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Blake Shelton--Biography of 'The Voice' Judge

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Blake Shelton, judge on The Voice NBC

Reality TV Credentials:

Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is a judge and coach on the NBC singing competition The Voice. On The Voice Blake--like his fellow judges--selects contestants to be on his team, then coaches Team Blake singers and chooses some of the contestants to advance through various stages of the competition.

Professional Background:

Blake Shelton is a recording artist and country music star. He broke into the industry with the 2001 single "Austin" from his self-titled debut album. The song rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country chart, where it spent five weeks.

His first album also produced two more Top 20 hits and was certified gold, as were his second and third albums. A sixth album, Red River Blue was released in 2011 and its single, "Honey Bee" was certified gold in only seven weeks, setting a new record for the fastest gold certification by a male country singer. The single went on to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country chart, and become his fastest-climbing song.

Shelton has had 17 singles land on the country charts, including eleven number one hits. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 23, 2010 and performed at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010 where he also won Male Vocalist of the Year.

Personal Life:

In 2003, Shelton married longtime girlfriend Kaynette Gern. They were divorced in 2006.

Shelton went on to date fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert. After dating for five years, Shelton and Lambert were married on May 14, 2011.

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