“The Voice” coach and Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, as well as his Team Blake adviser Sheryl Crow, are set to perform on the hit NBC musical competition series this week.
Shelton will perform his new single “Boys ’Round Here” on tonight’s edition of the show, while Crow will sing “Easy” on Tuesday’s live episode.
“Boys ’Round Here” is the second single released off Blake’s new album, “Based on a True Story …,” which was released earlier this year and features the his wife Miranda Lambert’s band the Pistol Annies.
Shelton is CMA Awards’ reigning Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year. With eight consecutive No. 1 singles (13 overall), Shelton is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times). His infectious multi-week No.1 hit “Honey Bee” still holds the record for the fastest-selling digital platinum single for a male country solo artist and his current smash hit, “Boys ‘Round Here,” is his fastest-rising single to date.
“To a purist, Mr. Shelton is a savvy student of tradition. To a would-be outlaw, he’s forever adding a wink. He’s a star who is only as explicit as you want him to be,” said Jon Caramanica of The New York Times. Shelton’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from “The Voice” make him an incredible ambassador for country music. Shelton kicks off his “Ten Times Crazier Tour” July 19 in Virginia Beach, Va., and the tour will come to Tulsa’s BOK Center on Oct. 4. For more information on the Tulsa show, go to www.bokcenter.com.
On Wednesday, Shelton, his wife Miranda Lambert and fellow Oklahomans Vince Gill and Reba McEntire will play the televised “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” for victims of last week’s devastating central Oklahoma tornadoes. The benefit show is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and it will air live at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC. For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.
“Easy,” which was released digitally on iTunes in March, combines both rock and country. The song is part of Crow’s upcoming eighth studio album, due out in September.
Since the release of her 1993 seven-time platinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club,” Crow has performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. She has also been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys, her most recent for 2008′s critically acclaimed “Detours.”
Crow launched her very own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor, has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the World Food Program. Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide.