OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton: From $40 to The Voice

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OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton: From $40 to The Voice

Published on October 22, 2012 by CMT News

Blake Shelton
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

The first time Blake Shelton earned
money for a performance, he was only about 15. He got $40 for playing the McSwain Theatre in Ada, Okla. He
told Cowboys Indians magazine
that until then, it hadn’t crossed his mind that he could ever make a living
making music.

“One day, after about the sixth or seventh time that I performed there, the guy that owned the show
came up and handed me $40. And I was stunned. I was just beside myself,” Shelton said. “I was 15, 16 years old – I
can’t remember which – and I just stood there thinking, ‘What the hell just happened? I just got money?’ Because,
hey, I would have paid him for the chance to play there. It was a really big moment for me.”

And now, 20 years after
that first paying job, he’s still making music, and helping new singers get their start on The Voice. But when he started
on the show, Shelton admits he thought his co-judges (Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine ) would be “all
Hollywood” and that they’d all have entourages.

“But as it turns out, we all have so much in common, it’s frightening,”
Shelton said. “I’d say we all let our guards down about halfway through season one. And now, especially that we’re into season
three, I’ve never seen the four of us closer than we are now and working as well together.”

And I’m sure he’s making
way more than $40 a night.

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