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Blake Shelton, born in 1976 in the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, is a popular country musician primarily known for his neotraditionalist approach to country music. In the vein of artists like Alan Jackson and George Strait, Shelton's music tends to focus on classic country music's instrumentalist roots, eschewing the pop-influenced sound that currently dominates popular country music today. Despite his traditional leanings, Shelton remains a popular artist within mainstream country circles.

At the age of 17, a long-haired young Shelton moved from his hometown of Ada to Nashville, Tennessee looking to make a name for himself in the world capital of country music. After a few years in the Nashville scene, Shelton signed to now-defunct label Giant Records and produced his first single "Austin" in 2001. "Austin" reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs index after appearing on his first self-titled album, which was released on Giant in 2001.

Shelton's sophomore release, The Dreamer, was released on Warner Brothers Nashville in 2003, spawning hit singles "The Baby" and "Heavy Lifting" and selling over 500,000 copies. He quickly followed up this success with his third album Blake Shelton's Barn and Grill which was released late the next year. It was also certified gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies, and producing a number of singles that landed in the top ten spots of the Hot Country Songs index, including "Goodbye Time."

In 2007, Shelton released his fourth album, Pure BS. While not a full departure from his neotraditionalist sound, the record does feature content with more humorous and relaxed stylings, like single "The More I Drink." In addition to a greatest hits compilation CD that he is expected to release in 2008, Shelton has most recently appeared as a judge on the 2007 season of Nashville Star, an American Idol-like talent search show with a focus on aspiring country musicians.

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American country singer and songwriter, born June 18, 1976 in Ada, Oklahoma.

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Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. This song was the first single from his gold-certified debut album, which also produced two more Top 20 hits. Although the album was released on Giant Records Nashville, Shelton was transferred to Warner Bros. Records Nashville after Giant closed in late 2001.

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Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music artist and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. This song was the first single from his gold-certified debut album, which also produced two more Top 20 hits. Although the album was released on Giant Records Nashville, Shelton was transferred to Warner Bros. Records Nashville after Giant closed in late 2001.

His second and third albums, 2003's The Dreamer (his first for Warner Bros. proper) and 2004's Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, were each certified gold as well. Shelton's fourth album, Pure BS, was issued in 2007, and re-issued in 2008 with a cover of Michael Bublé's pop hit "Home" as one of the bonus tracks. This cover was also that album's third single. A fifth album, Startin' Fires, was released in November 2008. It was followed by the extended plays Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight in 2010, and the album Red River Blue in 2011. Overall, Shelton has charted 22 singles on the country charts, including twelve number 1 singles and three additional Top 10 entries. Shelton has been nominated three times for a Grammy Award.

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