Blake Shelton is a ‘Musical Jukebox’ Says Fiancee Gwen Stefani About His Interest in Ska Music

by Jim Casey

Blake Shelton is full of country music knowledge, but he’s playing catch-up in the world of ska.

Blake’s fiancee, Gwen Stefani, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 15 for a virtual sit-down.

Of course, in her pre-Blake days, Gwen had a stellar career fronting ska band No Doubt. Jimmy broached the topic of Blake’s ska expertise after Gwen talked about her recent foray into country music.

“He is very curious about [ska],” said Gwen to Jimmy. “He’s a musical jukebox. So I feel like he’s always constantly asking me—he’ll get online and . . . he’ll list all these random ska bands that I’ve never heard in my life that I don’t know really existed or not . . . He picks these bands from the ’90s, and he’ll ask me about them, and I’ll be like, ‘I think we played with them.’ He’s actually interested.”

Blake Shelton Moves to Music City

You’ll have to excuse Blake’s lack of ska knowledge. When bands like No Doubt, Sublime, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and more were finding success on the charts in the 1990s, Blake was Nashville-bound. Two weeks after graduating high school in 1994, the Oklahoma native moved to Music City to chase his country music dream.

The move worked. Blake Shelton has scored 28 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2001. In fact, Blake’s two most-recent No. 1 singles, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere,” were collaborations with Gwen.

But what may be more impressive than Blake’s 28 No. 1 singles is the resume Gwen has built over her 30-plus-year career. Gwen has scored No. 1 singles on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, Billboard pop chart, Billboard rap chart, and Billboard country chart.

Blake, 44, and Gwen, 51, began dating in 2015. The couple announced their engagement in October 2020. No wedding date has been announced yet.