As previously reported, Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert delivered an emotional tribute to his tornado-ravaged home state to open Tuesday night’s live episode of “The Voice.”
The country music power couple, who live in Tishomingo, performed a heartfelt acoustic rendition of Lambert’s emotional chart-topper “Over You.” The couple co-wrote the song about the death of Shelton’s brother, Richie, in a car accident. The song has earned song of the year honors from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.
“It was rough. Luckily, Miranda happened to be in town. A lot of different producers came up to me and said do you want to do something for Oklahoma, and I said ‘Absolutely.’ I told Miranda we should just do ‘Over You,’ — that’s a perfect tribute to what a lot of people are going through,” Shelton told Extra in a video interview after the show.
He added, “Everybody that I’m friends with and all of my family made it through, but it still hurts and it’s still home.”
In an interview with CNN, the Ada native said he had family ties to Moore, the community most devastated by this week’s deadly tornado outbreaks.
“I spent three Christmases at my sister’s house in Moore, Oklahoma, and some of those helicopter views of the destruction, you could see her house a quarter of a mile away from there,” Shelton told CNN. “My nieces and nephews would have gone to that school (Plaza Towers Elementary), and when you start putting it in that sort of perspective, and then thinking, ‘Oh my God, I am so glad that they recently moved away from that area.’ And then you go, ‘What about all those people that didn’t?’ It’s hard to put into words, honestly.”
“The Voice” celebrity coach told reporters after Tuesday night’s episode of the show that he and NBC are putting together a benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims. He said the benefit will take place soon in Oklahoma City, according to the Associated Press. Details are said to be coming soon.
Shelton’s fellow coach on “The Voice,” singer Usher, told CNN he hopes to be part of the benefit, since he also has family ties to central Oklahoma.
“I have family in Oklahoma City,” Usher told CNN. “My little sister, Ashira — her family is OK. Unfortunately, that is something that you can’t — all you can do is put your best efforts forward, just let those who have been a part of this tragic reality, this natural disaster, know that we are thinking about them and care about them. I think that is 100 percent the effort.”
Toby Keith, who grew up in Moore and now lives in nearby Norman, also is planning a benefit, with details expected to be released soon. His sister’s house was hit by the tornado.