Blake Shelton was born and raised in Ada, Okla., the youngest of three children. His parents, Richard and Dorothy Shelton, divorced when he was nine, and when Shelton was 14, his older brother Richie was killed in a car accident. Shelton moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music just after graduating high school in the early ’90s, but he didn’t release his first single, “Austin,” until 2001; it soared to the top of the charts. In 2015, Shelton earned his 16th consecutive No. 1 single with “Gonna,” making him the artist with the most consecutive No. 1 songs on the Billboard and Mediabase country charts since the beginning of monitored airplay. The singer became a coach on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ since 2011.
Birthday: June 18, 1976
Did You Know ...: Shelton first heard his hit "God Gave Me You" on a Christian station.
Divorce, heartache, drama and love are major themes in country music, and Blake Shelton's new album will include them all. The singer says that his divorce from Miranda Lambert has, not surprisingly, influenced his new music, and his upcoming album will shed some light on the split.
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