Rare Blake Shelton audition tape uncovered at Oklahoma City recording studio

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s behind these walls that some of the biggest Oklahoma musicians have gotten their start.

Everyone, from psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips, to country superstar Toby Keith has recorded at Studio Seven in its 25 year existence.

One of the biggest, Ada native, Blake Shelton has recorded there.

But before Shelton was an award-winning, chart-topping county star, he had humble beginnings.

Dave Copenhaver dusted off an old tape for the first time since it was recorded in December of 1993. Shelton was just 17.

It was probably right before he moved to Nashville.

“I think, and if I remember right, this recording is what he took to Nashville,” Dave Copenhaver, owner of Studio Seven, said.

The two songs recorded this day could possibly be what helped set the stage for his success in music city and into his career on NBC’s “The Voice.”

“He did NOT walk to town and say here’s my demo tape.  I do know a little bit about that story and he came up through the ranks and worked very hard,” Copenhaver said.

Copenhaver has recorded dozens of musicians over the years, so he can’t remember a lot about that one particular day with Shelton, but he knows Shelton’s work ethic is what sets him apart from other musicians.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, they’re people like that. They’re working on their craft just like Blake Shelton,” Copenhaver said. “The little bit I remember about him is he was a serious guy. He was working at his craft.”

Copenhaver has an ear for talent, and even looking back at this rarity, he can hear the talent.

“You see some artists….(listens more) Obviously there was something there at a very early age.”

He’s a super success with a footprint that will never be forgotten in his home state.

“He’s gone past that and what a wonderful thing for Oklahoma,” Copenhaver said.

Copenhaver still runs on all formats at his studio and works as a musician at the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry every Saturday.

You can catch Blake Shelton as a judge on NBC’s The Voice every Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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