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Blake Tollison Shelton (born 18.6.1976)
Blake Shelton is an American, four times Grammy nominated Country singer acknowledged for his thirteen number one singles in the US country charts including: Sure Be Cool If You Did, Honey Bee and God Gave Me You.
Childhood: Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma to his beauty salon owner mother Dorothy and car dealership father Richard. Shelton showed an immediate interest in music and by 15 was writing his own songs which later won him a Denbo Diamond award in his home state. At 17, Shelton moved to Nashville in order to pursue his musical career.
Musical Career: It wasn't until 2001 that Shelton was signed to Giant Records (Deep Purple US/Canada, Kenny Rogers) who decided against releasing "I Wanna Talk About Me" as Blake's debut single (which was later recorded by Toby Keith and obtained number one on the US Country charts). Instead, Giant released "Austin", Shelton's first single which would later go on to spend five consecutive weeks at number one in the US Country Charts. Shortly after its release Giant Records was closed and Shelton was pursued by parenting company, Warner Bros. Records whom released his self-titled debut album containing the top 20 hit songs: All Over Me and Ol' Red which became his signature, live song, despite not being a major radio hit. The album received a positive response with Maria Konicki Dinoia of Allmusic stating it was "tremendously imaginative". The album received a gold certificate from the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 copies. Shelton's second studio album was released a year later. The album was titled 'The Dreamer' and included Number One Country Chart topper, "The Baby". Despite the album not having the same single success as Shelton's debut album it still achieved gold certification and lead to Shelton singing guest vocals on Tracy Byrd's "The Truth About Men". Shelton's third studio Album, 'Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill' was released in 2004 obtaining him his third US Country number one single with "Some Beach". The album also featured multiple top ten hits including: "Goodbye Time" (cover of Conway Twitty's 1988 single) and "Nobody But Me". The album achieved Gold Certification and multiple tracks were featured on the TV film, The Christmas Blessing. Shelton worked with Braddock, Brent Rowan and Paul Worley (previously only Braddock) in order to produce his fourth studio album, 'Pure BS' in early 2007. The album originally received no number one hit single however was later re-released in 2008 with three bonus tracks including two US Country number one's with a cover of Michael Bublé's hit single "Home" and original song "She Wouldn't Be Gone". "She Wouldn't Be Gone" went on to become the lead of to Shelton's fifth studio album, 'Startin' Fires'. The album was produced by Scott Hendricks and lead to the release of the US Country number 8 single "I'll Just Hold On". On March 2nd, 2010 Shelton released a duet with Trace Adkins titled "Hillbilly Bone" via record label 'Reprise Records Nashville'. Hillbilly Bone became number one and earned gold certification, which lead to the release of EP, 'All About Tonight'. Later that year Shelton released his first Greatest Hits, 'Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton which peaked at number four on the US Album Country Charts. Shelton attended the "Country Comes Home" concert to celebrate the re-opening of the 'Grand Ole Opry House' after it's flooding in 2010. Shelton also went on to recorde the opening track for the 2011 Footloose remake starring Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid. Shelton won Male Vocalist of the Year when he appeared on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards where he also performed "All About Tonight". Shelton continued his television appearances after being a judge on talent competition, Nashville Star and later on Clash of the Choirs before earning a permanent place starring as judge and coach on the NBC reality TV series, The Voice. Shelton released his 6th original studio album in 2011 titled, 'Red River Blue'. The album's opening single "Honey Bee" received 138,000 downloads in its first week and achieved gold certification by its 7th week, setting a new record for the fastest gold certification by a male country singer. Honey Bee also became Shelton's ninth number one in the US billboard Country Charts and helped Red River Blue to become Shelton's first album to receive a number one in US Billboard Top 200. The album also featured US County number one hits: "God Gave Me You" (Dave Barns cover) and "Drink On It". Blake performed "Over" on the second season of the Voice which resulted in his 7th consecutive number one (US Country Charts) and his 12th number one hit to date. Shelton released his first Christmas album, 'Cheers It's Christmas' featuring classic Christmas songs performed by famous and acclaimed country stars and himself. The album peaked at number two in the US Country Charts and number one in the US Holiday Charts. On New Year's Day 2013, Shelton premiered his new single "Sure Be Cool If You Did" which reached number one on the US Country Charts. His eighth studio album, 'Based On A True Story.' debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 selling just under 200,000 copies. The album went on to be number one in the US Country Charts.
