For Blake Shelton Christmas Comes Early

Reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the year, Blake Shelton is getting ready to release his first Christmas album, Cheers it’s Christmas on October 2, 2012 on Warner Bros. Records. The album will feature several duet performances including fellow The Voice adviser Michael Bublé, long-time friend, Reba and a very special duet with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford. The album includes classic Christmas songs that have touched Blake over the years. Many of the tracks were also recorded at the famous Capitol Studios with full orchestral accompaniment.

In 2008, Blake recorded a version of Bublé’s song “Home” that garnered both artists multi-week No. 1’s and marked Blake’s fourth career multi-week No. 1 single. For Cheers it’s Christmas, Bublé and Blake have reworked the single to embody the Christmas spirit and bring you back to the holiday. Another exciting duet performance on Cheers it’s Christmas is great friend Reba. This is the first time the pair has ever performed on a record together.

Blake literally brings the album home with a track he sang and co-wrote with one of the most special women in his life, his mother, Dorothy Shackleford. Nothing exemplifies Christmas like family, and with the single “Time For Me To Come Home” Blake and his mother capture the longing for a son on the road to finally come back home for Christmas time.

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Blake Shelton Is People Magazine’s Hottest Guy In Country Music

Blake Shelton is on fire! Hot records… Hot wife… Hot TV show… and now, he’s the Hottest guy in country music according to People Magazine. It’s safe to say that Blake’s life is pretty freaking hot right now.

Photos: Blake Shelton In Concert at Mohegan Sun Arena – February 26, 2012

One of our Google+ friends is an excellent photographer, and she has graciously allowed us to share some photos she took of Blake Shelton in concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena on February 26, 2012. Enjoy the pictures and be sure to leave Danielle a comment below if you enjoy the photos. Thanks!

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Blake Shelton Reschedules Tour Dates‏ Due To The Passing Of His Father

Blake Shelton's 'Red River Blue' MP3 Album

NASHVILLE, TN – (January 18, 2012) – It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Blake Shelton‘s father, Dick Shelton. Mr. Shelton, who was in declining health this past year, was surrounded by loved ones in Oklahoma upon his passing last night. Due to this unfortunate event, the following dates of his “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” have been rescheduled: Rapid City, SD (1/19), Bismarck, ND (1/20), Billings, MT (1/21) and Bozeman, MT (1/22). The rescheduled dates in March are listed below.

“I appreciate your understanding during this difficult time and thank you for all your prayers. Your support means the world to me. I love you guys,” said Blake.

Rescheduled Dates:

Bismarck, ND             March 20th

Rapid City, SD            March 21st

Bozeman, MT             March 22nd

Billings, MT                 March 23rd

Tickets for the above-mentioned January dates will be honored at the rescheduled dates in March.  Refund requests will be honored at the original point of purchase. For up-to-date tour information, visit www.BlakeShelton.com

The “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” will continue as scheduled next week in Columbus, GA on Jan. 26.

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Photo: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Havin’ A Good Time On New Year’s Eve

From the looks of this photo and Anne V.’s statement on Twitter, it appears that Blake and Miranda had a pretty good time on New Year’s Eve. Anne V tweeted the photo below with the headline: “Best New Years ever!!!” Pictured with Blake and Miranda are Anne V., Kelly Clarkson and Blake’s co-star on The Voice, Adam Levine.

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Don’t Mess With Kelly Clarkson, Or Blake Shelton Will Throat Punch You…

Recently, Kelly Clarkson has been attacked by many of her Twitter followers after she tweeted, “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”

Personally, I don’t have a problem with celebrities, musicians or even athletes tweeting about their religion, politics or favorite type of peanut butter, but, if they do go down that road, they’d better have some pretty tough skin.

Fortunately for Kelly, she’s got one of country music’s biggest stars pledging his support. Blake Shelton tweeted yesterday, “@kelly_clarkson I love you!!!! I’ll listen to your viewpoints anytime. And I really wouldn’t mind throat punching someone for you either!!”

My favorite part of Blake’s tweet is this sentence, “I’ll listen to your viewpoints anytime.” (Well, I really loved the throat punch comment as well…) Why? Because that’s what it is. Kelly is giving her view. One of my best friend’s political and religious views are directly opposite from mine, but that doesn’t mean I hate him. On the contrary, I actually enjoy talking to him because I get to hear a different perspective from my own. Fortunately, we do agree on a few things like the love of country music.

Anyway, without getting too deep on you, just wanted to share my view, which is to lighten up. Disagree with the view, but the not the person. Trust me, it can be done…

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Blake Shelton Sets Sail On “Blake Shelton & Friends Cruise” October 14-21, 2012

Joining the Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in the Line-Up Are: Trace Adkins, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Neal McCoy, Justin Moore and Jerrod Niemann

NASHVILLE, TN – (December 7, 2011) – Three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist, Blake Shelton is setting sail with some of his Country music friends on the “Blake Shelton & Friends Cruise” from October 14-21, 2012. Adding to the already previously announced acts, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Neal McCoy are Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Justin Moore and Jerrod Niemann. The “Blake Shelton & Friends Cruise” is a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean’s on board the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Pearl.” For more information on the cruise, visit www.BlakeSheltonCruise.com.

