Carol Cash Large, longtime friend of Blake Shelton, helped move the award-winning musician to Nashville just two weeks after he graduated high school at the tender age of seventeen and has been with him every step of the way since. In Blake Shelton: Happy Anywhere, she takes you backstage for personal and unique insight into the life of the young singer. From Shelton’s work with producer Bobby Braddock, recording his number 1 song “Austin,” and performing on the Grand Ole Opry to his record-breaking seventeen consecutive number 1 songs and beyond, she has been right there.
Large shares her favorite stories—from Shelton’s time as host/entertainment on Saturday Night Live and his induction into the Grand Ole Opry—but she acknowledges that landing a gig as coach on the NBC hit, The Voice, had the biggest impact on his career. She also delves into Shelton’s personal life, relating his penchant for entertaining and bringing smiles to his friends and family as well as his joy at finally finding his soul mate in Gwen Stefani.
With fifty personal photos from the author’s collection, anecdotes of a close connection to Blake Shelton, and highlights of a glorious career, Large presents a warm and detailed account of one of country music’s biggest stars of all time.
Holding a master’s degree in education and reading specialist certification, Carol Cash Large, “Ms. Carol,” taught reading for many years in Oklahoma and Tennessee. While Blake Shelton: Happy Anywhere is her first nonfiction book, it has been over thirty years in the making, and she is excited to share it with you.
“I think it is so cool that Carol kept a journal on all the events that happened in Blake Shelton's life. It’s one thing to get Blake’s point of view but to hear another person’s perspective, who was there with him every step of the way, is priceless. I wish I had somebody writing all of those memories down for my career! I learned a lot about Blake and his early days in country music—I know you will too.”—Reba McEntire
"Blake Shelton is not only one of my favorite people to interview, he's one of my favorite people period. I've interviewed him a lot through the years and I thought I knew a pretty good bit about my friend—research makes for a great interview after all—but after reading Happy Anywhere, boy was I wrong! Carol Large's book is so enjoyable and eye-opening! Carol and her husband Larry have been close friends of Blake's for a long time—they helped move him to Nashville right after high school!
From learning about Blake's hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to seeing priceless photos, this book is full of Carol's personal stories and memories that any Blake Shelton fan and friend will enjoy reading."
—Nan Kelley, Television Host-GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, Authentic America, Opry Live, JTV