Personal Life: Shelton's older brother Richie died at 24 in a car accident when Shelton was still young (14 years old). Blake wrote about Richie in Lambert's song "Over You" which was named CMA song of the year 2012 and won the Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 for song of the year Blake married long time girlfriend Kaynette Gern in 2003, however got divorced shortly after in 2006. Shelton proposed to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert in 2010 after receiving her father's blessing. They married a year later with many country stars and celebrities in attendance. Shelton's father died in 2012 at the age of 71 due to declining health.
Gwen Stefani is gearing up to embark on her first solo tour in nearly a decade.
The pop star's latest album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March (16). Gwen later confirmed she would be going on a 27-date summer tour, where she will be joined by fellow Grammy Award winner and former collaborator Eve, who will serve as her opening act.
Speaking at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday night (30Apr16), Gwen shared that as this new tour will be her first major solo outing since The Sweet Escape Tour in 2007, she is very excited about reconnecting with her fans.
"I haven't toured in, you know a long time," she told Access Hollywood. "I know that when I tour, you actually see those faces, the people that supported me all these years."
Continue reading: Gwen Stefani: 'My New Tour Will Be Magic'
Blake Shelton surprised fans at a recent concert by inviting legend Randy Travis to share the stage with him.
The God Gave Me You singer was one of the headliners at the Off The Rails Country Music Festival in Frisco, Texas on Friday (23Apr16), and near the end of his set, Blake stunned fans by bringing Randy on stage with him.
Randy, who has slowly been regaining his abilities following his 2013 stroke, held Blake's hand as they slowly walked out into the spotlight. The 56-year-old smiled and waved to the crowd as they went wild with applause upon seeing the legend in person.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is Randy Travis," Blake told the audience. "You tell me miracles can’t happen. You’re looking at one right here, man. This is one of my heroes, and he ought to be one of your heroes. Thank you so much for being here tonight, Randy. We all love you.”
Continue reading: Randy Travis Surprises Fans At Blake Shelton Concert
Blake Shelton "loves" the duet he wrote with Gwen Stefani for his upcoming album.
The country music star and his pop star girlfriend Gwen have collaborated on song Go Ahead and Break My Heart, which will be featured on Blake's new album If I'm Honest.
And while Blake confessed last August (15), before the pair started dating, that he never saw himself "sitting down and writing songs" with the blonde beauty, he has since changed his tune on the idea of collaborations.
"We were at a point where it's like, 'Do we want to go there? What will people think?' And then we finally just got to the point where it's like, 'You know what? I don't give a s**t," he told PEOPLE magazine at an event benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Thursday night (21Apr16). "I love this song! This song's important to us and the fact that we wrote it together is so important to both of us."
Continue reading: Blake Shelton 'Loves' His Duet With Gwen Stefani
A judge confirmed their divorce back on April 8th, and details of the settlement have reached the public domain via TMZ.
Gwen Stefani’s divorce from her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale has been finalised by a judge: and the details of the settlement have made their way into the media spotlight. Unsurprisingly, they’re somewhat favourable toward the former No Doubt singer.
The former couple parted ways in August 2015 after 13 years of marriage and three children together, after Rossdale reportedly cheated on her with their nanny Mindy Mann. They filed court documents in Los Angeles back on April 8th detailing the division of their assets, according to TMZ.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in early 2015
Continue reading: Gwen Stefani's Divorce From Gavin Rossdale Finalised
Country star Blake Shelton has recruited his girlfriend Gwen Stefani to playfully 'leak' the tracklisting for his new album.
The Honey Bee singer debuted the cover art for If I'm Honest on Monday night's (18Apr16) episode of U.S. talent show The Voice, on which he serves as a mentor, and on Tuesday (19Apr16), Gwen took to social media to reveal the project's 15 song titles.
