Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single “Austin“. Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, “Austin” went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
This song was the first single from his gold-certified debut album, which also produced two more Top 20 hits. Although the album was released on Giant Records Nashville, Shelton was transferred to Warner Bros. Records Nashville after Giant closed in late 2001.
His second and third albums, 2003′s The Dreamer (his first for Warner Bros. proper) and 2004′s Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill, were each certified gold as well. Shelton’s fourth album, Pure BS, was issued in 2007, and re-issued in 2008 with a cover of Michael Bublé‘s pop hit “Home” as one of the bonus tracks. This cover was also that album’s third single. A fifth album, Startin’ Fires, was released in November 2008. He is currently a vocal coach on the NBC reality talent show The Voice with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green.
Overall, Shelton has charted seventeen singles on the country charts, including nine Number One hits: “Austin” (2001), “The Baby” (2003), “Some Beach” (2004–2005), “Home” (2008), “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” (2009), “Hillbilly Bone” (2010), a duet with Trace Adkins, “All About Tonight” (2010), “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” (2011), and “Honey Bee” (2011). Additionally, three more of his singles have reached Top Ten: a cover version of Conway Twitty‘s “Goodbye Time“, “Nobody but Me“, and “I’ll Just Hold On.”
Shelton was married to longtime girlfriend Kaynette Williams on November 17, 2003. They were divorced in 2006. As of 2006, he began dating fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets Concert. Lambert also sang background vocals on his cover of Michael Bublé‘s song, “Home“. Shelton’s version of the song was a No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart. On May 9, 2010, after dating for four years, Shelton proposed to fellow singer Miranda Lambert, after seeking (and receiving) her father’s blessing. The two got married on May 14, 2011 at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. Five hundred fifty people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers. After the wedding, Shelton expressed his joy stating, “I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed. Finally, it’s official!”