On June 18th, 1976, Blake Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma. When he turned seventeen, Shelton moved to Nashville to pursue his love of country music and songwriting. By 2001, he had achieved just that as his received his first #1 hit, “Austin.” Over the next several years, much success would follow him as he eventually became a TV judge on the hit singing competition show, The Voice. Since 2011, love for him has grown and he’s opened up the show for more heart-and-soul type music compared to the other judges. In 2013, Blake Shelton released his eighth studio album and is currently continuing writing, touring, and mentoring young artists.
Through his early life, Blake expressed great interest in music, but it wasn’t until he turned sixteen that his interests gain any real attention. At 16, Shelton began touring bars around his home state of Oklahoma, and soon gathered statewide fans and plenty of attention as he won the Denbo Diamond Award, which gave him the title of best young entertainer of Oklahoma. After gradating from high school in 1994, he carried his up-and-coming career to Nashville where he would continue his success and go on to write his first hit.
Shortly after coming to Nashville, Blake sold many of the songs he had written to different music publishing houses, and later landed a recording contract with Giant Records which led him to finalize his style of country ballads and blue-collar rock music. “Austin” soon hit number one, and he finally gained the attention he deserved across the country. “Austin” held the #1 spot for five weeks, and in 2002, he hit the charts yet again with his debut album that was released by Warner Brothers after Giant Records dissolved. His album had multiple hit singles, including “Ol’ Red” and “All Over Me.” Both of which helped the album earn its gold status and skyrocketed Shelton’s career.
A year later in early 2003, Blake Shelton continued on with his country songwriting success and released The Dreamer. His second album was well-received, and his first single “The Baby,” held the top spot for three weeks before the second and third singles (“Heavy Liftin’” and “Playboys of the Southwestern World”) both crept into the top fifty ranks. Just like his first album, The Dreamer went gold. The next year, 2004, Shelton grew his success even further when he released a string of hit singles and albums. Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill held his third #1 hit entitled “Some Beach.” The album’s success continued with the singles “Goodbye Time” and “Nobody but Me” which both made it into the top ten. This album made it his third gold record, and that inspired Blake to release an accompanying video collection to go along with the album.
Later on in 2007, Shelton was still high in his career when he released Pure BS. It’s first two singles made it into the top 20 hits of country music, adding to Shelton’s fan base and leading to his first reality TV debut, where he appeared as a judge on Nashville Star and later on Clash of the Choirs.
A couple years later in 2009, Shelton released his full-length album called Startin’ Fires which was shortly followed in 2010 by his EPs Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight. In that same year Shelton released his first compilation of his greatest hits which he called Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton. In 2010, he won his first big awards at the Grand Ole Opry, which included a Country Music Association (CMA) award, a CMT Music award, and an Academy of Country Music award.
His Life Today
In 2003, Shelton married his wife Kaynette Williams, but they divorced shortly after in 2006. A few years later in 2011, Shelton heightened his success again in both his country career and his personal life when he married his longtime girlfriend, Miranda Lambert who is also a country music star.
Shelton shortly after became a favored judge on The Voice and released his next album Red River Blue. Red River Blue went on to become his first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, with it debuting in the top spot. The album had three singles entitled “God Gave Me You,” “Drink on It,” and “Honey Bee.”
At the Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, the couple (Shelton and Lambert) performed together and a few weeks later, Shelton signed on to his third season of The Voice. He soon after released his holiday album, Cheers, it’s Christmas in October of that same year.
The following year in 2013, Shelton released Based on a True Story, which was his eighth studio album. He entered his fourth season on The Voice as both a judge and mentor where he appeared with Shakira, Usher, and Adam Levine. That year, Shelton coached the ultimate winner for the third time in the series as Danielle Bradbery, a teenaged girl from Texas, took the top spot in the fourth season of The Voice.
In November of 2013, Shelton received two CMA honors as the Country Music Association named him the top male vocalist of the year. Based on a True Story received the award for album of the year, which encouraged Shelton to follow it up with a new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine in 2014.
Bringing Back the Sunshine has proven to be a continued hit, especially the song “Neon Light” which reached the top of pop and country charts. Last year, he also picked up yet another country award as he was named male vocalist of 2014 by the CMA.
Today, Shelton continues to judge and coach on The Voice, mentoring young artists to success. Earlier this year, Shelton hosted Saturday Night Live and won the award of favorite male vocalist at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Throughout his music career, Shelton has brought strong songwriting skills, a great voice, and lots of soul to his country career, which has repeatedly earned him top spots in the charts and an ever-growing fan base.