There’s no doubt that Country music artist Blake Shelton is making
his mark as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.” The award-winning
singer/songwriter has won the past two seasons of the show with his team.
I spoke with Shelton after the live results show Tuesday and he told me one of the things he is most enjoying about the opportunity to coach on “The Voice” is being able to pass along to his contestants the lessons he has gained on his journey as a musician in the world of Country music. “For me the most rewarding thing besides taking the kids through
this journey personally is discovering how much I’ve learned over the years just doing what I do. I was telling somebody earlier, I’ve been making records and touring as a Country artist for ten years and most of that stuff that I’ve learned along the way I would have probably just taken to the grave with me. And now all of a sudden just through
a strange thing that happened called “The Voice”, I’m realizing my gosh I have learned a lot over the years and there probably wouldn’t have been anybody else to really talk about this to other than these kids that are trying to do exactly what I did and go down the road
that I went down; and that’s try to make it as a musician,” said Shelton, who added that he was surprised to realize some valuable wisdom he picked up before that wasn’t as prominent to him until he began sharing it. “There’s so many little things that you learn along the way that turn out to be big deals that you don’t even realize it until you start talking to one of these kids about it. It’s helped me to discover some stuff about me that I didn’t even know.”
And Team Blake is certainly thankful for the advice their coach is sharing!
The youngest contestant in the competition, 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery, had no shortage of praise for her mentor and told me it is a surreal dream come true for her to be coached by Shelton. “Before this, I would see him on TV and say I love Blake Shelton. I
want to meet him someday. I watched seasons before this and I would say, ‘if I was on the “The Voice” I would be on Team Blake’! And now I’m here being coached by him! It’s a blessing. Everything about him is amazing.” said Bradbery, who has belted out hits by Carrie Underwood on the show, which she says was encouraged by Shelton.The Texas native said that being on “The Voice” and being mentored by Shelton has raised a true feeling of confidence within herself. “I’m definitely learning that I can do bigger and better things. Before I never thought I could do anything like this. But I made it to the Top Ten of “The Voice”! That’s crazy! It really shows that I can just get up there and do something and achieve it.”
Just like her fellow Texan team-mate, Holly Tucker from Texas also said she is discovering new things about herself from both the show and working with Shelton that she believes are making her a stronger artist.“What I’m most enjoying is learning to let go and not worry so much because I am a natural worrier. I want to do my best with everything I do. I’m always analyzing and thinking. But sometimes I over-analyze
things and so coming on the show and having Blake just tell me I shouldn’t be afraid to be myself- it’s helped me open up. And I love that,” said Tucker, who opened Monday night’s performance show with a powerful version of “How Great Thou Art.”
Team Blake’s The Swon Brothers from Oklahoma are the only duo to make it this far in the competition (now at the top eight) and they told me they are having the time of their life getting to do what they love on “The Voice” and present to the world of Country music what they are gaining from Shelton. “It’s just cool to be able to represent country
music and Team Blake the way we get to.”
In addition to being a great music teacher to his group, Shelton is also leading by example through his compassion. The platinum-selling artist is currently organizing a television concert to benefit the victims of the massive Tornado that hit his home-state of Oklahoma this week. “We’re putting it together as quick as we can. We’re working with NBC
and hopefully it will be something big and raise a lot of money,” said Shelton, who along with his wife, fellow Country artist Miranda Lambert, opened Tuesday’s show by paying tribute to those impacted by the disaster with a special performance of the award-winning single they co-wrote together, “Over You”. I think “Over You” was the perfect song for this situation. I wish things could have been different, and I wish I wouldn’t have had to be
thinking about performing a song like that but it just seemed like the right thing to do.”
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The Voice airs live on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8pm est on NBC.