Blake - My Country 96.1 [04.14.2018]

How ya doin', man? You got - I mean, it's just amazing what Blake Shelton's got going on. The TV is still cranking, you and Gwen, just, I love watching you on social media. Life is good right now for Blake Shelton.

It is good, man. I feel guilty about it, y'know. You start waiting for the other shoe to fall, but, uh - It's just, you know, a long journey I've been on. To now, almost twenty years into my career, getting close anyway, uh, to still be here talking to you guys, and getting to do it. And of course I couldn't be happier with my personal life. You're right. Life's good. I don't know what to say. 

You know, I haven't interviewed you in a while because, you know, when you used to host this, the hosts don't come through cos you're so busy. Take this is a good way, you sound and look so happy, like you - You're in a GOOD spot right now. I can tell just by looking at ya, Blake.

Oh, wow. Thank you. I am, man. I'm having a blast with life. It's amazing to be forty-one and, you know, feel like life's just now, that chapter's opening where the good times are just now starting to happen. What you thought was fun before, uh, what you thought were the good ol' days are for me, anyway, I feel like those are just now starting to happen. 

Blake - 99.5 WYCD [04.14.2018]

We were talking about you because we were playing a clip of Gwen when she was on with Ellen. 

Oh, yeah.

And we wanted to give you, uh, a chance to rebut all that.
I'm sure you didn't hear about it, right? 

Which thing did she say?

Ellen asked her if she thinks about getting married -

Yeah.

- and she said she thinks about it all the time.

I did hear that.

And then Ellen said, does Blake? And she said, uh, I dunno. 

Of course I think about that all the time.

Save that clip. Are you closer to thinking about it more now than you were, let's say, a year ago?

Of course. Of course. 

Save that one.
Are you thinking about it in the next year? 

Uh, I will be thinking about it for the next year. 

You're avoiding the question. Do you think that you guys will be doing something in the next year?

Doing something? Well, of course. Absolutely. The answer is yes. 

You will be doing something?
Do you think you'll be getting married in the next year?

No, no, I don't think that. 

You don't think so? Within the next two years?

I dunno. I can't -

Oh, Blake.
You know, let's not make - He gets tired of this, okay? 

I answered the first question, which is 'no'. 

Okay.
He gets tired of this. 

I mean, you could sit here and say, Hey, I think tonight's gonna be a strawberry moon tonight, and if you say it long enough, eventually you're gonna be right, yeah?

It's gonna happen.

So I would say, y'know, we're happy and things keep goin' good, I mean, that's the obvious course of events. But I don't think either one of us are in just a super big hurry. I haven't had a girlfriend for a long time. I'm kinda enjoying that. 

Are you nervous about being the captain of a blended family? Does that bother you at all?

No, not at all. I have a blast with that family. 

You know what, though? We're happy that you're happy. 

Thank you.

And that's all that matters. 

Thank you. I'm sorry I dress like crap. 

Blake - Official Website [11.09.2017]

Shelton explores the album as a whole, sharing: “You know when you put on Texoma Shore and start playing it, I think the first thing you notice after the first two, three, four songs is wow, this album, this guy singing these songs must be in a good place. I am, and I wanted my album to reflect where I am right now. I just felt like, coming out of the last album, I wanted to come out of that dark place and be happy again and be, you know, the guy that people know to be laughing all the time and having fun and cutting up.I think this album is a reflection of that and where I am right now and how good I feel and how confident I feel about where I am in my life.”

His new song “When The Wine Wears Off” has Shelton, like many of his Texoma Shore tracks, at home with someone he loves. The twist on this Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman-penned tune is that this time Shelton doesn’t know if she loves him back.

“I love ‘When The Wine Wears Off,’” explained Shelton. “It’s one of those songs that I think we’ve probably at some point all been there, whether we were drinking or not, where you got wrapped up in the moment the night before and had something that you thought was incredible. There’s always that thing in the back of my mind thinking, I wonder if this other person feels the same way I do about it. I just love it because it’s so real.”

