The Odd Reason Blake Shelton Thought His Career Was Over

by Jeremy Spirogis
Blake Shelton attends NBC

Blake Shelton has had some of the profitable nation music careers of any fashionable artist. Not solely that, he’s managed to unfold his fame past nation audiences because of his spot as a decide on The Voice.

The success hasn’t gone to his head, and in interviews and TV appearances, Shelton persistently has an even-keeled and grateful view of himself and his profession.

It’s resulting from his open and sincere interviewing type that we all know for a time he truly thought his profession was over. Far from complaining about it, he took it in stride and was glad he had come so far as he had. Despite this speedbump, nevertheless, it appears nation music isn’t achieved with him simply but.

Blake Shelton’s early success

Shelton was one of many uncommon artists to get a primary hit proper out of the gate. In August of 2001, he launched the track “Austin” off of his self-titled album and it went straight to the highest of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Even when his first document label, Giant Records, closed down, he wasn’t deterred. He switched to Warner Bros. and stored on releasing hits.

When it involves Billboard’s Country Airplay charts, Shelton can boast a whopping 26 number one hits. At the peak of his profession, he had 17 primary hits in a row, however then issues began to decelerate. His 2017 album Texoma Shore had an preliminary number one hit, however the subsequent two releases didn’t fairly make it to the highest. Blake started to surprise if this was it for him.

He stated on the time: “It was like, ‘Oh, shit. We knew this would happen eventually.’ It was like, ‘We’re not the new guy anymore,’ you know… You always wonder what that would feel like, when that starts slipping away a little bit… And I was kind of okay with it. I was like, ‘Man, I got a lot more out of this than I thought I would.’”

Blake Shelton thought he’d by no means launch a full-length album once more

Shelton made peace with the truth that possibly one other album simply wasn’t within the playing cards for him, however he had loads of different issues to maintain him occupied. After all, he did have his decide place on The Voice and was relationship his fellow decide, Gwen Stefani.

He even instructed Entertainment Tonight in May of 2019: “I don’t want to put out an album. I really don’t. I’m sure that at some point my record company people are going to pressure me into it, but as of now, I’m not putting out an album this year. I know that.”

Shelton additionally mused about if individuals actually care about full-length albums in any respect anymore. With modifications in the way in which individuals hearken to music as a result of likes of streaming and social media, Shelton puzzled if it was even essential. He loved making and releasing singles and thought he can be content material with persevering with to do this, however issues modified fairly rapidly. 

How is Blake Shelton’s profession now?

Blake Shelton attends NBC's "The Voice" Season 14 premiere.
Blake Shelton | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images for NBC

Whatever his protestations have been to releasing a brand new album in 2019, it didn’t final lengthy. In December he launched his seventh full album entitled, Fully Loaded: God’s Country.

This is definitely in no small half because of his single God’s Country reinvigorating not solely his profession however his love of creating music. In an interview after his single, God’s Country, grew to become a smash hit he stated: “I heard the song, and it was almost like an awakening. It was like it re-energized me — like, ‘No, I don’t wanna be done with this,’ you know? ‘I wanna keep making records.’”

Among the songs on his new album is a duet along with his girlfriend, Stefani. The two can be performing it collectively for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

In an interview with Gayle King, Shelton gushes in regards to the expertise saying: “I can already tell you that’s going to be one of the greatest rushes I’m ever going to experience, being on stage with Gwen Stefani at the Grammys, doing our song together. The easiest thing in the world I’ve ever done is to sing any song with Gwen.”

Shelton additionally has an upcoming tour, “Friends and Heroes 2020,” that’s set to journey round America in February and March. For now, it appears, Shelton’s profession nonetheless has a while left but.

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