"Look what I found lying 'round the house!" the blonde beauty exclaimed as she shared a photo of the back of his new CD.
She then added the hashtags "#ispymyname" and "#goaheadandbreakmyheart", highlighting the name of a duet between the two lovebirds.
Continue reading: Gwen Stefani 'Leaks' Blake Shelton's New Album Tracklisting
Blake Shelton will get his day in court with editors at U.S. tabloid In Touch.
The country singer has scored a big victory in his defamation lawsuit after a judge rejected publication bosses' bid to have the case thrown out.
Blake filed suit over an article published in the weekly magazine last year (15), which suggested he was battling an alcohol problem and headed for rehab.
Reporters based the piece on a Mexican vacation the singer took with his manager and two friends, but Shelton maintains the two pals were a married couple and the suggestion he was having a wild time on holiday following the break up of his marriage to Miranda Lambert were way overblown.
Continue reading: Blake Shelton Defamation Case Heading To Trial
Blake Shelton's new album If I'm Honest represents his best work.
The 39-year-old singer is gearing up to release his latest record on 20 May (16). It's his tenth studio album and as he revealed the cover on Monday night's (18Apr16) episode of U.S. talent show The Voice, Blake insisted he is more than proud of his work.
"I'm excited about it!" Blake told the crowd of his record. "I think it’s the best I can do. I literally think it’s the best I can do."
The cover for the record features a black and white headshot of Blake with the words If I'm Honest overlaid in block capitals with blue accents.
Continue reading: Blake Shelton: 'This Album Is Literally The Best I Can Do'
Gavin Rossdale has agreed to divide assets in favour of Gwen Stefani rather than push for an equal split in their divorce settlement.
The No Doubt frontwoman announced she was splitting from the rocker in August (15) after 13 years of marriage, and asked for joint custody of their three sons Kingston, nine, Zuma, seven, and Apollo, two.
The former couple did not have a prenuptial agreement so Gavin was entitled to receive half of the assets they acquired during the marriage, in accordance with Californian law, but he has reportedly opted against taking money she earned through concert and record sales, according to TMZ.com.
Gavin is also not asking for child support and they will split custody evenly, but the Bush frontman will look after the boys most often due to Gwen's busy schedule.
Continue reading: Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale Are Not Splitting Assets
A Los Angeles judge has tentatively allowed country star Blake Shelton to proceed with his defamation lawsuit against U.S. tabloid editors.
The Honey Bee hitmaker is suing editors at In Touch magazine over a cover story they ran in August (15), weeks after he announced his divorce from Miranda Lambert.
The publication's editors suggested Blake had finally hit "rock bottom" in the "Rehab for Blake" story, while an accompanying article suggested Shelton's "drinking and womanizing" "helped torpedo his four-year marriage".
Shelton blasted the allegations, insisting he does not have a drinking problem, and filed suit against publishers at Bauer Media in October (15) in a bid to protect his reputation and career.
Continue reading: Judge Preparing To Allow Blake Shelton To Proceed With Lawsuit
Blake Shelton's driver has backed up the country singer's Mexican vacation story after he denied reports he partied hard during the boozy trip.
The Honey Bee hitmaker is suing editors at In Touch magazine over a cover story they ran in August (15), weeks after he announced his divorce from Miranda Lambert in July (15).
The publication's editors suggested Blake had finally hit "rock bottom" in the headline, while an accompanying article suggested Shelton's "drinking and womanizing... helped torpedo his four-year marriage". The piece also included quotes from a source who claimed Blake's friends were reportedly "terrified he could end up dead".
Shelton took issue with the allegations and filed suit against publishers at Bauer Media in October (15) in a bid to protect his reputation. He denied all accusations, insisting he wasn't in rehab and had no plans to seek any professional treatment, and was said to be seeking at least $2 million (£1.4 million) in damages.
Continue reading: Blake Shelton's Driver Supports Singer Over Mexican Vacation Lawsuit
Blake Shelton - Gwen Stefani watches her son Zuma Rossdale play flag football at the park. Her two other sons, Kingston and Apollo, attended as well. The whole family departed in Blake Shelton's SUV. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016
Date of birth
18th June, 1976
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