Who else, but Blake-a down home, charismatic, big hearted, country boy, could stand on country music’s main stage and have all the world singing country with him?
Recently, Blake Shelton had two songs “Over” and “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” to consecutively hit the charts and take number one slot on the country music charts.
Last night, at the CMA Music Fest LP Field, Blake took the stage singing “Footloose” and the crowd instantly took to their feet, dancing and singing with him.
“I was so afraid you all weren’t going to hang in here with me tonight,” Shelton said at the end of the song. “What was I thinking?”
Blake definitely has a way with his audience. Someone was quoted as saying all he has to do is change guitars and give the crowd a look and the fans burst with cheer. Maybe it’s that country boy swagger he has.
As the crowd cheers him on he sings “Boys Round Here,” and he encourages them to sing along with him.
“I hate to be too selfish in a time like this, but I would be a complete idiot if I didn’t play ya’ll something off my brand new album that maybe you haven’t heard yet,” Shelton says.
Blake Shelton is definitely making his mark in country music. While he was on stage, John Esposito, head of Shelton’s label, interrupted him to present a plaque in honor of his “Red River Blue” album which is now multiplatinum and the gold status of “Based on a True Story.”
Shelton’s country music influence can also be seen and felt on the reality singing competition, The Voice. His role as a coach on The Voice has introduced many people to country music.
When someone asked Blake about his impact on the voice he said, “Especially with the other coaches last week having all their artists do country songs, it’s kind of turned into the country version of The Voice,” he said. “I read a few articles of people saying the whole format has kind of shifted country. And my answer to that is, ‘You’re damn right.”
Blake has an upcoming tour “Ten Times Crazier.” Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer will join him. The first city scheduled on the tour is Virginia Beach, Va, on July 19th.
“I’ve been waiting for this tour a long time. If it hadn’t been for The Voice and the success of that show, my music career probably wouldn’t have gotten to the level that it’s at. I want to make the most of it. This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life, is to headline some of these bigger arenas and amphitheaters. I’m going to have fun with it. This is going to be a summer I don’t want to forget.”
Blake Shelton has definitely made his impact, and if you have not heard country, watch and listen as Shelton shares his music and we all sing with him.
By: Veverly Edwards