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Blake Shelton celebrated at a private No. 1 party on Friday afternoon (June 7). Shelton was surrounded by the songwriters and publishers behind "Over" and "Sure Be Cool If You Did."
The songs were written by writers with different industry affiliations -- ASCAP, BMI and numerous publishing companies -- the laid-back party took place in the club level of the LP Field stadium after Shelton finished rehearsing for his CMA Fest appearance later that evening.
Special guests included Keith Urban, who owns the publishing company representing songwriter Jimmy Robbins. "Sure Be Cool If You Did" was co-written by Robbins and long-established songwriters Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins. It was the lead single on Shelton's current project, 'Based on a True Story'.
"Over" was written by Paul Jenkins and David Johnson. It was the fourth single from Shelton's 'Red River Blue' album. Jenkins and Warner Bros. executive and producer Scott Hendricks both recounted how the song had been bumped from a previous project (or two) before finally making it onto a record.
Shelton thanked the writers and publishers first, when he spoke to the attendees. Referring to the Warner Music Nashville personnel who get singles up the chart, he added, "Sometimes I think I feel like it's the promotion staffs that should be coming up here instead of me."
Addressing that team, he continued, "I tell you, man, you do everything. You do everything. Once we make the record, once they write the song, it's you guys that push it all the way up there. And Keith can tell you this: You almost feel guilty sometimes. Like tonight, I'm going to be out there on the stage, in front of all those people, soaking up all the glory. And I had the easiest part of all in this. It's all the people on this stage and half the people in this audience that really make this happen. And I love all y'all for it. Thank you."
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Photo: Trae Patton/NBC
Blake Shelton organized "Healing in the Heartland" last week, a concert to benefit those in need of help in Oklahoma following the devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the state on May 20. The concert was a huge success, bringing in $6 million dollars in pledges and ticket sales which went to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, whose spokesperson told NewsOK.com the organization had nearly $3 million in its relief fund prior to the show.
Reba McEntire was just one of many performers at the "Healing in the Heartland" concert in Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena. The one-hour show, organized by country artist and Oklahoma native Shelton, featured a number of musicians, all of whom urged viewers to donate to United Way's tornado relief fund by texting, calling or visiting the organization's Facebook page.
Shelton kicked off the evening with a heartfelt performance of "God Gave Me You," he and his backing band donned in black. "But you stay here beside me / Watch as the storm blows through / And I need you," he sang, before explaining the methods viewers and attendees could follow to donate to the relief efforts.
Shelton wasn't the only Oklahoma native to perform. Fellow country star Vince Gill served up one of the more poignant moments of the evening. "It's sure good to be home. I'd like to do this song for 24 people that didn't make it," Gill said, referencing the lives lost in the tornado before performing an intimate "Threaten Me With Heaven."
Fellow Oklahoman and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, Shelton's "Tulsa buddy," appeared sans his usual band on "Counting Stars," one of the more upbeat tunes of the evening, against a backdrop of shooting stars while he danced across the stage.
Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, sang a tribute to the pets lost or displaced during the storms. "The House That Built Me" featured shots of animals found in the rescue efforts, while Lambert, overcome with emotion, prompted the audience to sing along while she gathered her composure.
The evening's only collaboration included " The Voice" cohorts Shelton and Usher, who teamed up on Michael Buble's "Home." Watch the performance below.
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts filled out the evening's country music leanings. Bryan performed one of the night's more upbeat tunes with "Crash My Party," while Rucker delivered a positive message on "True Believers." Rascal Flatts, meanwhile, delivered a stripped-down "I'll Stand By You," flanked by hundreds of lighters in the crowd.
In addition to the performances, many celebrities appeared onscreen to express their support for the relief efforts, including country legend Garth Brooks, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and NBC late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno.
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Blake Shelton‘s “Healing in the Heartland” benefit concert is set for May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event will be aired live on NBC beginning at 9 p.m. ET. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis. Premiere and Cumulus will also simulcast the concert.
Artists expected to participate include Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, though more performers will be announced later.
“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” says Shelton. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”
The event will raise money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma, following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on May 25. Tickets are $25 and are limited to eight per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
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Blake Shelton is partnering with NBC to organize a benefit concert for the victims of the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma on May 20, killing at least 24 people and destroying the city of Moore, Oklahoma.
“We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard at the conclusion of the Tuesday edition of The Voice. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.”
Shelton hails from Ada, Okla., located approximately 75 miles south of where the tornado touched down.
Blake and his wife, Miranda Lambert, opened Tuesday night's The Voice with Lambert’s recent hit ballad, “Over You.”
“I think it was the perfect song for this situation,” Shelton said. “The moment was right and I wish things would’ve been different and I wouldn’t have been thinking about performing a song like that.”
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Somehow finding time between coaching on The Voice, touring and being married to Miranda Lambert, on March 27 Blake Shelton headed to the celebrated Electric Lady Studios in New York City, where he joined the likes of John Lennon, Elvis and Bob Dylan – by performing a special live recording of his own songs.
All spring, Shelton, 36, has been busy keeping up with his gigs and promoting his new album, Based on a True Story, but he's not one to complain about his schedule.
"I do love what I do and it is fun every time I get to perform," he tells PEOPLE Country, "whether it's performing on The Voice or performing in some cornfield somewhere."
Watch an exclusive video of Shelton's "Mine Would Be You" HERE.