Flying Dutchmen Travel is pleased to announce that due to a redeployment of ships in their fleet, the Norwegian Cruise Lines are substituting the Norwegian “Pearl” in place of the original ship the “Jewel.” The upgrade will treat guests to one of the cruise lines’ newest ships and includes an array of luxurious improvements. All original cabin reservations will be automatically transferred.

LEE BRICE:
Three-time ACM nominee LEE BRICE released his debut album Love Like Crazy on Curb Records in June of 2010.  The title track off of the album, “Love Like Crazy,” reached the top five on the charts and was named Billboard’s #1 country song of 2010.  It currently holds the record for the longest charting song in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.  The song was nominated for the 2011 CMT Music Awards’ USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year award.  Brice is also known for his songwriting, penning hits for many great artists including Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw.  Brice recently wrapped up Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour and is now on tour alongside Josh Thompson and Luke Bryan for CMT’s Tailgates and Tanlines 2011.  In addition, his first single, “A Woman Like You,” off  of his sophomore album, hit radio Monday, October 17. For a list of upcoming tour dates and the latest Lee Brice news, visit www.LeeBrice.com.

RANDY HOUSER:
Los Angeles Times wrote that Randy Houser adds “grit to the genre” with his 2008 debut album ANYTHING GOES, which positioned the Mississippi-born, soul-drenched country singer and songwriter to become one of the next big artists to emerge in the genre. “Anything Goes” catapulted into the Top 20 after an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman and the follow-up hit single, “Boots On,” reached Top 5 on Billboard and Mediabase charts.  The album landed Houser ACM, CMA, and CMT Award nominations. Houser co-headlined his first tour with longtime pal Jamey Johnson on CMT ON TOUR ‘09 and completed his first USO tour overseas with Johnson and Kellie Pickler in January 2010 before joining Gary Allan on the GET OFF ON THE PAIN TOUR. His latest album, THEY CALL ME CADILLAC, was released on Sept. 21, 2010 and was met with praise from The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, among others, naming it a top release of the year.  The album features the hit single “Whistlin’ Dixie” which Houser performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. With over 150 performances this year, Houser was most recently on the renowned Country Throwdown Tour with his personal hero, Willie Nelson, and friends. He is currently performing at fairs and festivals around the country. For more information on Randy Houser including upcoming tour stops, please visit www.RandyHouser.com.

JUSTIN MOORE:
Justin Moore’s star has grown significantly since he was named Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2009.” This Southern Country stylist has sold over 2.2 million digital downloads to date and his sophomore album OUTLAWS LIKE ME hit the #1 spot the week it was released. OUTLAWS LIKE ME includes the fastest-rising single of Moore’s career, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” which ascended to the #1 spot. His debut album scored three consecutive smash singles (the #1 “Small Town USA” as well as the hits “Backwoods” and “How I Got To Be This Way”). He has been profiled by publications from The Washington Post, People Country and Billboard to USA Today. Additionally, his debut was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best albums of 2009. Justin’s National TV appearances have included The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NPR, WGN Midday News, FOX, Associated Press and Better TV while his music has been featured on Hannity & Colmes and NFL Rewind. He just wrapped up a summer tour with Rascal Flatts and a few dates this fall with Darius Rucker and Miranda Lambert and will open for Blake Shelton in 2012. For music and more, visit www.moorejustinmusic.com.

JERROD NIEMANN:

Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann is enjoying the success of his current hit, “One More Drinkin’ Song,” which follows his two RIAA-certified Gold Digital Singles, the Top 5 “What Do You Want” and #1 “Lover, Lover.”  Niemann co-produced and was a writer on 10 of the 12 songs on his acclaimed album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010.  Upon release, the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart and remained the only major label debut to hit #1 on the chart all year.  Niemann’s multiple award nominations in 2010 included his first CMA Award nomination as New Artist of the Year.  Jerrod will hit the road on Miranda Lambert’s 2012 “On Fire” tour beginning in January. Visit Jerrod online at www.jerrodniemannofficial.com.

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Blake Shelton Wins Two ACA’S For Music Video Of The Year And Music Video: Male

Nashville, TN – (December 6, 2011) –Blake Shelton celebrates another career-making night with two award wins at last night’s fan-voted American Country Awards. Blake took home ACAs “Music Video of the Year” and for the second consecutive year, “Music Video: Male” for his multi-week hit, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.” The awards top off an incredible year for Shelton who has claimed award wins from every major country awards show (ACA, ACM, CMA, CMT) this year. Last night, Shelton performed his latest heartfelt No.1 hit “God Gave Me You” at the award show.

