On This Day: Blake Shelton’s Single ‘Austin’ Debuted in 2001

by Keeli Parkey
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April 16 is a very important day in Blake Shelton’s life. It was on this day 20 years ago that his first No. 1 hit song made its debut.

Of course, that song was “Austin” – a heartbreaking track about a lost love. And, it helped propel Shelton into the country music spotlight.

The popular singer and coach on “The Voice” – and the fiance of Gwen Stefani shared his thoughts about the song via his Twitter account on Friday.

“The song that started it all.. #Austin. Looking back, 20 years ago I would have never imagined how my life and career would evolve.. thank y’all!!! https://wmna.sh/austin,” Shelton shared along with a clip from the music video.

Blake Shelton wasn’t the only person celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Austin” on Friday. His fans also joined in and praised the singer and the song

“It’s not the song Blake…. it’s you singing this song. That’s what made it such a classic and great song. It’s like Kenny Rogers singing The Gambler. BTW, your version of Gambler was so good when you sang it at the Opry. You are so talented. Please write more songs!” one fan said.

“Great American Country channel used to play videos that are mega hits. I remember the first time I saw #Austin. You were sitting on the front fender of a sweet red Mustang convertible, singing and playing your guitar. You had long curly hair and a cowboy hat. I was hooked,” another shared.

“Congrats!! This song is just amazing, it’s not only a song, it’s telling a story. And with your voice and (your) talent you made it up to the top of country music. Well deserved,” another fan commented.

You can watch Blake Shelton’s video for his 2001 single “Austin” below. It will certainly take you back in time. Just check out the singer’s hair!

Learn More About Blake Shelton’s Hit Song, ‘Austin’

In 2020, one of the people behind Blake Shelton’s hit song “Austin” shared some details about what went on behind the scenes with CMT. That person was producer Bobby Braddock. And, according to the producer, Shelton initially did not want to record the song.

“I thought ‘Austin’ was a little bit hokey at first, but by the end of the song, I thought, ‘Man, this is kind of cool. This is like one of those Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movies,'” said Braddock. “But Blake pretty much said the song wasn’t macho enough for him at first.

“So I told him, ‘I think you need to listen to it again.’ He did, then came back and — like I did — had a change of heart. And he said, ‘Man, I think this is a pretty cool song.'”

The rest, as they say, is history.

“Austin” was written by David Kent and Kirsti Manna. Fans have them to thank for giving Blake Shelton moving lyrics such as “If your callin’ ’bout my heart it’s still yours / I should have listened to it a little more / Then it wouldn’t have taken me so long / To know where I belong.”

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