Video: “The Voice” Season 4 premieres March 25; Blake Shelton teaming with Sheryl Crow, planning bromance with Usher
The Season 4 premiere of “The Voice” is exactly two months away, and its seems Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton is planning a new bromance on NBC’s hit reality TV show. Check out the uproarious Season 4 promo posted below.
In between coaching singing hopefuls on “The Voice,” Shelton is planning to launch his “Ten Times Crazier Tour,” which includes an Oct. 4 stop at Tulsa’s BOK Center, July 19 in Virginia Beach, Va. For more information on the Tulsa show, go to www.bokcenter.com.
“The Voice” will premiere March 25 with two new judges – Usher and Shakira – filling in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, whose bromance is become a favorite aspect of the show for fans, will return for the fourth installment.
NBC revealed this week that Sheryl Crow will join Team Blake during the Season 4 Battle Rounds.
“Sheryl Crow is one of the coolest people in the music industry and to have her as an adviser on my team is pretty darn cool,” Shelton said on “The Voice’s” Facebook page.
In addition to working with Sheryl Crow, Blake indicated he would be pursuing a new bromance with Usher this season:
Republic Nashville has officially signed Cassadee Pope to its roster. The young singer-songwriter emerged while competing on NBC’s “The Voice” and winning the Season 3 title last December.
Chosen for Team Blake by Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, Pope excelled throughout the competition, displaying diverse musical tastes and talents, covering songs like Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.” After a performance of “Over You” – honoring her mentor and his wife and fellow Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert – the tune catapulted to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes All Genre Chart.
“I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family. I am so passionate about my music and I couldn’t be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career,” said Pope in a news release.
Big Machine Label Group President Scott Borchetta echoed those sentiments.
“Cassadee was a standout from day one and once she delivered her incredible version of Miranda Lambert’s ‘Over You,’ I started working over my NY label partner Monte Lipman (CEO of Republic Records) to try to convince him that Cassadee belonged in Nashville,” Borchetta said in the release. “Each week Cassadee continued to knock down big Country songs by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Faith Hill, and after she won we were THRILLED to find out that Cassadee was on the same page with us and wanted to come to Nashville. The BMLG Team is over the top excited about Cassadee Pope!”
Republic Nashville President/BMLG EVP Jimmy Harnen added in the release, “Cassadee simply has it all! Phenomenal singer, incredible stage presence, an endearing and charming personality…she’s a star! Everyone at Republic Nashville and the Big Machine Label Group is simply over the top about welcoming her to the family!”
Pope’s best-of album, “The Voice: The Complete Season 3 Collection,” catapulted into the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart less than a week after her victory. She has also made national television appearances on “Today,” “Live! With Kelly & Michael” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” among others.
Pope was Team Blake’s second straight “The Voice” winner, following Jermaine Paul’s Season 2 victory. The fourth season of NBC’s hit reality TV show, featuring Shelton, Adam Levine and new coaches Usher and Shakira, will premiere on March 25.
Check out Pope’s performance of “Over You”:
Tulsa native Adley Stump, a country singer-songwriter best known as a contender on Season 2 of “The Voice,” recently released a lovely version of Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered ballad “Hallelujah.”
There have been countless renditions of “Hallelujah” done over the years; in fact, “The Voice” Season 3 cast and competitors recently performed the song as a tribute to Newtown, Conn. But I particularly like how Adley’s deep croon complements Cohen’s epically sad song.
The Oklahoma State University grad’s version of “Hallelujah” is available for download from iTunes and Amazon. Adley talks about the challenges of covering the Cohen song in this video:
Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton’s Christmas song “New Kid in Town” is being used in an advertisement for the 2013 miniseries “The Bible.”
The 10-hour miniseries will star Roma Downey (“Touched By an Angel”) and is produced by Mark Burnett (reality shows “The Voice,” which stars Shelton, and “Survivor”), reports The Boot.
The rendition of “New Kid in Town” featured in the commercial is a solo version. Shelton’s holiday album “Cheers, it’s Christmas” includes a duet version with Kelly Clarkson, who also joined him to perform the song on his “Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas” TV special.
Check out clips from “CMT Invitation Only: Blake Shelton,” which was released Tuesday on DVD.
Taped before a small studio audience in Nashville, the one-hour special features the Tishomingo resident performing several of his biggest hits and new favorites, along with an informal question-and-answer session with fans. The DVD includes “God Gave Me You,” “Honey Bee” and “Footloose” and never-before-seen versions of “The Baby,” “Drink on It” and “Home,” according to CMT.com.
