Blake Shelton will release his new single "God's Country" on Friday (March 29) and the track serves as the lead single to the follow-up of 2017's Texoma Shore.
On Monday morning, The Voice coach shared a small snippet of the bluegrass-charged instrumental to "God's Country," which was co-written by Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy and Shelton's labelmate Devin Dawson. The track has been described by the country chart-topper as a cut with "strong and deeply meaningful" lyrics, but one that leaves a lot of up the listeners' interpretation. "But no matter where you are from or where you’re standing it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s Country," Shelton said in a statement. "It’s really about a state of mind. Wherever you’re from and how you feel about that place. For me it’s about being from Oklahoma – where I was born, raised and still live today."
"God's Country" follows the release of three singles from Shelton's 2017 LP: "Turnin' Me On," the Grammy-nominated "I Lived It" and "I'll Name the Dogs." In a recent interview with Dawson, the budding star described "God's Country" as the perfect track for Shelton, especially because of his vocal delivery. "I'm so proud of the song and so excited that he wanted to sing it," he admitted. "HARDY and I both come from a metal background and it's pretty heavy, but it still has the lyric that I need to chew on. It has heart. It really fits his voice so well."
Speaking of higher beings, Us Weekly recently reported that Shelton and Gwen Stefani want to make sure they have God on their side before tying the knot. Stefani has reportedly "begun the formal process" to have her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale annulled by Catholic church officials, so she can marry Shelton and have the union recognized by the church. "Gwen's religion has always been extremely important to her, and Blake is completely supportive of this," an insider revealed. Earlier this month, the magazine also spotted the couple exiting church with one another.
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