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Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma on June 18, 1976. As a teenager, he wrote songs, played the Honky-Tonk bars and became a regular on a local country music show. At the age of 17, he met “Heartbreak Hotel’s” songwriter Mae Boren Axton, who suggested he should move to Nashville if he wanted to become a successful country music singer. Only two weeks after being out of high school, Shelton packed and headed to Nashville to become a country singer. He received a contract with Warner Bros. Records. In 1977 he was co-writing with Bobby Braddock (who co-wrote "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Time Marches On", among others).

In 2001, Blake released his self-named debut album (produced by Braddock) which was able to reach the third position in the US country chart. The first single from that album, “Austin”, was able to achieve the top position in the Billboard country chart (and stayed there for five weeks tying Billy Ray Cyrus' record for a debut single). Other singles where taken from that album: “All Over Me” and “Ol’ Red” both able to enter the top 20 country charts.

In 2003, Blake Shelton released his sophomore album, The Dreamer, which featured the number one country hit “The Baby” (staying in top for three weeks). The album was able to reach the eighth position in the US charts and second position in the US country. He spent most of that year touring alongside with Toby Keith. The album was followed by Shelton’s release Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill in 2004. The album reached third place in the country charts. “Some Beach”, a single taken from that album, was able to reach number one in the country charts. He also released a DVD of music videos titled Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill: Video Collection.

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