Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His single "Happy Anywhere" featuring Gwen Stefani marked his 28th No.1 on the country airplay charts and topped the Country Digital Song Sales chart with nearly 27,000 tracks sold in the first week alone. With award wins nearing the hundreds and more recently named Country Artist of the Year at the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards for the third consecutive year, the Iowa State Fair is thrilled to have Shelton, along with up-and-coming country artist Matt Stell, in the Iowa State Fair Grandstand Concert Series presented by Homemakers Furniture on the Kum & Go Stage in 2021.
The country music industry has long been filled with its share of characters. From Willie to Hank and Dolly to Waylon, every legend starts out as just another artist that doesn’t fit easily into some predetermined box. And as hard as country music may try to fit Matt Stell into one of those tried and true boxes, it’s darn near impossible.
The Platinum certified singer has proven via the songs he sings and the shows he puts on that he is far too powerful of an artist to ever fit into some sort of singular category. In fact, to describe Stell in a few words would be a complete disservice to the man he is and the artist he looks to become on his new EP, Better Than That.
It was in fact a love song that catapulted Stell to country music success in 2019 via his massive hit “Prayed for You,” a life-changer of a song that spent two weeks at the number one spot. As the only debut single to top Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in 2019, and one of NSAI’s “10 Songs We Wish We’d Written,” the hit has gone on to rack up some impressive stats with over 270 million streams, his first RIAA Platinum certification and more than 20 million views of its official music video to date.