Blake Shelton: Country Rock
It was a giant step for Blake Shelton – actually it would have been for anyone. In 1994, just weeks after graduating high school, the Oklahoma born country singer packed his bags and headed for Nashville, Tenn., a place that established some of country music’s biggest stars like Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton. “I was so naïve though – when you’re seventeen, this [is] going to be easy – so, I never had a doubt that I was going to make it one day,” Shelton said in an interview with Country Music Television.
After years of working random jobs and playing his guitar in bars, the perseverance finally paid off for the young country-rock musician. In 1998, Shelton was signed to the now defunct Giant Records. He released his first single “Austin,” on his self-titled debut album. “I think ‘Austin’ kind of opened the door for me,” the musician said with CMT. This proved to be true. The debut album is RIAA certified gold – a rare occasion for debut albums. His following albums matched the success of his first. “The Dreamer,” “Blake Shelton’s Barn and Grill,” “The Dreamer” and “Pure BS” are all certified gold. He has eleven number one hits like “Austin” and “Honey Bee” from his most recent and also gold certified album “Red River Blue.”
In May 2011, Shelton married another well-known country musician Miranda Lambert. Now, Shelton is a judge on NBC‘s music competition show The Voice.“It is weird because I definitely stick out like a sore thumb on the show. I realize that, but they can kiss my ass if they don’t like it,” Shelton said on The Tonight Show. The Voice is set apart from other talent shows. The coaches – Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and Cee-Lo Green – don’t get to see the performers. They sit in swivel chairs and if they like the sound of the performer, they can choose to offer their services as a coach by pressing a button, which turns the chair around where the coach finally sees the performer.
“Everybody loves the chair!” Shelton said in an interview with Redbook. He even joked on Tonight that the chair was part of the reason he wanted to work on The Voice. Really, Shelton wanted to be apart of a show because it really emphasizes what’s important about being a musician. “This show embraces the most important thing first about a singer and that is whether or not they are a great singer. It’s called The Voice – that’s how you make it onto this show. You don’t make it onto this show because you come in and you have a stupid dance that you do or you have this incredible sob back story that gets some sympathy. We don’t know anything about these people,” the musician said during an interview on The Voice. He began with a bang, releasing hit after hit. Now, he’s coaching and judging on The Voice. The star has managed to do what many have refused. He keeps his roots close at hand. Shelton is known for his down-to-earth demeanor and lighthearted personality. Everywhere he goes, Blake Shelton takes a little of Oklahoma with him.