Blake Tollison Shelton born June 18,  is an American country music singer and television personality. In , 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.
As of May [update] , Shelton has charted 40 singles, including 27 number ones,  17 of which were consecutive. The 11th No. He has been on The Voice since its inception, and, so far, in seven of nineteen seasons 2—4, 7, 11, 13, 18 , a member of his team has won.
Shelton began singing at an early age and by the age of 12, he was taught how to play the guitar by his uncle. By age 16, he had received a Denbo Diamond Award in his home state. There he got a job at a music publishing company and, in , he was aided by Bobby Braddock to obtain a production contract with Sony Music. Some years later in Nashville, he signed to Giant Records. However, staff at the label considered the song unsuitable for a lead-off single, 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 that song was released, Giant Records was closed, and Shelton was transferred to parent company Warner Bros. Warner released Shelton's self-titled debut album , which was produced by songwriter Bobby Braddock.
The album 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. Its lead-off single, "The Baby", reached No. Although the second and third singles "Heavy Liftin'" and "Playboys of the Southwestern World", respectively only reached No. It was followed by a cover of Conway Twitty's single "Goodbye Time".
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". Shelton released his fourth studio album, Pure BS , in early Also in late , Shelton made appearances on television shows: first as a judge on the talent competition Nashville Star , and later on Clash of the Choirs. This cover, released in early as the album's third single, became his fourth No.
It was the first time in his career that he had two consecutive number ones. After "Hillbilly Bone" reached No. The formal invitation was extended on his Twitter account and was announced by Opry star Trace Adkins. Shelton recorded the title track for the remake of Footloose released on October 14, The song received , downloads in its first week and was certified gold in its seventh week, setting a record for the fastest gold certification by a male country singer. The album was expected to debut at No. In season 1, his finalist Dia Frampton came in second.
Shelton returned for a second season of the show with his finalist Jermaine Paul as the champion. It marked their first TV performance since their May wedding. His eighth studio album, Based on a True Story With the release of the album's fourth single, " Doin' What She Likes ", Shelton achieved his eleventh consecutive No. Shelton supported Based on a True Story 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.
In August , Shelton announced that his ninth studio album, Bringing Back the Sunshine , would be released on September 30, All four singles have reached No. On November 13, , Shelton was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for his achievements in the music industry and for the generous work he has done for his home state. Shelton's tenth studio album, If I'm Honest , was released in May The album's first single " Came Here to Forget " was released to country radio on March 8, On April 8, , a second single from the album, " Savior's Shadow ", was released.
The song peaked at number 7 on the Country Airplay chart, ending Shelton's streak of 17 consecutive number-one singles. Shelton also voices the character of Earl, a pig. The exhibit, titled "Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story", traces Shelton's career path and achievements, encompassing his humble beginnings in Oklahoma, his Nashville origins, and his eventual path toward mainstream success and recognition through his role as a coach on The Voice.
In March , Shelton's wax figure was unveiled for Madame Tussauds Nashville    and in April Shelton was honored at the Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala, being one of eight recipients to receive the Creativity Ambassador medallion.
On September 11, , Shelton released "I'll Name the Dogs" as the lead-off single from his eleventh studio album. The album was preceded by the single " God's Country ", which peaked at number one on Hot Country Songs in mid Also released from the album was " Hell Right ", a second duet with Adkins. In , Todd Tilghman was announced the winner for the eighteenth season of The Voice , giving Shelton his seventh victory on the show; Tilghman, at age 42, also made the American series' history as the oldest winner.
Shelton owns a franchise of restaurants and entertainment complexes called Ole Red. A Nashville location opened in May A third location in Gatlinburg opened in March A fourth location in Orlando, Florida opened in May Since his debut in , Shelton has received positive reviews from musicians and critics.
The New York Times described Shelton as "the most important and visible ambassador from Nashville to the American mainstream". Lambert stated she "respect[s] him so much as a vocalist," while Adkins said he "is going to be as relevant in this business as he wants to be for as long as he wants to be. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in ,  for his many accomplishments in country music, and into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in , attaining the highest honor one can receive from the state.
As one of the most successful country artists today, Shelton has sold over 10 million records worldwide,  and as of [update] , has sold in excess of 30 million singles, while having generated a total of 1. His debut single " Austin ", off his Platinum-selling self-titled album, tied the record set by Billy Ray Cyrus in , staying atop the country charts for five weeks, and setting the mark for an artist's debut single in the Broadcast Data Systems era. This entry made Shelton the highest-debuting male country artist on the Hot since Garth Brooks recording as Chris Gaines debuted at number five in September On November 6, , Shelton made Country Aircheck history when he became the first artist in the history of the chart to chart six songs simultaneously, from his eleventh studio album Texoma Shore.
On November 14, , Shelton made People Magazine history by becoming the first country artist ever to grace the magazine's Sexiest Man Alive cover issue, and is only the second musician, apart from fellow The Voice coach Adam Levine , to receive the coveted honor.
In , Billboard released their list of decade-end "Top Country Albums" and recognized Shelton on the chart, ranking him at No. Shelton married long time girlfriend Kaynette Gern on November 17, On May 9, , after dating for four years,  Shelton proposed to Lambert, after seeking and receiving her father's blessing.
On January 17, , Shelton's father, Dick, 71, died in Oklahoma, following a period of declining health. In July , Shelton and Lambert announced their divorce. The couple released a statement, "This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy heart that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real family, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter. On October 27, , Shelton and Stefani announced their engagement after five years of dating.
After the donation, Shelton said "The Wildlife Department's youth education efforts are an important way to get kids back outdoors. He raised the money from ticket sales at his restaurant Ole Red. On March 13, , he performed a private concert at his Ole Red Gatlinburg location, celebrating its weeklong grand opening. For a short time at the end of March into the beginning of April , Shelton reduced the price of his merchandise and donated a portion of his sales to the MusiCares COVID relief fund. Shelton had been the most successful coach, having brought at least one artist from his team for a total of 27 to the finale in almost every season except season five , seven of which went on to win the season.
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