Blake Shelton grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, and loved music from a very early age. By the time Blake was 12, he was learning guitar and a few years later won a Denbo Diamond Award – high praise for young entertainers in Oklahoma. The following year (1994), at only 17, he headed off for Nashville.
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 ... Read more