2011 CRS Edition—On The Cover Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton

Label: Warner Bros. Records
Current Album: Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton
Current Single/Video: “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
Current Producer: Scott Hendricks
Hometown: Ada, Oklahoma
Management: Starstruck Management Group
Booking: William Morris Endeavour
Recent Hits: “All About Tonight,” “Hillbilly Bone,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” and “Home”
Awards: CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year; ACA for Music Video of the Year and Music Video: Male; ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year; and CMT Award for Collaborative Video of the Year
Special TV/Film Appearances: Co-hosting the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (April 3rd)
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Interesting Facts: I love “Words with Friends” on my iPhone; I’ve only ever owned trucks; I love log furniture and I have had three pet raccoons.
Outside Interests: Hunting; Gardening – growing watermelon, squash, sweet corn and potted tomatoes.
Musical Influences: Earl Thomas Conley, Bellamy Brothers, Conway Twitty, John Conlee
Favorite Record: Somewhere Between Right & Wrong (Earl Thomas Conley)

Things have never looked better for the young man who left Ada, Oklahoma, at 17 to pursue a career in Nashville. The going was slow initially, but Blake Shelton finally signed with Warner Bros. and launched with an impressive debut. Now, with his first ACM, CMA and CMT Award wins in 2010, the release of two SIX PACKS, a greatest hits album and his induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton is on his best roll yet.

The SIX PAKS are two of Shelton’s most recent CD’s, innovative ways to get music into the hands of his fans more often. The first, Hillbilly Bone, included a title track that sped to the No. 1 spot on the singles charts and won Shelton three major awards including Vocal Event of the Year from the Academy of Country Music; Musical Event of the Year from the Country Music Awards; and the Collaborative Video of the Year (with his partner in crime Trace Adkins) from CMT. His follow-up release, All About Tonight, debuted at No. 1 on the SoundScan Top Country Albums chart and No. 6 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it Shelton’s highest charting record-to-date.

In his third 2010 release, Shelton pulled out his first ever greatest hits album with, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton, which debuted in the Top 10 on the SoundScan Top Country Albums charts. The release added Shelton to an elite group of artists who have charted three records in one year–among those are Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson.

Shelton is making music that is resonating with a wide and rowdy country audience. He’s also exploring new ways to connect with fans via social networking. His irreverent, edgy, timely and hilarious tweets have become the talk of fans and industry alike. At a time when economics and political correctness are putting a squeeze on the average blue-collar American, he is holding aloft a bright torch of freedom, fun and music.

“The crowds are great,” he says, flashing his characteristic grin, “but, then again, we’re there for the same reason—to have a great time and share music that tells our stories and celebrates our lives.”

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