On the heels of becoming the first country music star to top the Billboard Artists 100 chart with his 11th studio album BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, CMA Awards’ reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton sat down to talk to Norah O’Donnell for CBS’ 60 MINUTES to talk about his music, his life and the country music genre.
Shelton, whose new album debuted at No. 1, says the reason the music is so popular is because its listeners and artists share a bond. “It’s not just our music, I think, that people feel like they can relate to. But it’s us. It’s the artists that they feel like they can relate to,” he says. “I know for me when I go home I hunt, I fish, and I plant corn, and I drive back roads. I literally do the things that I sing about.”
For the profile, O’Donnell went on tour with Shelton, attending a concert in Little Rock, Ark., and then accompanies him to his home town of Ada, Okla. There, Shelton drove her around to see the sights, including an apartment he once shared with his father in the lean years before he left for Nashville. He sits down with her for a long interview on stage at the McSwain Theater in downtown Ada.
The next edition of 60 MINUTES airs Sunday, Nov. 2 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/7:00-8:00PM PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Watch a preview of Blake Shelton on CBS’ 60 Minutes below.