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Blake Shelton Based On A True Story … (Warner Bros./WMN)
"Best way to put into a song, my personality, and the kind of people that I hang out with," says Shelton of the album's lead-off track "Boys 'Round Here" which features Pistol Annies. "This [song] is the guys back in Tishomingo, OK and every town around this country." The 12-track album includes the current single, "Sure Be Cool If You Did" and the inspiration for the upcoming tour, "Ten Times Crazier."
Alan Jackson Precious Memories Volume II (EMI Nashville)
The follow up to the 2006 release Precious Memories, this marks Jackson's second foray into gospel music. “Denise and I had made a list of 30 to 40 songs to do for that first album,” says Jackson, who developed the project with his wife. “We had so many that we didn’t get to, I thought we’d go in and do a few more just the same way-- heartfelt and simple.”
Thompson Square Just Feels Good (Stoney Creek)
“There are a lot of fun, upbeat songs on this new album. It’s very diverse and kind of all over the map,” says Keifer Thompson, who along with his wife Shawna make-up the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the year. They wrote co-wrote five of the 13 songs including the lead single, "If I Didn't Have You."
Maggie Rose Cut To Impress (RPM)
The first full-length album pulls its title from a lyric in the track "Mostly Bad." "It was one of those lines that stood out to me because it represents so many things that embodied my debut album," says Rose. "It's a confident statement about all the cuts on the album and it’s also is a statement saying I have cut out a place for myself as an artist that is different and unique."
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Photo credit: M. Mosley
It all started with a tweet from Blake Shelton this past Thursday, March 21. "Greenville, South Carolina... You!!!!!! Blind horse saloon tonight!!! Be there.", the country superstar tweeted. It was mayhem from that point on as country fans immediately began doing whatever was necessary to make sure they could get to the free admission, first come basis show. Suddenly, many became "sick" or had some type of "emergency" that required them to leave work, school or wherever they were! The line to get into the show began forming within the hour of Shelton's tweet.
Photo credit: M. Mosley
Packed to capacity, the crowd of fans that were able to get into Greenville's Blindhorse Saloon were treated to a three hour show. Shelton took no prisoners as he played a full band show belting out hit after hit. And he didn't just treat the crowd to his own hits. Blake sang some of his favorites by his idol George Strait, Travis Tritt, Jerry Reed, Conway Twittty, Garth Brooks and many more. Shelton joked with the crowd that they would have to help him sing some of the songs, and hoped he remembered the words. They sang along, however, Shelton's memory seemed to serve him well. The CMA Entertainer Of The Year gave new meaning to the title that night and went on to do the same in Macon, GA, the following night. Way to give back to the fans Blake!
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The Academy of Country Music’s ACM Honors winners will be feted at an event held on Sept. 10 in Nashville. This year’s honorees are:
Keith Whitley and The Judds, recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. This award honors individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre. Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Wills and Dwight Yoakam, among others.
Jason Aldean, recipient of the Crystal Milestone Award. This award is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift.
Blake Shelton has been chosen to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music. Past recipients of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award include Garth Brooks, George Burns, Jeff Foxworthy, Willie Nelson and George Strait.
Lady Antebellum has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Alan Jackson, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, among others.
Tommy Wiggins has been chosen as the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music. Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include John Dorris, Rod Essig, Gayle Holcomb, Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli, Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed and David Young.
Guy Clark and Hank Williams have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music. Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Roger Miller, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz and Cindy Walker.
Additional ACM Honors awards include:
CASINO OF THE YEAR – Red Rock Casino & Resort – Las Vegas
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR – Joe’s Bar – Chicago
VENUE OF THE YEAR – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR – Jerry Hufford – Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Ed Warm – Joe’s Bar
MBI (MUSICIAN, BANDLEADER, INSTRUMENTALIST) AWARDS:
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Jay Joyce
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Chuck Ainlay
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jimmie Lee Sloas
PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Matt Chamberlain
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Aubrey Haynie
GUITARIST OF THE YEAR – J.T. Corenflos
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Michael Rojas
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Ilya Toshinsky
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Mike Johnson
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD:
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dallas Davidson
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In addition to co-hosting this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will pull double duty as performers during the show. Bryan and Shelton are among the first round of performers at this year’s event, along with Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Kelly Clarkson.
Eric Church is the most-nominated artist this year with seven nods, while Hayes comes in second with six nominations.
The Academy of Country Music Awards will air on CBS on April 7 live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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Blake Shelton’s forthcoming album, Based On A True Story…, is available for pre-order now on iTunes. Visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/based-on-true-story...-deluxe/id606057263?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 to pre-order. The highly anticipated album was first made available for pre-order February 19 in the official Blake Shelton store at www.BlakeShelton.com. The iTunes package lets fans choose between the standard album digital download, or the Based On A True Story… Deluxe Digital Edition, which features the album’s digital download with three bonus tracks, the “Sure Be Cool If You Did” music video, and an exclusive instant grat track of “Ten Times Crazier.”
Blake’s first single off the album, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Tracks chart in its first week of release and has been called “ludicrously catchy” by Entertainment Weekly giving it an A-. Based On A True Story…, also featuring tracks with the Pistol Annies and Gwen Sebastian, will be available everywhere on March 26th.
CM Awards co-host, CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton, is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times). With seven consecutive No. 1 singles (twelve overall), Blake’s infectious multi-week No.1 hit, “Honey Bee” holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. Blake’s current hit, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” is off his 10th studio recording available everywhere March 26th.
Blake Shelton’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from The Voice make him an incredible ambassador for country music. Starting July 19 in Virginia Beach, VA, you can catch Blake live on his “Ten Times Crazier Tour.” For dates visit: www.BlakeShelton.com