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Country Superstar Blake Shelton Celebrates Local "Heroes" in Grand Rapids

Before His Friends & Heroes Tour at Van Andel Arena

Grand Rapids, MI (September 20) – Inspired by the name and mission of his tour, award-winning entertainer Blake Shelton made it his goal to identify a special community member on each stop of the Friends And Heroes 2021 run. As he prepares to take the stage at Van Andel Arena on September 30, 2021, Shelton is celebrating local “heroes” Cari Steensma and Kameron Gaffney. The couple, Cari & Kameron, are both serving in the U.S. Army National Guard military police and are set to be deployed for one year.

Shelton, with the assistance of Van Andel Arena, were able to identify Cari & Kameron based on the nomination of a friend and local community member. Cari’s family will also be attending the show to celebrate the couple’s heroism on their last night in town. Cari & Kameron will receive a prize pack that includes front row tickets for Blake Shelton’s Friends And Heroes 2021 tour date at Van Andel Arena on September 30, 2021.

The cross-country run will welcome very special guest Lindsay Ell, with special appearances by Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and John Anderson. Rescheduled dates from the 2020 run will honor previously purchased tickets, and additional tickets are currently on sale. Visit for links to buy. Friends and Heroes 2021 will abide by all local and venue COVID-19 policies.

With 36 Top 10 singles – 28 of them No. 1 hits – on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and nearly a dozen Gold and Platinum-certified albums to his name, Shelton just celebrated the 20-year anniversary of his self-titled debut . Over the past two decades Shelton has accumulated more than 8.5 billion global on-demand streams, 11 million career album U.S. sales and award wins approaching the hundreds. He has also earned widespread recognition as an eight-time champion coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show The Voice. A long-time Grand Ole Opry member, Shelton has also found success in his Ole Red partnership with Ryman Hospitality and in teaming up with Smithworks Vodka.

The multimedia entertainer is now onto his 12th studio album with Body Language (purchase / stream HERE), released on May 21 of this year. Produced by Shelton’s longtime collaborator Scott Hendricks, the 12-track record features his No. 1 smash “Happy Anywhere” (with Gwen Stefani). He performed songs from the album earlier this summer on The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Voice, Citi Music Series on TODAY and more.

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Country Superstar Blake Shelton Celebrates Local "Heroes" in Grand Rapids
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