Blake Shelton found himself in the middle of an emotional encounter when he met a 7-year-old girl backstage before a show in Louisiana.
Daisy Prescott, 7, attended Shelton’s Monday, May 29, performance at Bayou Country Superfest in New Orleans. Her mother, Kristen, scored backstage meet-and-greet passes. That was supposed to mean Daisy, who has dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disease, would meet Shelton in a line of fans with similar tickets. But, the pre-show program panned out a little differently than even Blake Shelton even planned. And Shelton was more than OK with that.
Before the meet-and-greet commenced, Daisy noticed Shelton enter the backstage area. Instead of keeping her composure and waiting for him to approach, the young fan darted toward the county star.
“She RUNS about 3 feet and slams into BS giving him a huuuuuge hug,” Kristen posted on Facebook after the show. “And he melts! He held her, hugged her tight and kissed her head. He bent down and kept on hugging saying, ‘Sweetie! I didn’t mean to make you cry!'”
Under normal circumstances, a moment like that would disrupt the meet-and-greet. Not Monday, though. According to Kristen, the way Shelton interacted with little Daisy nearly brought everyone else to tears.
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As Daisy sobbed, Shelton began to talk to her, and before Kristen knew it, they were caught up in a conversation about The Voice, her disease, and of course, how much Daisy loves his music. What did Shelton do next?
“He signs more stuff for her and says he will never forget her hugs and face,” Kristen said.
Blake Shelton, 40, is known for his wit, often quipping about how he’s just a normal guy who likes to tip a few drinks. He is one of country music’s most approachable stars, and has always made time for children. In March, Shelton responded to a video of a paralyzed young fan singing his song “Savior’s Shadow.” The fan, 5-year-old Brooke Haire, was injured in a 2014 car accident that took the life of her infant sister, to whom Brooke dedicated her rendition of Shelton’s song.
The video eventually made its way around Facebook. Shelton saw it and commented, saying he was keeping the little girl in his payers. Little did Shelton know, Brooke died the next day after undergoing surgery.
Shelton made his country music debut in 2001, when the single “Austin” skyrocketed to No. 1. It was the first release from his self-titled debut album. The song, the first of his 23 No.1 songs, spent five weeks at the top of the charts. Other chart-toppers include “Some Beach,” “Home,” Hillybilly Bone,” “Came Here to Forget,” “All About Tonight,” and “God Gave Me You.”
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An eight-time Grammy Award nominee, Shelton has won nearly 100 country music awards, including the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, and the County Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year.
He’s contributed to several charities over the years, including Artists Care, an organization that collects memorabilia from touring musicians and donates them to charity. The group also arranges visits to children’s hospitals. Shelton was the first artist to give to the cause, donating an autographed Takamine guitar.
He has also donated $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Center, the children’s cancer hospital at Oklahoma University, and all the proceeds of his 2015 Christmas album, Blake Shelton Christmas, went to the Kohl’s Cares program.
Shelton has been a judge on The Voice for all of its 12 seasons, and a member of his team has won the singing contest seven times. He was married to fellow country star Miranda Lambert from 2011 to 2015. Shelton is currently dating pop singer Gwen Stefani.
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