Things have changed a lot for Blake Shelton since he moved to Nashville. For one thing, the country music artist got a hair cut. But he’s also become one of the premier singers in the industry.
A lot has changed since Shelton moved to Tennessee in the 1990s. Back then, he had one goal on his mind. Even if he didn’t become the greatest to ever live, he wanted to hear his songs on the airwaves.
“I moved to Nashville after I graduated high school hoping to hear just one of my songs on country radio,” Shelton told Billboard. “I don’t think there’s a word to describe how blessed or fortunate I’ve been over these years.”
Blake Shelton Lands His First Hit
A fresh-faced and long-haired Shelton first moved to Nashville right after high school. He was only 17 and determined to make it in the industry. Though he missed out on recording “I Wanna Talk About Me.” That song ultimately went to Toby Keith. Shelton finally got his chance in 2001 with the hit song “Austin.”
The song became Shelton’s first of many No. 1 hits. It’s hard to imagine anybody but Shelton’s vocals on the song. He imbues the love ballad with tenderness and twang that made it a hit for its time. After that song, Shelton followed it with success after success.
“Now to have 28 No. 1 singles — not to mention two consecutive ones with the fantastically talented and life-saving Gwen Stefani — my lucky streak continues,” Shelton said.
At 44, Shelton is far removed from his younger self. He’s won numerous awards for his music, a Sexiest Man Alive award for his looks, and is engaged to be married next year. His music garners millions of listeners each year, and he continues to entertain with his theatrics on “The Voice.“
Shelton ultimately accomplished his dream and then some.