ICYMI: Shelton Celebrates Album Launch on Citi Music Series on TODAY
Next Week: Performances on The Voice, The Tonight Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (May 21, 2021) – Everyone is speaking Body Language today as Blake Shelton releases his highly anticipated 12th studio album, out now (purchase / stream HERE). Produced by Shelton’s longtime collaborator Scott Hendricks, the 12-track record comprises his No. 1 smash “Happy Anywhere” (with Gwen Stefani) as well as his current hit single “Minimum Wage.” Other standouts include “Bible Verses” – declared “one of [his] best songs in recent years” (Rolling Stone) – and the album’s title track featuring The Swon Brothers.
“All I’ve ever wanted was to have good country songs to sing and some people who like to hear ‘em,” Shelton said. “I think that’s what we’ve got in Body Language. It’s been a project many years in the making – you can’t live with songs any longer than I’ve lived with these 12, and I still feel as strongly as I do about them. I hope others do too.”
He added, “I want my albums to have sad songs that make people cry and happy songs that make them smile. I want to push the limit far enough to keep myself and my fans interested, but not so far that they don’t hear anything on the record that brings them right back home. As long as people are like, ‘That’s what I wanted from Blake,’ then I’m happy.”
For the first time in his career, Shelton has released lyric videos for every track(watch HERE) in an effort to showcase the album’s songwriting. Abiding by the philosophy that the best song wins, he has long been a vocal supporter of creatives at all levels of the industry. Body Language showcases an incredible 30+ writers, from award-winning veterans to rising hit-makers to talented newcomers.
Shelton’s album launch celebration, which kicked off earlier this week, include a multitude of events and performances. Last night (5/20) he joined iHeartCountry for an official album release party, and this morning he took the stage for the Citi Music Series on TODAY. Check out the clips you may have missed and his upcoming appearance schedule below:
Performance airing in episode beginning at 8:00pm/7:00c (NBC)
5/24: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Performance airing in episode beginning at 11:35pm/10:35c (NBC)
5/26: The Kelly Clarkson Show
Performance airing in local time (check listings HERE)
For those who want to catch live performances of these new songs from the boot-stomping entertainer, Shelton also announced this week that he will be returning to the road for the “Friends and Heroes 2021” tour. He will visit 16 cities for a 17-date run, including a stop at Nashville’s own Bridgestone Arena and a two-night residency in Washington D.C. “Friends and Heroes 2021” will welcome very special guest Lindsay Ell, with special appearances by Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins.
Rescheduled dates from the 2020 run will honor previously purchased tickets, and additional tickets currently on sale (see below for more information). All new dates will go on sale Thursday, June 10 at 10:00am local time. Visit https://www.blakeshelton.com/ for links to buy. “Friends and Heroes 2021” will abide by all local and venue COVID-19 policies.
Today’s Body Language album launch further cements Shelton in country music history. Over the past 20 years since his career launched, he has accumulated more than 8.5 billion global on-demand streams, 11 million career album U.S. sales and award wins approaching the hundreds. He has also earned widespread recognition as a seven-time champion coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show The Voice. The NBC singing competition is currently in its 20th season. Along-time Grand Ole Opry member, Shelton has also found success in his Ole Red partnership with Ryman Hospitality, with restaurant and venue locations currently in Tishomingo, Nashville, Gatlinburg and Orlando.
The Girl Can’t Help It (Ben Hayslip, Josh Osborne, Mark Holman)
The Flow (Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne)
Neon Time (Jaron Boyer, Michael Tyler, Ben West)
Bible Verses (Joe Fox, Andrew Peebles, Brett Sheroky)
BLAKE SHELTON’S “FRIENDS AND HEROES 2021” DATES
All tickets on sale 6/10 at 10am local time except where noted
August 18: Omaha, NE / CHI Health Center*
August 20: Denver, CO / Ball Arena*
September 2: Philadelphia, PA / Wells Fargo Center
September 3-4: Washington, D.C. / The Anthem
September 9: Nashville, TN / Bridgestone Arena
September 10: Evansville, IN / Ford Center
September 11: Rosemont, IL / Allstate Arena*
September 16: North Charleston, SC / North Charleston Coliseum
September 17: Greenville, SC / Bon Secours Wellness Arena
September 18: Duluth, GA / Infinite Energy Center
September 23: St. Louis, MO / Enterprise Center
September 24: Tulsa, OK / BOK Center
September 25: Fort Worth, TX /Dickies Arena
September 30: Grand Rapids, MI / Van Andel Arena
October 1: Detroit, MI / Little Caesars Arena*
October 2: Milwaukee, WI / Fiserv Forum*
*Rescheduled date. These shows are on sale now. If you previously purchased tickets for one of these shows and you’re no longer able to attend, you may request a refund within 30 days. To be eligible, you must have purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster and not have transferred, posted, or sold them.