West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Country performer Blake Shelton to appear in concert Oct. 29, 2004 at WVU Parkersburg.
CONTACT: Tom Yencha, student activities coordinator, 304-424-8309; tickets: 304-424-8233.
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Oklahoma-born country performer Blake Shelton has made quite a name for himself with awards from Billboard, Country Weekly and Music Row magazines, several No. 1 singles, and a chart-topping video. He will appear in concert Friday, Oct. 29, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the college's multi-purpose room.
Shelton burst out of nowhere with his striking debut single about an answering machine, "Austin." In 2001, the ballad spent a record-breaking five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart for five weeks, tying Billy Ray Cyrus' record for a debut single. He followed it with the heartbreaking "All Over Me." In early 2002 came his riveting tale of a prison dog named "Ol' Red." Its video soared to the top of the charts and drove the self-named "Blake Shelton" cd to Gold status. Shelton also reached No. 1 for three weeks with “The Baby” in 2003.
The multi-nominated artist and recipient of Radio & Records Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Country Weekly Favorite New Artist, and Entertainment Weekly's 2003 country music artist to watch will debut a new album, "Barn & Grill," just days before his appearance at WVU Parkersburg.
Tickets for the show are $20 for the general public; $15 for WVU Parkersburg students (two ticket maximum), and $15 for students and WVU Parkersburg faculty and staff (one ticket maximum). They are available in the college's Business office, 424-8223. The concert is sponsored by WVU Parkersburg's Student Activities.
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Executive Director for Communications
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