Ricky Van Shelton's children is he related to Blake Shelton?
Born Blake Tollison Shelton on June 18, 1976, in Ada, OK; son of Dick (a car salesman) and Dorothy (a beautician) Shelton. Addresses: Record company--Warner Bros. Records Nashville, 24 Music Square E., Nashville, TN 37203. Website--Blake Shelton Official Website: http://www.blakeshelton.com.
Blake Shelton burst on the country music scene in 2001 with the hit single "Austin" from his self-titled debut album. The song stayed at number one on the Billboard country singles chart for five straight weeks. The album itself remained for no fewer than 70 weeks on the Billboard top 40 country chart. He followed this remarkable debut with his second album, The Dreamer, in 2003.
Blake Tollison Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada, Oklahoma. His parents are Dick, a used car dealer, and Dorothy, a beauty salon owner; his sister is Endy. A brother, Richie, died from injuries sustained in an auto accident in the 1990s. Shelton's first public performance was at the age of eight, when he sang "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" at a local talent show. He sang in local bars and theaters while growing up, honing his craft and developing a unique style. He was writing his own songs by the time he was 15 and a year later won the Denbo Diamond Award, Oklahoma's highest honor for young entertainers.
Even while he was still in high school Shelton knew he wanted a career in music. He got a big dose of confidence from Mae Boren Axton, a songwriter who cowrote Elvis's hit "Heartbreak Hotel" as well as songs for Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Willie Nelson, and others. When Axton heard Shelton at one of his performances in Ada, she saw his potential and told him he was good enough to get a record deal, if he worked hard. And so, two weeks after graduating from high school in 1994, at the age 17, Shelton moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Shelton's first job there was working as a housepainter for Axton. She introduced him to the Nashville music industry, as Shelton later explained to Curtis Ross in the Tampa Tribune, "She made sure I met the right people and didn't fall in with the wrong ones." With Axton helping him make connections, Shelton began to write songs for Naomi Martin Music, Warner/Chappell Music, and Jerry Crutchfield Music.
Not long after moving to Nashville, Shelton landed his first recording contract. He was helped in this by songwriter Bobby Braddock, who'd written Tammy Wynette's hit "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and George Jones's "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Braddock liked Shelton's work and agreed to produce his first album. Shelton later credited him with almost single-handedly launching his career. "He didn't just help me out," Shelton told Sarah Rodman in the Boston Herald. "I still believe to this day that he's the guy who metaphorically walked up to me and said, 'Hey, you want a career? Here it is.'"
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