba's Show". The Boot. February 5, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.