Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His current single “God’s Country” became his 26th No. 1 on country radio, were it remained for a multi-week run, in addition to his 16th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the fastest country single in the past year to reach one million track equivalents. The “southern-rockin’ country stomper” (Rolling Stone), penned by Devin Dawson, Hardy and Jordan Schmidt, has accumulated more than 150 million on-demand streams. Shelton has also teamed up with the legendary Garth Brooks for rapidly climbing single “Dive Bar,” which earned the highest chart debut in seven years.
Drive, paired with raw talent and business savvy took this young man out of a little mountain town in Georgia and into the spotlight opening for award-winning artists, writing number 1 songs, and touring over 150 dates a year.
King grew up working with his hands, building work ethic as he built structures. “Those jobs made me who I am,” says John. “I started off working rock construction, putting in fireplaces, and walkways at about 14 or 15. It was tough, but it built character for sure.”
Citing his parents as the main reason he got into music, John credits them for their influence. “They are the only reason why music was introduced at an early age.” John’s musical tastes were formed early on by the southern rock sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Black Crowes. As country music took a huge leap forward in the 1990s, John found himself in awe of one of country music’s greatest entertainers, Garth Brooks.
When it comes to the fans, the bar is set high according to John. “I love the way Garth treats his fans like royalty…I wanna be like that… If you’ve made a long career in country music it’s because your fans love you.” As King puts it, “Entertaining a crowd, meeting the fans, hearing their stories, seeing them have the time of their lives…that is what God put me here to do…that’s my passion.”