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  • Friday, July 25, 201412 Songs About Doing TimeBack when country music was the artistic province of poor, uneducated white people, there were lots of songs about folks landing in jail or on chain gangs or even on Death Row. But now that country has moved to the suburbs,...
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014Dan + Shay on Blake Shelton’s Bud-Light-Blue BusDan + Shay may be country's newest players, but they are living on a vintage bus. In fact, it is Blake Shelton's old bus. The country duo -- Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney -- just learned about their tour bus' storied past when...
  • Monday, July 21, 2014Blake Shelton Does Country Proud at Wrigley FieldCHICAGO -- Blake Shelton was just being himself. That may have been bad news for the Nashville executives who booked his Saturday night show (July 19), but it was very well-received news for the capacity crowd at Wrigley...
  • Friday, July 11, 2014Does an Emmy Go to … Blake Shelton?The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced Thursday (July 10), and Blake Shelton is essentially on the list. Well, he's not personally nominated, but NBC's hit reality show The Voice is. And isn't it...
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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.”