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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.
Overall, Shelton has charted seventeen singles on the country charts, including six Number One hits: "Austin" (2001), "The Baby" (2003), "Some Beach" (2004-2005), "Home" (2008), "She Wouldn't Be Gone" (2009) and "Hillbilly Bone" (2010), a duet with Trace Adkins. Besides these, three more of his singles have reached Top Ten: a cover version of Conway Twitty's "Goodbye Time", "Nobody but Me" and "I'll Just Hold On".
Biographical info -- life before his musical career.
Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma, and began singing at an early age. By age sixteen, Shelton had received a Denbo Diamond Award in his home state. At age 17, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a recording career.
Blake Shelton and The Dreamer
After several years in Nashville, he signed to Giant Records in 1998. In 2001, he was slated to release a song entitled "I Wanna Talk About Me" as a single. Staff at the label considered the song unsuitable for a lead-off single, however, and the song was eventually recorded by Toby Keith, whose version was a Number One hit.
Instead, Giant released "Austin" written by Kirsti Manna and David Kent, as Shelton's debut single. Shortly after its release, however, Giant Records was dissolved, and Shelton was transferred to Warner Bros. Records, the parent company. "Austin" went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. This song was the single from his self-titled debut album, which also produced the #18-peaking "All Over Me" (which Shelton co-wrote with fellow country artist Earl Thomas Conley) and the #14-peaking "Ol' Red", the latter of which was a cover version of a George Jones song. Although Shelton's rendition was not a major radio hit, he considers it his signature song, and it has become popular in concert. Blake Shelton is certified gold by the RIAA.
Shelton's second album, The Dreamer, was first released on February 4, 2003 on Warner Bros. Records. Its lead-off single, "The Baby", reached Number One on the country charts, holding that position for three weeks. Although the second and third singles ("Heavy Liftin'" and "Playboys of the Southwestern World", respectively) only reached #32 and #24, The Dreamer earned gold certification as well. He, along with Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry, sang guest vocals on Tracy Byrd's mid-2003 single "The Truth About Men".
Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill and Pure BS
Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill was the title of Shelton's third studio album, released in 2004.Its lead-off single, the Harley Allen co-write "When Somebody Knows You That Well", peaked at #37 on the country charts, while the follow-up "Some Beach" went on to become his third Number One hit, holding the Number One position for four weeks. This single was followed by a cover of Conway Twitty's 1988 single "Goodbye Time". Both this cover and its followup, "Nobody but Me", reached Top Ten for Shelton as well. As with his first two albums, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill was certified gold. Accompanying the album's release was a video collection entitled Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill: A Video Collection.
On December 18, 2005, several of Shelton's songs, including "Nobody but Me", appeared on the TV movie The Christmas Blessing, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart, Angus T. Jones, and Rob Lowe. Shelton had a small role at the end of the movie, playing himself at a benefit concert, singing "Nobody but Me".
Shelton issued his fourth studio album, Pure BS, in early 2007. Unlike with his first three albums, which were produced entirely by Bobby Braddock, Shelton worked with Braddock, Brent Rowan, and Paul Worley as producers for this album. Its first two singles — "Don't Make Me" and "The More I Drink" — were both Top 20 hits on the country charts, respectively reaching #12 and #19. Also in late 2007, Shelton made appearances on television shows: first as a judge on the talent competition Nashville Star, and later on Clash of the Choirs.
Pure BS was re-released in 2008 with three bonus tracks, including a cover of Michael Bublé's hit single "Home". This cover, released in early 2008 as the album's third single, became his fourth Number One hit in July of that year.
Startin' Fires and Hillbilly Bone
"Home" was followed in August 2008 by the single "She Wouldn't Be Gone", his fourteenth chart entry and his fifth Number One hit, as well as the first time in his career that he had two consecutive Number Ones. "She Wouldn't Be Gone" is the lead-off to Shelton's fifth studio album, Startin' Fires, which has also produced the single "I'll Just Hold On". This album also includes "Bare Skin Rug", a duet with Lambert. It was produced by Scott Hendricks, except for one track which was produced by Brent Rowan, and another ("I Don't Care", which carried over from Pure BS) was produced by Braddock.
After "I'll Just Hold On" fell from the chart, in late-October 2009, Shelton released a duet with Trace Adkins titled "Hillbilly Bone." The song is the lead-off single and title track to Shelton's EP, Hillbilly Bone, which was released on March 2, 2010. The song has become Shelton's 16th consecutive Top 40 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart.
All About Tonight
After "Hillbilly Bone" reached #1 in February 2010, Shelton released "All About Tonight", as the lead-off single to his upcoming second extended play, which is set for release later in 2010.
Shelton was married to longtime girlfriend Kaynette Williams on November 17, 2003. They were divorced in 2006. As of 2006, he began dating fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert. Lambert also sang background vocals on his cover of Michael Bublé's song, "Home". Shelton's version of the song was a Number One single on the Hot Country Songs chart. Blake proposed to Miranda after asking her father for this blessing on May 9, 2010.
Main article: Blake Shelton discography
Blake Shelton (2001)
The Dreamer (2003)
Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill (2004)
Pure BS (2007)
Startin' Fires (2008)
Blake Shelton: Collector's Edition (2008)
Hillbilly Bone (2010)
All About Tonight (2010)
Blake Shelton - The Essentials (2009)
Awards and nominations
Year Association Category Result
2001 Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist Nominated
2002 Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist Nominated
2003 Academy of Country Music Vocal Event of the Year - "The Truth About Men" (with Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry) Nominated
2003 Country Music Association Horizon Award Nominated
Vocal Event of the Year - "The Truth About Men" (with Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry) Nominated
2010 Academy of Country Music Vocal Event of the Year - "Hillbilly Bone" (with Trace Adkins) Won
CMT Music Awards Collaborative Video of the Year - "Hillbilly Bone" (with Trace Adkins) Pending