Here’s a kid who has definitely come a long way, since I interviewed him back in August 2002. It was early enough in his career, that he actually did an appearance at a local western wear store, before his show that night at one of our area Fairs. It wasn’t that long after “Austin,” and it was back when the more than shoulder-length curls stuck out from under his cowboy hat.
And fans, listen to this – it was back when less than 300 people showed up at an open meet and greet for autographs and photos. But then, it was also back when Blake was more than willing to hang out with all of them, no matter how long it took to get all the autographs signed, and all the pictures taken. Today I received a press release about Blake’s current single hitting No. 1. The press release follows…..
Three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist and reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton is celebrating his sixth consecutive No. 1 hit this week with “Drink On It.” The song marks Shelton’s 11th No. 1 single overall, and caps an incredibly successful spring for the man Rolling Stone calls “one of country music’s biggest stars over the last decade.”
Shelton recently wrapped his sold-out headlining arena tour, “Well Lit & Amplified,” which earned raves in all markets; with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying “Shelton wrapped the crowd around his finger with a fan-friendly mix of songs and storytelling.” The past four months have also seen Shelton complete his second stint as co-host of the ACMs, and perform “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl with wife Miranda Lambert. He can currently be seen every week as one of the coaches on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice, alongside fellow superstars Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green.
"I really couldn’t be happier about this one y’all," said Blake. "Bob Reeves and the WMN team, you beat the odds and won the game, and country radio, you are my brothers and sisters…I love you. Thanks so much for always supporting my country a*s. Now, let’s Drink On It!"
Blake Shelton is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). The reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year was nominated for three GRAMMY® Awards in 2012. “Drink On It” is the follow-up from his three-week No. 1 song, “God Gave Me You,” off his current release, Red River Blue, and marks Shelton’s sixth consecutive No. 1. Red River Blue debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.” Shelton’s infectious multi-week No.1 hit, “Honey Bee" is also off Red River Blue and is his first ever digital Platinum single. He holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years. Shelton now has eleven No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007.
That’s all for now – talk to you all soon!