The Ada native, who has expanded his audience as a judge and a winning celebrity coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” was named entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year at this year’s CMA Awards. His recording of “Over” is nominated for best country solo performance at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
As previously reported, it’s been a big week for Shelton, whose contender Cassadee Pope won Season 3 of “The Voice” on Tuesday night.
Wednesday Video Spotlight: Cassadee Pope becomes first female winner of “The Voice,” makes it two in a row for Blake Shelton’s team
Cassadee Pope, who was one of two finalists representing Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton’s team, was named the first female winner of NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice” Tuesday night.
Team Blake actually had two of the three contenders in the finals: Pope and Terry McDermott, who finished second. The third-place finisher, Nicholas David, was representing Cee Lo Green’s team.
That makes two winning seasons in a row for Team Blake, whose Jermaine Paul won Season 2.
Check out last night’s announcement of the winner, along with Blake, Cee Lo and fellow coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine performing Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”:
The live finale for Season 3 of “The Voice” is airing at 8 tonight on NBC.
Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, one of the reality shows celebrity coaches, has two of the three contenders in the finals: Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott. The third finalist, Nicholas David, is representing Cee Lo Green’s team.
Tonight’s all-star performance lineup includes Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Smokey Robinson, The Killers and Peter Frampton!
From Monday’s show, check out the finalists’ duets with their coaches as well as the show’s touching tribute to the victims and community of Newtown, Conn.:
Check out this video of Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and his contenders on Team Blake performing the holiday classic “White Christmas” on “The Voice.”
On Tuesday, the final three of the hit NBC reality show’s Season 3 contestants was determined – Terry McDermott and Cassadee Pope of Team Blake and Nicholas David of Team Cee Lo.
The top three will give their final live performances on Monday’s episode, which will air at 7 p.m. on NBC.
A star-powered marquee of guest stars will perform during the live, two-hour finale starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. According to a news release, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and The Killers will be on the lineup.
Video: Blake Shelton to perform on Michael Buble’s Christmas special after “The Voice” tonight on NBC
Michael Bublé returns to NBC with another star-studded holiday Christmas special, “Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays” at 9 tonight on NBC.
The multi-Grammy Award winning singer is joined by guest stars Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, Rod Stewart and fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as Elmo, on songs including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Let It Snow,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Winter Wonderland.”
With a little magic, Buble even performs a special duet with Bing Crosby of the classic “White Christmas.”
Buble’s Christmas special will air after the first live semifinal performance of Season 3 of “The Voice,” on which Shelton is a celebrity coach. The Canadian crooner will be a special guest on “The Voice” tonight. “The Voice” airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.
Shelton and Buble will perform the yuletide version of “Home,” which has been hits for both of them in their respective genres. They initially came up with and performed the holiday version of “Home” for Shelton’s seasonal album “Cheers, it’s Christmas.”
Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and his “The Voice” Season 2 contestant RaeLynn treated shoppers to a special holiday performance Saturday to wrap up the jcpenney Holiday Giving Tour at Westfield Culver City in Los Angeles. The free and open to the public concert was the final stop in the 12-day tour across the U.S. in which jcpenney carried out a special act of generosity in a new city each day.
Some revealing highlights from the show:
- Blake shared that Christmas hasn’t changed for him – even at 36 years old – he still wakes up to his stocking from Santa at his home.
- The Tishomingo resident joked that it’s really difficult to shop for his wife, fellow country superstar Miranda Lambert, because she has everything already!
- New Year’s plans? Blake and Miranda plan to relax at home, drink champagne and watch fellow “The Voice” personality, Carson Daly countdown to New Year’s.
- Blake’s New Year’s resolutions: 1. To win “The Voice” twice in 2013. 2. To clean up his language. 3. To stop being so controversial on Twitter.
- Blake’s biggest accomplishment of 2012: winning CMA Entertainer of the Year and hopefully winning “The Voice.”
- Blake is looking forward to finale of “The Voice” with his two team members and thinks no matter the outcome, they have a long career ahead of them.
- Blake compares this final round of “The Voice” to the excitement he felt when stepping in to Nashville to try and get a record deal. He thinks the best ending is a tie with his two finalist.
- Miranda surprised Blake by making him his traditional on-stage drink… but, this time it was pink! He told the crowd that she knows how to make a good drink despite the color.
- Bieber fever alert – When asked about her Justin Bieber watch, RaeLynn was quick to tell fans that she loves Bieber and Miranda got her the watch as a gift – her favorite present all year.
Season 3 of “The Voice” this week is entering the live semifinal rounds, airing at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday on NBC.