WATCH: Blake Shelton Opens ‘CMA Summer Jam’ with His Biggest Hits

Blake Shelton kicked off the star-studded CMA Summer Jam concert special with a few of his biggest hits.  The superstar…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 2, 2021


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Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy ABC

Blake Shelton kicked off the star-studded CMA Summer Jam concert special with a few of his biggest hits. 

The superstar opened the show with “Minimum Wage” and “Boys Round Here” and later performed “God’s Country.” He also shared the stage with his wife, Gwen Stefani, to perform their chart-topping hit, “Happy Anywhere.” 

Shelton couldn’t have been more excited to perform at Ascend Amphitheater for CMA Summer Jam.  

“I’m always excited to be in front of country music fans and it’s a blast to step out there and every night is just kind of a jolt when I’m on stage and people are singing my songs that some of those songs go back 20 years now and it’s crazy when I see kids that weren’t born yet that are out there partying, drinking beer, to some of my earlier songs,” Shelton shared prior to his performance. “It’s unbelievable.”

CMA Summer Jam also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Lainey Wilson.

Additionally, the three-hour show included star-studded collaborations by Bentley with HARDY & BRELAND, Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, Lambert with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line feat. Thomas Rhett, as well as Swindell & Bryan. 

CMA Summer Jam aired on Thursday, September 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.

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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.