16 Things You Didn't Know About Blake Shelton

By Shayna Spero

June 16, 2021

Blake Shelton
Photo: Wes and Alex for iHeartRadio

We all know that Blake Shelton is a mega-successful singer-songwriter, who has lent his coaching talents to NBC's The Voice for all of its 16 seasons. After making his debut with his single, "Austin" in 2001, this country singer's star has never dulled. In honor of his birthday, today (June 18), we have compiled a list of facts about the country singer's life, achievements and that curly mullet.

1. He was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry via Twitter.

Photo: Getty Images

2. Blake has had over 25 number one singles. He set the record for the most consecutive #1 songs on Country charts in 2014 with “Doin’ What She Likes” and beginning with “Hillbilly Bone” in 2009.

56th GRAMMY Awards - Show
Photo: Getty Images

3. In 2018, the country singer established a cancer research program at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in honor of his infant cousin, Aspen, who underwent treatment for cancer at the hospital’s children’s center.

4. Shelton designed and drew his own deer tracks tattoo, which, according to the singer, has often been mistaken for a trail of ladybugs.

NBC's "The Voice" Press Conference
Photo: Getty Images

5. Shortly after high school, Blake moved to Nashville and landed a job at a publishing company. However, he was fired for constantly trying to talk to songwriters instead of doing his job!

Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

6. In the early 2000s, he owned a pet turkey that was aptly named “Turkey."

Photo: Getty Images

7. Blake Shelton opened restaurant and live music venue “Ole Red” in both Tennessee and Oklahoma. The restaurant got its name from Shelton’s hit, “Ol Red," a cover of the '90s George Jones song.

Ole Red Nashville Grand Opening Celebrations
Photo: Getty Images

8. In 2015, he rescued a group of strangers in Oklahoma that were stranded in waist-deep water by pulling them out with his tractor.

9. He was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2017.

10. Blake’s favorite show is Golden Girls and his favorite golden girl is Dorothy, who was portrayed by actress, Bea Arthur.

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - Season 14
Photo: Getty Images

11. In an attempt to impress fiancé, Gwen Stefani, by letting her know he was writing “Go Ahead And Break My Heart” as an ode to her, Blake sent her the first half of the song. Gwen finished writing the song, which wasn’t originally intended to be a duet.

Apollo in the Hamptons 2016: Hosted by Ronald O. Perelman
Photo: Getty Images

12. “I Wanna Talk About Me,” which was released by Toby Keith, was originally written for Shelton. It was going to be his first single.

53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards  - Show
Photo: Getty Images

13. Before he was a host on NBC’s The Voice, Blake was a judge on the fifth season of country-themed competition show, Nashville Star in 2007, a series that jump-started the singing careers of ex-wife, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and Kacey Musgraves.

The Voice - Season 16
Photo: Getty Images

14. Blake’s mother, Dorothy, can be heard singing on his track "Time For Me To Come Home" from his album, Cheers, It's Christmas.

View this post on Instagram

Happy Mother’s Day mama!!!!! I love you!

A post shared by Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) on

15. When the country singer started his career, he sported a curly mullet. In 2003 he told CMT, "I know it looks like crap, but it is just more fun to me to irritate people than cut my hair to satisfy them.”

29th Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals
Photo: Getty Images

16. Some of the songs on the singer's latest album, Body Language have been cut for several years, and some even go back to when he recorded the song "God's Country". The album's title track, "Body Language" was written by The Swon Brothers who finished in third place with Team Blake on The Voice in 2013.

Blake Shelton
Photo: Wes and Alex for iHeartRadio
Blake Shelton
Advertise With Us
Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


© 2024 iHeartMedia, Inc.