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Ada Hosts Blake Shelton Block Party

ADA, OK--Blake Shelton's latest album "Bringing Back the Sunshine" hit stores today. In honor of its hometown star, the city of Ada hosted a block party for Blake to celebrate his new CD. 

He's one of the most successful country music singers in the business today--a voice that can be heard on just about any radio station you turn to, and he is one of Ada's favorite hometown boys.

"We love you, Blake!" cried die-hard fans at Tuesday night's Block Party for Blake event.

Shelton's latest album cover even gives credit to his Oklahoma roots by featuring Ada's water tower--a detail that is going over big time with fans and family.

"I think that shows no matter how big Blake gets, he remembers his roots," said Cynthia Conner.

"People from other states will know that its made in Ada, Oklahoma, and it will probably become a tourist site," said fan Joanna Sovo.

Shelton's mom, Dorothy Shackleford, spoke with KTEN at the block party. She says his album cover speaks to the kind of person her son really is.  

"He said, 'I want to do something different with this album', and that's the picture he picked," said Shackleford. "He has not changed one bit. He's still the same old down-to-earth, crazy, funny person."

Hundreds of fans--young and old--came out to the block party to celebrate. Fans Linda Lake and Dorothy Huebner traveled all the way from North Dakota just to be part of the celebration.

"We've followed him since day one," said Lake. "We went to five shows, six days, 1,500 miles."

Conner traveled from Oklahoma City. Diagnosed with Leukemia seven years ago, she says it's because of Blake's music that she has been able to get through hard times.  

"Without his music, I couldn't do it," said Conner. "I take it to the hospital and chemo, I dress up in my Blake gear. It's meaningful and I consider that my road to recovery."

Although the country music star didn't make an appearance, between the bull riding, live music and Blake Shelton look-alike contests, spectators had plenty to be excited about. 

The party was put on by several groups including the Ada Chamber of Commerce, the Chickasaw Nation and East Central University. Because he couldn't attend, Blake made a special video for Ada that was shown at the end of the evening.