“I remember my first trip to Nashville in 1994,” said Shelton in a statement. “I drove down Music Row and don’t know why, but when I passed the Warner Bros. building I said, ‘That’s the label I want to be on!’ Now, all these years later, I’m proud to have spent my entire recording career with such a great company. I look forward to more incredible years with my Warner family.”
Shelton’s current album, Texoma Shore, released Nov. 3, is the country superstar’s sixth set to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
Shelton last re-upped with the label eight years ago and since then has watched his popularity soar. “He’s the ambassador for country music,” Esposito says. “Literally 12-million-to-13 million people every Monday and Tuesday are watching this guy represent our format” on The Voice. “The fact that he believes in us; that’s a big story that he wants to continue [our] partnership for many more albums.”
Esposito further said in a statement, “Blake Shelton is a cornerstone artist for Warner Music Nashville. Blake, [manager] Narvel Blackstock and the whole label team put a stake in the ground years ago to prove that Blake was going to do unprecedented things in this business and be the artist to help us bring Warner back to greatness. Blake, indeed, has and will continue to break new ground. I am thrilled beyond words, and there is no better Christmas present than Blake committing to Warner for many years to come.”