Blake Shelton returns to "The Voice" in Season 9 with the incredible accomplishment of being the coach for four champions over the show's eight seasons. Season 7 winner Craig Wayne Boyd came on the footsteps of past victors Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope and Jermaine Paul.
His credentials as a country music superstar are impressive and were well established long before "The Voice" came into his life. He is the reigning five-time CMA Awards Male Vocalist of the Year and is a three-time host of the ACM Awards. He has earned a host of other awards and nominations, including multiple Grammy nominations as well as six gold and platinum albums.
Shelton's current single, "Gonna," is from his latest album, "Bringing Back the Sunshine," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 All Genre Album Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart. "Gonna" is also a bonus track on his upcoming album "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," which will be released on October 23.
Shelton has garnered 15 consecutive No. 1 singles, the most of any country artist in the modern era, giving him a total of 20 No. 1 singles.
Shelton's success was not a slow build, since his 2001 self-titled debut album would reach gold. The disc's top song, "Austin," reached the top of the country charts and started an incredible streak of No. 1 singles. Other top 20 singles from the album were "All Over Me" and "Ol' Red," and all three of those singles helped propel Shelton's burgeoning career. His second album, "The Dreamer," was released in 2003 and eventually reached gold. Leadoff single "The Baby" hit No. 1 in the country charts. "Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill" also reached gold, and his fourth disc, "Pure BS," saw the cover single "Home" reach No. 1.
While "The Voice" has increased Shelton's exposure to a national audience in instrumental ways, it wasn't the first time he has appeared on television. He served as a judge on "Nashville Star" and "Clash of the Choirs," and headlined his own Christmas special, "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas."
Shelton was born, raised and lives in Oklahoma, where he has strong community ties. In response to the devastating tornadoes of 2013, Shelton and NBC teamed up on the telethon "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert." With the help of Miranda Lambert, Reba, Usher, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, the telethon raised more than $6 million for United Way of Central Oklahoma.