Paradigm To Book George Strait and Blake Shelton For Specialty Appearances: Exclusive
Two of the biggest names in country music are now affiliated with the Paradigm talent agency, Billboard has learned. Country superstar and "retired" touring artist George Strait is now being represented by Paradigm, along with country singer and The Voice judge Blake Shelton.
Shelton was previously represented by WME's former co-head of Nashville Rob Beckham, who left the agency last year without any explanation. Both Shelton and Strait tour with AEG-affiliated promoter Louis Messina, who works with a number of artists represented by the talent agency, including Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes. Paradigm will handle Shelton and Strait's personal appearances, fairs and festival bookings, corporate events and casinos, while Messina Touring Group will continue to book and promote Shelton's arena tour.
Strait is a veteran performer and songwriter with 37 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and a staggering 44 No. 1 songs on the Hot Country Songs chart and 86 songs in the top 10. In 2012 Strait announced his plans to retire from touring with the launch of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour. While Strait has stopped playing long road runs, he still plays special engagements with a number of concerts in 2019 scheduled including four shows in Las Vegas.
Shelton also has a tour slated for 2019, playing North American arenas starting Feb. 14 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and wrapping up June 8 at Columbus Stadium in Ohio.
Ed. Note: This story and headline have been updated to clarify Paradigm's role with Strait and Shelton.