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Blake Shelton

  • American musician
  • Born June 18, 1976

Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". The lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The now Platinum-certified debut album also produced two more top 20 entries ("All Over Me" and "Ol' Red").His second and third albums, 2003's The Dreamer and 2004's Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, are gold and platinum, respectively.


I love to deer hunt and fish and drive down the back roads in my truck. All those things basically equal freedom to me - and not having to return that message or call from my record company or management.




I still love farming and gardening and things like that in the summertime.




Standing center stage in the six foot circle of wood cut from the stage of the Ryman is something I never take for granted. The history and legacy of that circle is awe-inspiring.




I stand by the stuff I say, even the really stupid stuff. I'll find a way to justify it.




The wussiest thing a guy can do is drive a clean truck. Dents, scratches and mud - that's manly.




One of my pet peeves about Nashville is that it tends to be copycatted. I don't want to do that. I've got to be different.




I'm not that smart, but I'm smart enough to know that if Usher wants to help you, you let him.




I want to stand for something, and it's probably going to be something that some people stand against.




When things go wrong or don't turn out the way you pictured them in your head, you just have to go with the best intentions defense. I have a lot of good intentions.




I've only had one platinum album, and it's 'Red River Blue'.




I can't say that I've ever actually got on a horse and roped a cow, no.




The way my family always did Christmas was on Christmas Eve, it wasn't really centered around a dinner on Christmas Eve. It was more about keeping the kids calm. Sometime after dark is when we were going to open all the presents underneath the tree from Mom, Dad and the kids and everything - just the family presents was every Christmas Eve.




One thing that you can't fake is chemistry.




I love getting the pontoon boat out, and I don't get to do it as much anymore. If I know in two weeks or a month from now I've got three days off, I can start planning for that stuff, getting out there with friends and family and relaxing, just floating around and hanging out.




When I hear other artists talk, they talk about 'How come radio's not playing my song?' Well, you have to look at it under a microscope and know that each station is just trying to do what's right for their market, and it's scary for a radio station to add a song that they don't know how well it's gonna do for them.




I love to deer hunt and fish and drive down the back roads in my truck. All those things basically equal freedom to me - and not having to return that message or call from my record company or management. At some point, I need to recharge.




When I think about the songs I might record, I ask myself, 'Can I picture anybody I know back home sitting in their truck cranking this up?'




I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14 years old. When I decided I wanted to be a country singer, my dad always told me, 'Son, you should write a song about your brother.'




I probably have the crappiest tattoo - not only in country music - but maybe the world.




To me, what makes an artist is a unique personality that they're not afraid to let show.




When you start dating another country star, the first question is, 'When are y'all gonna do a duet?' And what sucks about that is people expect you to do it whether you want to or not.




There's something actually more intimidating about playing a small, intimate room. Your mistakes are that much more under the microscope.




I had so much fun playing songs from 'Based On A True Story...' and getting to see the crowd's reaction to those songs was unforgettable.




I'd love to have a big old hug with Richard Simmons.




Anytime that the Arizona Cardinals play football, I scream at the top of my lungs at the television. And I have certain dances that I do.




My favorite television show has changed throughout the years. I used to think 'Married... With Children' was really funny. But now that I've gotten older, it's 'The Golden Girls,' believe it or not. That shows kills me.




What you need to know about me is that I always just wanted to be a country singer. I didn't choose the path of television or being on magazine covers.




My life has been an open book, for better or for worse.




Learning to not be selfish is what has changed in me the most since being married.




I'm not the kind of person who thrives in 'the scene.'




I think the worst thing you can do is blend in. Why would you ever want to blend in?




I'm a country artist first and just happen to be on television doing it.




We were playing a fair, and a few people were handing me stuffed animals and flowers, but one person handed me a paper sack. So I took all the stuff back to the bus. I put the sack in my lap and opened it, and a live iguana jumped out of the sack and onto my shirt. I screamed like a little girl!




I'm not that crazy about how some of the men dress in Los Angeles.




Where I live in Oklahoma, it's all ranchers. My friends are all cowboys and pretty rough guys. If I had a hot tub back there, I may as well have Richard Simmons come over and live with me.




Jason Aldean is actually probably a really good rapper. He sounds like it to me.



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