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Some would argue that Blake Shelton really didn’t achieve mainstream fame until he was in television homes across the country on a weekly basis, hitting his big red button and spinning around to create a team of up-and-coming artists on The Voice. But he had obviously achieved success in the country music world—after all, he was considered enough of an authority to be a coach. Before Shelton was even the slightest bit famous, though, he worked as a house painter—during a time in which camera phones and YouTube were things of crazy futuristic movies. That bums us out a bit, because we know he must have been humming little ditties on the job; he’s been a performer since he was a teenager, writing his own music by age 15 and even winning his hometown’s highest honor for young entertainers, the Denbo Diamond Award. He made his official debut with “Austin” in 2001 and has been steadily rising ever since.
See Blake Shelton performing “Austin” acoustically for AOL’s 2002 Music Session. And please, take a moment to pause the video so you can properly take in those lustrous locks.
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