Blake Shelton is used to being the headliner, but he made a return to becoming an opener, for a very special guest at his Ole Red in Tishomingo, Oklahoma — his stepson, Kingston Rossdale! The 17-year-old, the eldest son of Shelton’s wife, Gwen Stefani, and her former husband, Gavin Rossdale, made his debut at Shelton’s The Doghouse music venue, inside Ole Red.
“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,” Shelton said, after performing a few of his own songs (via The Oklahoman). “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 …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.”
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In addition to performing a few songs, Kingston also explained why, and how, he got into music, following in the footsteps of both of his parents, as well as his stepdad.
“In 2020, when the world shut down completely, I was stuck here in quarantine like the rest of us,’ Kingston said, adding that he used the time away from the world to learn guitar.
Shelton takes his role as a stepfather to Stefani’s three sons very seriously, and loves spending time with them, especially at his Oklahoma ranch.
“Every day, I fall in love with the boys as much as I do with Gwen,” Shelton said during a conversation at Country Radio Seminar earlier this year. “It’s like Disneyland to them when they come out to Oklahoma, because they live in LA. Living in LA has its perks, I guess, but there’s not a lot of room to roam out there. You kind of have your yard or a public park, which these days are not necessarily somewhere you want to go.”
“If I walked away from my career at this time, the only thing that I run the risk of is having regrets that I’m missing out on some more important things in life,” Shelton told People. “For now, that’s our kids. This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again.
“Even though I’m a stepparent, I take that job very seriously,” he continued. “The kids see me as a very important person in their life. [When they ask], ‘Why isn’t Blake here?’ I take that stuff to heart. I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back. I don’t want any regrets.”.