Blake Shelton Admits He Misses ‘The Days When You Struggled’
Blake Shelton hasn’t been hurting for money for many years as he started to make his mark in Nashville in the early 2000s with hit songs, which led to tours and eventually awards. Then in 2011, he became a TV star on NBC’s The Voice, and money was never an issue after that. However, not long ago, Blake told me in an interview that he actually misses the days when his pockets were not so full of cash.
Shelton said, “All of it I miss, you know, from back in the days when you struggled. It’s funny. Those are the memories that you cherish the most. Nobody talks about the great opportunities. They talk about the time they couldn’t afford to get gas in their car and something they had to do to get by, you know?”
He adds, “‘Cause those are the times that build character, I think, well, they were for me.”
Blake will present his fellow Oklahoman, Toby Keith, with the “Country Icon Award” at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards, which will take place in September at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.
The award will honor Keith for “his decades-long career as a groundbreaking musician, humanitarian, and entrepreneur.” The honor will also recognize his career as a musician, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Toby has scored 32 No.1 singles and has sold 40 million albums.
Early in his career, almost 20 years ago (2004), Shelton toured and opened shows for Toby Keith nationwide. At the time, he told me, “Toby is one of those guys that is so famous and so big, and he is one of those artists that’s just worldwide. You don’t have to be a country music fan to be a Toby Keith fan. It’s just way bigger than that. I step on stage with over 20 thousand people per night, and 15,000 of them may or may not have ever heard of me. Touring with Toby has probably been the biggest break I’ve had since I started doing this.”