Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani Proudly Cheer On Stefani’s Son, Kingston Rossdale, During First-Ever Public Performance

“I’m actually honored to be the first one to introduce this guy to the stage for the very first time,” Shelton shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 14, 2023


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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kingston Rossdale ; Photos via Jamie’s BS ! on YouTube

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani thrilled fans over the weekend with a pop-up show at Ole Red in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, but it was Gwen’s eldest son, Kingston Rossdale, who stole the show. 

The 17-year-old made his performance debut at the bar, restaurant, and live music venue on Friday and he had the full support of his stepdad, Shelton, and mother, Stefani, who cheered him on.  

Shelton, who performed an acoustic set on Friday evening, welcomed Kingston to the stage. 


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“I’m actually honored to be the first one to introduce this guy to the stage for the very first time. … First and foremost, this guy is an artist. He’s the real deal, and you guys are gonna be able to say that you were there at his very first-ever public performance,” Shelton said, according to The Oklahoman. 

“This dude is rock. I don’t just mean he rocks; his music is rock. I think we’ve got some rock fans out here, probably,” he added. 

Kingston confidently took the stage with his guitar alongside a keyboard player and went on to explain how he learned to play guitar. 

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“In 2020, when the world shut down completely … I was in Oklahoma. Tishomingo, it’s a great place. I met my people here. I got to be outdoors, and I learned guitar,” he explained. 

While he admitted he wasn’t “super country,” he explained that he “learned it in the country” and invited listeners to “connect a little bit more” through his performance. 

Kingston showcased his vocal abilities through a two-song performance and shared his gratitude to those in attendance afterward.  

“Love you guys, thank you for being here!” he said. “Thank you, it means everything to me, really. I hope you guys had a great night, enjoy yourselves!”

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Blake Shelton; Photo via Jamie's BS ! on YouTube
Blake Shelton; Photo via Jamie’s BS ! on YouTube

Proud stepdad, Shelton returned to the stage, hugged the first-time performer, and joked, “I mean, I’m not gonna let him close the show. I’m still in competition mode a little bit. I was trying to think, like, ‘How do you follow that?’” 

The answer? A performance with Gwen Stefani. 

The couple joined together in singing the No Doubt classic, “Don’t Speak,” as well as their chart-topping duets, “Happy Anywhere and “Nobody But You.” 


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“You guys, I’m sure a lot of you can imagine how stressful this night has been for Gwen,” Shelton said in closing. “Seriously, give it up for Kingston Rossdale. We knew what a great artist he is; we had no idea what kind of live performer he would be. I thought that was incredible.” 

Blake Shelton teased the pop-up performance earlier in the week and promised fans the evening would include a few surprises. 

“Ok y’all here’s the deal… 7:30pm this Friday I’m gonna set up and play 30 minutes or so acoustically,” he shared on Wednesday evening (Aug. 9). “Then I’m gonna turn the stage over to a debut artist that will be doing their VERY FIRST public performance! See you at the @OleRed Tishomingo Doghouse!!!! You never know who else may show up….”

Fans were quick to assume that Gwen Stefani would be on hand to perform, but Kingston Rossdale’s appearance came as a complete surprise. 

Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Kingston, Zuma, Apollo; Photo Courtesy of @imagerybyoscar_HCC
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Kingston, Zuma, Apollo; Photo Courtesy of @imagerybyoscar_HCC

Shelton has been very open about his role as a stepfather to Stefani’s three sons. In 2021, he explained that his role as a bonus dad is something he takes very seriously. 

“I can’t imagine my life without these kids now,” he told KFROG’s The Ride with Kimo & Heather.

The “No Body” singer went on to share how his relationship with his stepfather has helped shape him and his new role. 

“I have a stepfather in my life who is one of my heroes,” he said. “I love my stepfather and he’s like a father to me, so I have a good inspiration in my life on how to do this and the kind of stepdad I want to be.”

Blake Shelton will have a lot more time to dedicate to family now that he’s stepped down from his role on The Voice. The country superstar has been enjoying time at home on his ranch and often shares clips of his time on the farm on social media. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.