Gwen Stefani’s vibrato isn’t the style of singing that Texas two-steppers are used to hearing from that old jukebox in the corner, but Blake Shelton thinks it’s time to introduce the “Hollaback Girl” to the honky-tonk crowd.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton come from totally different musical worlds, but the pop star and the country crooner didn’t let their contrasting sounds stop them from recording a duet. The Voice is a celebration of diversity in music, so it actually makes perfect sense that two stars of the show from totally different musical backgrounds have teamed up together.
Gwen was the half of Shefani that got to reveal that the duet is coming. She used her Twitter page to let her followers know that she and her cowboy boyfriend teamed up to record one of the tunes on Blake’s upcoming album, If I’m Honest, and she found a creative way to make the announcement. As The Inquisitr previously reported, Blake unveiled the record’s covert art last night on The Voice, but Gwen excited fans more by tweeting a photo of the back of the album.
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) April 19, 2016
If I’m Honest doesn’t drop until May 20, but getting to listen to the 15 tunes on it is just one of the many perks Gwen Stefani gets to enjoy as Blake Shelton’s girlfriend.
As Taste of Country points out, Gwen Stefani’s tweet includes the album’s full track listing, and she’s listed as Blake Shelton’s collaborator on a song titled “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.” Many of Gwen and Blake’s new songs have been about the emotions they experienced in the wake of their respective divorces, so it’s possible that their duet is about their shared heartbreak.
There are also a few tunes on the If I’m Honest tracklist that could be about Gwen Stefani. These include, “She’s Got a Way with Words” and “Guy with a Girl.” Gwen does sing a song titled “Just a Girl,” after all.
During an interview with CMT After MidNite, Blake revealed that his blossoming relationship with Gwen is one of the themes that he explores on If I’m Honest. He also said that he’ll touch on how he felt after he and Miranda Lambert decided to get divorced last summer, but he isn’t going to divulge any tabloid-worthy tidbits about their split.
“It’s not like there’s all these juicy details [in the record],” Blake said. “But [country music] lends itself to emotions and things that you go through when you go through a divorce and, more so, the getting over that and moving on and finding someone else.”
A few of the songs on If I’m Honest have titles that indicate that they are about Blake’s divorce, including “Every Goodbye,” “Bet You Still Think of Me,” and “It Ain’t Easy.” However, song titles can be deceiving. Gwen Stefani’s latest single is titled “Misery,” but it’s seemingly about her relationship with Blake.
“I’m thinking things I never thought before/Like what your love would taste like/Give me more,” Gwen sings. She performed “Misery” tonight on The Voice, and her boyfriend had a big smile on his face the entire time his girlfriend was onstage.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have both used social media to help promote each other’s albums. After Gwen’s new record, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, dropped last month, Blake proved that he’s his girlfriend’s biggest fan by purchasing multiple copies of the CD.
I may have gone overboard… pic.twitter.com/JCWjC7aVu8
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 18, 2016
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Gwen Stefani later returned the favor by tweeting that Blake’s new gospel song, “Savior’s Shadow,” is “beautiful.”
Fans can only hope that Gwen Stefani continues to help Blake Shelton promote his new album by returning to The Voice one more time this season for a “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” duet.
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