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Blake Shelton

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“When I first heard ‘Austin’ I fell in love with Blake Shelton. I connected with his songs right away because he’s from small town Oklahoma and I grew up in farm country. In a time when everything was done simple. We didn’t have all of these modern day conveniences. His music has helped me most during difficult, trying times. When I adopted a special needs foster child, my son, I took a job as a special ed. teacher so I would have time off when he was out of school. It’s a tough job. The pay is awful, the hours are long, but it’s very rewarding. There were a lot of challenges working and raising my son every single day. Blakes music inspired me to keep striving to be the best I could be for my son and my students. He motivated me on the days when I just didn’t think I could keep going. My son is 22 now, he’s in college and I’m so proud of him. I feel like I’ve fulfilled my mission for him, with the help of Blake.”

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“I didn’t know all that much about Blake Shelton when I met him back around 2002 or so. I was working at Dave and Busters in Nashville and got to wait on him one night. I didn’t get to talk to him all that much, but he was really down to earth and took the time to make me feel like he was genuinely interested in me, asking about where I grew up and what part of town I was living in now. He just seemed authentic, not fake like some other artists I’ve seen.

After that, I started listening to his music more and more, and now he’s one of my all time favorite artists. The songs I like best are “Sangria” and “Go Ahead and Break My Heart”. But the one I have the strongest emotional connection to is “Over You”, which he wrote with Miranda Lambert about losing his brother. My Grandma passed away about 15 years ago. And every time I hear that song, I still tear up, thinking about her, and all the family and friends that I’ve lost. Wishing they were still here with me.”

An emotional live performance of “Over You” by Blake Shelton

“We are both musicians so I think we might connect to music and think about it in a different way than a lot of people. Blake has been an artist that’s inspired me since I was a kid. I grew up listening to his music and he’s still, obviously very much relevant today. When I think of his songs it takes me back to my childhood and specific memories. Like when I was 7 and we moved from Texas to Tennessee, it was something like 13 hours in the car, which is an eternity to a 7 year old. My parents had country music on the whole way and Blake came on more than a couple of times on that trip. When I hear those songs now, I’m right back there, in the car experiencing all those emotions of moving to a new place.

Later, as teenager I can remember searching for something to connect to and relate with. I think music connects with people in a way that words alone can’t, at least it did with me. When you here someone singing a song about what you’re thinking, you feel understood. As a teenager, and I guess in life, that’s all we want, is to be understood.”


“I grew up farming in Wisconsin, so country music feels like home to me and has always been a big part of my life. I think more than any one of his songs in particular, I respect Blake because of his admiration for the history of country music and his commitment to maintaining that integrity.

In a lot of traditional 9-5 jobs you can work along side someone for years and still not REALLY know them until something traumatic happens in their life. When you go through the process of writing a song with someone, you have to bear your soul to one another in order to create something meaningful. You have to be willing to be open and vulnerable in a way most people don’t have to in their working relationships. When artists are constantly striving to write music like that, eventually people are going to connect in some way with what they’re writing. Because even the most personal, major life events, happy or sad, aren’t exclusive to you. And that’s the healing power of music, when you realize you’re not the only one.”