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By Steve McGarry
Sep 30, 2012
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Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma, on June 18, 1976.  His mom used to enter him in beauty pageants when he was a young boy, and he would sing in the talent portion of the shows.  Two weeks after graduating high school, 17-year-old Blake headed to Nashville to pursue a career in music.  Over the next few years, he struggled to earn his big break, while turning his hand to roofing houses and house painting.  

He eventually landed a record deal in 1998, and finally, three years later, released his debut single, "Austin."  The track soared to the top of the country charts and helped propel his self-titled debut album into the top three on the genre's album charts.  It was the first in a string of gold albums that spawned such chart-topping singles as "Some Beach," "Home" and "She Wouldn't Be Gone."  A 2009 duet with Trace Adkins - "Hillbilly Bone" - was another No.1 hit. 

2010 saw Blake scoop up a host of awards, including CMA male vocalist of the year.  He was also invited to join The Grand Ole Opry.

Having established himself as one of country music's biggest stars, Blake was introdueced to an ever wider audience in 2011 when he accepted a coaching role, alongside Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine on the hit TV show "The Voice."  

Married to fellow country star Miranda Lambert since 2011, he  has dominated the country charts in recent years with a string of No.1 singles, and his first U.S. No.1 album.
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