As an artist, Blake Shelton has shown steady growth and momentum since his impressive 2001 debut, which earned him the title of Radio & Records magazine's breakthrough country artist that year. His hits run the gamut from the sweet sentiments of "Austin" and "The Baby" through Shelton's powerful take on "Goodbye Time" and on to the hilarious "Some Beach" and the wildly original prison break story song, "Ol' Red."
Despite all his professional achievements, Shelton has a unique vision for what will ultimately define his success as an artist.
"I will never stop looking for that next level of my career and how to get there, but not for the reasons that a lot of people want to get there," he says. "I'm not chasing a dollar and I'm not trying to be the king of the mountain. When some old guy is driving down a back road somewhere 20 years from now, I want to be the guy whose old CDs he's been listening to all that time."