Blake Tollison Shelton
(born June 18, 1976 in Ada, Oklahoma) 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.
His second and third albums, 2003's The Dreamer
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 song "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 a total of fourteen singles on the country charts, including four Number One hits: "Austin" (2001), "The Baby" (2003), "Some Beach (2004-2005), and "Home" (2008). Besides these, he has charted two more Top Ten hits in the #10 "Goodbye Time" (a cover of the Conway Twitty song) and the #4 "Nobody but Me".