Shelton's first few years in Music City were dotted with small successes. Though he sold a few tunes to publishing companies, but it wouldn't be until 1998 that he would land a record deal of his own.
In 2001, Blake's first single, “Austin,” was released to lead his eponymous debut album. The track sat at the top of the country chart for five weeks. Two more cuts – "All Over Me" and "Ol' Red" – were released in 2002 and their success helped push the album into gold sales territory.
A year later, Shelton's sophomore set dropped, The Dreamer. The lead single, “The Baby,” went number one for three weeks. The next two songs off the album, “Heavy Liftin” and "Playboys of the Southwestern World," failed to even make the Top 20, but the album still went gold.
For his third time at bat, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill came in 2004 and included a companion DVD of music videos. Although the first single missed the mark, the second swing, "Some Beach," spent four weeks at the top of the chart. The two subsequent singles made it into the Top 10 for another gold album effort.
Shelton's fourth effort came in 2007 with Pure BS which included a couple of Top 20 tunes as well as contributions from Blake's now-wife, country singer Miranda Lambert. The album was re-released in 2008 with three bonus tracks, one of which hit number one, Shelton's cover of Michael Bublé's "Home.”
That same year saw the release of Blake's Startin' Fires which included his fifth number one single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone." Lambert made another appearance here on “Bare Skin Rug.”
Making an interesting follow-up move, Shelton used 2010 to issue two EPs in Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight. The tactic paid off with three more number one hits with the two title tracks and "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking."
With all those notches on his belt, it was time for a greatest hits collection – Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton. The year's highlights continued with an induction into the Grand Ole Opry and a Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
All of those accolades landed Shelton a gig in 2011 on NBC's The Voice as a coach to the competing singers. The year would also see Shelton and Lambert get married, as well as another new album – Red River Blue – and another number one song -- “Honey Bee.” He also repeated his CMA win and added an American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist.