1. Blake Tollison Shelton is an American country music singer and television personality.
2. The lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, “Austin” spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
3. The gold-certified debut album also produced two more top 20 hits . Although the album was released on Giant Records Nashville, he was transferred to Warner Bros.
4. Shelton is also known for his role as a judge on the televised singing competitions Nashville Star, Clash of the Choirs, and The Voice.
5. He has been on The Voice since its inception, and four out of the eight seasons his teams have won.
6. From 2011 to 2015, Shelton was married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert.
7. Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma, the son of Dorothy, a beauty salon owner, and Richard Shelton, a used car salesman.
8. Shelton began singing at an early age and by age 12, he was taught how to play the guitar by his uncle. By age 15, he had written his first song.
9. By age 16, he had received a Denbo Diamond Award in his home state. After graduating from High School at seventeen, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a singing career.
10. There he got a job at a music publishing company and, in 1997, he was aided by Bobby Braddock to obtain a production contract with Sony Music.
11. Some years later in Nashville, he signed to Giant Records in 2001.
12. In 2001, he was slated to release a song entitled “I Wanna Talk About Me” as a single.
13. Staff at the label considered the song unsuitable for a lead-off single, however, and the song was eventually recorded by Toby Keith, whose version was a number 1 single.
14. Shortly after its release, Giant Records was closed, and Shelton was transferred to parent company Warner Bros.
15. Warner released his self-titled debut album, which was produced by songwriter Bobby Braddock.