NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 4, 2016 – Award-winning country music phenomenon Blake Shelton will be the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story, which opens May 27, 2016, will explore the life and work of one of country music’s most popular and multi-dimensional artists.
“Blake Shelton is one of the most well-established contemporary artists in country music,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Countless accolades into his musical career, he continues to stay true to his sound and musical style, and continues to receive recognition for it. We’re honored to host this exhibition and to share the story of this incredibly talented individual.”
“I came to Nashville in 1994, and I've always been fascinated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” Shelton said. “I remember the first time I walked in there, I was blown away. To have my own exhibit is more than a dream come true, because I never dreamed it could happen! It’s crazy, is what it is. I couldn't be more excited or more honored than to be a part of the museum.”
With his bold vocals and rugged allure, Shelton was destined for stardom. The exhibition will examine the star’s road to success, from his childhood to his move to Nashville as a teen, and from his multi-platinum recording breakthrough to becoming a national celebrity on NBC’s The Voice, where Shelton has been the coach of four champions over the show’s previous nine seasons.
The country music superstar brought his honky-tonk roots to contemporary Nashville song craft, and he has since grown to be one of America’s most beloved celebrities. A range of artifacts, including stage wear, instruments, song manuscripts, photos, and personal items will help tell the story of Shelton’s struggles and triumphs.
About Blake Shelton:
Oklahoma native Blake Shelton was the Country Music Association’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year, and he has won the CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year five times. Shelton has sent 13 songs to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, beginning in 2001 with “Austin.” Shelton has 21 #1 hit singles across multiple country music charts. These hits are featured on his album Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, released in October 2015. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2010. Shelton has earned many awards and nominations throughout his career, including the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist. He is in his tenth season on NBC’s The Voice, and will host Nickelodeon’s slime-filled Kids’ Choice Awards on March 12. He is a nominee for Country Artist of the Year for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Shelton has started his 2016 tour, with support from Gildan, and he will release a new album later this year.
To learn more about the exhibition, visit countrymusichalloffame.org for details.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.