Blake started singing at a very early age. He performed at a beauty pageant, when he was 8. By the age of 12, he could play guita By the age of 15, he wrote his first song. Blake lost his older brother Richie (who was 24 at that time) in a car accident on November 13, 1990. Garth Brooks was his biggest musical inspiration. Blake used to have a pet turkey in the past. He once received a live iguana as a gift from one of his fans. ...... Visit his official website @ www.blakeshelton.com.