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  • Friday, September 26, 2014Blake Shelton Must Be ExhaustedWith CMT.com offering an exclusive stream of Blake Shelton's new Bringing Back the Sunshine, this seems like typical to-do list for Blake Shelton's nighttime routine: He's going to be workin' on the big buzz, and it'll probably...
  • Friday, September 26, 2014How Blake Shelton Is Like Loretta LynnEditor's note: Listen to all 12 tracks of Blake Shelton's new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, exclusively on CMT.com. This is the advice Blake Shelton has already given to The Voice contestant Taylor Brashears: "Blake...
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014Blake Shelton Is All About That BassI guess, in a way, Blake Shelton does have all the right junk in all the right places. So I can see him getting Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" stuck in his head. He told People magazine the infectious pop tune is...
  • Saturday, September 20, 2014Adam Levine Beats Blake Shelton on The VoiceI know The Voice is really all about the singers. But with all the tension between judges, I like to think that there's some competition going on in those big red chairs. On Tuesday night (Dec. 17), Adam Levine won season...
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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.”