Blake Shelton is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times). The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year recently celebrated three GRAMMY® nominations and a three-week No. 1 hit with his song, “God Gave Me You.” The single is off his release, Red River Blue and marks Shelton’s fifth consecutive No. 1. Red River Blue debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.”

Shelton’s infectious multi-week No.1 hit, “Honey Bee” is also off Red River Blue and is his first ever digital Platinum single. He holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years. Shelton has ten No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007. Shelton is currently one of the musician coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” along with superstars Christian Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine.

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Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Phil Vassar, Kellie Pickler And More Added To Arizona Country Thunder

4-day passes currently only $120, new hotel and transportation packages now available

Country Thunder logo.1Florence, AZ (December 2, 2011) – As 2011 comes to close we are one step closer to Arizona Country Thunder, and organizers are proud to unveil over ten additional acts that have joined the festival line-up, including 3-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Alan Jackson as Sunday’s headliner!  Jackson has earned 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards, 35 #1 hits, and has sold nearly 60 million albums to date – all of which make him one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music today.  Jackson is set to close out the 19th annual Arizona Country Thunder festival and will join previously announced headliners Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Big & Rich for the premiere country music, camping, and entertainment festival taking place on April 12-15, 2012.

Numerous other artists have also been added to the line-up, starting with Texas based talents like Wade Bowen and the Eli Young Band who will take the stage on Thursday along with fan-favorite Craig Morgan.  Morgan, recently signed to Black River Entertainment, has just released his new album “Good Ole Boy”, sure to add to his current count of 14 number one hits! Big & Rich previously announced for Friday night, will be joined by Steve Holy, hit-maker Jake Owen, country sweetheart Kellie Pickler, and Sawyer Brown, who has continued their success for over 20 years through non-stop energetic performances and chart topping hits including “Some Girls Do” and “Thank God For You”.  Saturday’s line-up includes headliner Blake Shelton,  Country Thunder favorite Neal McCoy, ACM and CMA winner Joe Nichols, recently Grammy nominated duo Thompson Square, and hot new country act, The Farm!

For the final day of the festival, country music’s leading piano man and two-time ACM winner Phil Vassar will take the stage. With two current albums, Noel and Hits Live On Broadway, Vassar continues to entertain country fans nationwide with his boundless energy and infectious sound.  Also performing on Sunday with Jackson is Illinois native Brett Eldredge, and The Band Perry, who has recently been honored with three CMA Awards, including the coveted “New Artist of the Year” award.

For full access to the festival, you can purchase a 4-day pass for only $120, and new this year, the festival is offering the opportunity to purchase seats closer to the stage with (GA) RSVD seating with prices ranging from $200-$375. Another great addition this year is the new hotel + transportation packages offered through Country Thunder, so be sure to visit www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418  for further information or to purchase all things Country Thunder!

Current announced line-up:
Thursday – Main Stage
4:00-5:00pm    Wade Bowen
5:30-6:30pm    Eli Young Band
7:00-8:30pm    Craig Morgan
9:00-10:30pm  Dierks Bentley
Friday – Main Stage
2:30-3:30pm    Steve Holy
4:00-5:00pm    Sawyer Brown
5:30-6:30pm    Kellie Pickler
7:00-8:30pm    Jake Owen
9:00-10:30pm  Big & Rich
Saturday – Main Stage
2:30-3:30pm    The Farm
4:00-5:00pm    Neal McCoy
5:30-6:30pm    Joe Nichols
7:00-8:30pm    Thompson Square
9:00-10:30pm  Blake Shelton
Sunday – Main Stage
4:00-5:00pm    Brett Eldredge
5:30-6:30pm    Phil Vassar
7:00-8:30pm    The Band Perry
9:00-10:30pm  Alan Jackson

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Blake Shelton Receives 
Three Grammy Nominations

Shelton Receives Nods in the Categories “Best Country Solo Performance,” “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Album”

NASHVILLE, TN – (December 1, 2011) – Blake Shelton receives multiple GRAMMY® nominations today in three of the four Country categories for “Best Country Solo Performance” for “Honey Bee, “Best Country Song” for “God Gave Me You” (written by Dave Barnes) and “Best Country Album” for his album, Red River Blue. This is Shelton’s first award nomination for “God Gave Me You,” a three-week No. 1 and his fastest rising single to date, and his second award nomination for “Honey Bee.” “Honey Bee” is his first ever digital Platinum single and holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years. Both nominated songs, “God Gave Me You” and “Honey Bee” are off his current release and GRAMMY nominated album, Red River Blue.

“It’s one thing to be acknowledged by the GRAMMY voters for one of your songs, but to have two songs nominated, and the album that their both off of, is an emotional experience. I may never have something like this in my career again and I’m darn well going to enjoy it!” said Shelton.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live on CBS on February 12.

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