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  • Thursday, September 18, 2014Blake Shelton Calls Cher “Music Royalty”One time -- and this was before Luke Bryan took over co-hosting duties -- when Blake Shelton was hosting the ACM Awards with Reba McEntire, Cher introduced the two hosts to the audience. And it was a moment Shelton says he...
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014Blake Shelton Welcomes New Coaches to The VoiceBlake Shelton returns to his red swivel chair on Monday (Sept. 22) when the seventh season of The Voice kicks off, but the rest of the coaching section will look a bit different this year. In addition to Shelton and Adam...
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014Blake Shelton’s Duet With Barbra StreisandBlake and Babs? Oh, it happened. Blake Shelton and Barbra Streisand have joined forces for Partners, her new duets album. When I heard the news, I felt like I'd died and gone to Funny Girl heaven. Just days ago, the...
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014Blake Shelton Shows Pharrell Williams Around The VoiceNo matter how sweet Blake Shelton seems, he is, at his very core, a competitive guy. I know that because I watch The Voice. But after seeing Shelton give one of the show's new judges a tour of the set, you can just hear...
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Blake Shelton Biography

Blake Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada, Okla. He wrote songs as a teenager and honed his performing style as he played honky-tonk bars and became a regular on a local country music show.

At 17, Shelton met songwriter Mae Boren Axton (“Heartbreak Hotel”). She had returned to her Oklahoma roots for a tribute show honoring her in Ada. Shelton was part of the entertainment lineup and Axton told him to move to Nashville if he wanted a successful country music singing career. Two weeks out of high school in 1994, he packed his guitar and headed there.

In 1997, he was co-writing with a friend who tipped off songwriter/producer Bobby Braddock, who co-wrote the standards “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Time Marches On,” among others. Braddock ultimately served as the producer for Shelton’s self-titled debut on Warner Bros. Nashville. His debut single, “Austin,” stayed at No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart for five weeks, tying Billy Ray Cyrus’ record for a debut single. Shelton also reached No. 1 for three weeks with “The Baby” in 2003. He spent most of the year on the road with Toby Keith and married his high school sweetheart. They divorced in 2006.

In 2004, he released the studio album Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill, which included the hits “Some Beach,” “Goodbye Time” and “Nobody But Me.”