Gwen - Time [03.18.2016]

The song marked a turning point in the recording sessions. After getting the heartbreak out of her system, Stefani began writing more cheerful tunes inspired by her budding romance with country musician Blake Shelton, a fellow coach on The Voice who had also recently gone through a divorce. (Stefani, who originally filled in as a coach for Christina Aguilera, is now an adviser for Shelton's team.) “It was the first time that I really had written a record from a different point of view of being in love and being grateful and being in a really, 'Oh my God, I got saved!' kind of place," she says.

Fans following her relationship with Shelton will find plenty of insight in This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which tones down the hyperactive mix of 1980s-inspired pop and hip-hop of her last albums for more introspective material. "They’re all gonna say I'm rebounding, so rebound all over me," she sings over acoustic guitars on "Truth," which inspired the album’s title and sounds more like a No Doubt song than some Push and Shove tracks did. The buoyant new single "Make Me Like You," she recently confirmed, chronicles the early stages of their romance, and its music video features several nods to their life in the public eye.

"This newfound tabloid fame that I've got definitely came from being on TV—that just takes it to a different place I've never been before," Stefani says. Yet for her, it's an acceptable tradeoff: "I’m just so grateful for that experience. To be on a show where I got to step outside of myself and coach and think about my own career really helped me find my confidence again and feel kind of reborn."

There are some songs Stefani is less forthcoming about. She won’t confirm or deny whether the song "Send Me a Picture" is about sexting. (Sample lyric: "Are you all alone? Baby whatcha wearing?/ Send a little something I could stare at.") "I’ve never sexted before. What’s sexting?" she asks before letting out a laugh. "You can think whatever you want. That’s what’s so cool about all these songs, no matter how personal I get or whatever I intend the song to be."

Gwen - Extra [04.18.2017]

It was a love fest on “The Voice” playoffs red carpet and “Extra’s” Charissa Thompson was in the midst of it all.

Gwen Stefani, who walked the red carpet with Adam Levine, opened up about her boys, Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and Apollo, 3, explaining they aren’t necessarily into “The Voice.” “They really want you to be their mom,” she said. “It’s all about them, they don’t want to know about work or songs. They are like, ‘Mom, where are my shoes? Mom, what about me?’”

They are, however, into Blake. Gwen took to social media over the weekend to share a pic of her boys’ arms in which they copied Blake’s tattoo of barbed wire and animal footprints. “They’re just into him …who isn’t?”

The couple enjoyed Easter together with her family and sons at her Hollywood home. She told Charissa, “We always have fun together, it’s a blast.”

Blake - iHeartRadio [05.13.2016]

"'Came Here to Forget' is a song that I absolutely fell in love with the first time I heard it. Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan actually wrote the song, and I didn't realize it but Craig Wiseman was kind of given the task to write a song for me about what had happened to me. And basically about how things went down. I had my personal life, and when I first started seeing Gwen, it's kind of all in there really. The only difference is we didn't actually meet up at a bar, it would have been kind of hard to keep that on the down low."
 

Gwen - Haute Living [05.09.2016]

What inspired this new look?

My life has changed dramatically in the last year. I think that style definitely reflects your mood. Maybe it’s a little more feminine right now. Definitely my life has gone somewhere else—that’s for sure—so maybe my style is reflecting that, which is great. It’s always fun to evolve, so I feel good about that.

You’ve just released a very personal new album. Which of the songs on “This is What the Truth Feels Like” is the most personal and why?

They’re all really personal. There’s not one that sticks out, aside from one called “Truth,” the title track. It sums up that time period—they all do. They were all written really quickly over a really, really crazy time in my life. My life is always crazy, but this is getting to another level. It was a magical time too.


Blake Shelton has played a big part in this change. To quote your new single “Make Me Like You,” what, specifically, made you like him?

When you’re going through a really tough time, there are people that come in your life, like a friend that can help you get through things, and he’s definitely one of those people. That’s it. I feel like, when it comes to my life, I say so much already in my songs.

Non Doc [04.05.2016]

On Good Friday, Shelton and girlfriend Stefani ate at the local Dairy Queen with her children, her brother, her sister-in-law and their children. They sat in a middle booth beside locals Carla Lane and her sister, Tina. Carla said Tina asked for a picture with the famous couple. While Shelton immediately agreed, she said, Stefani hesitated, saying, “Ummm…” Lane said Shelton chimed in, explaining that Stefani didn’t like to take photos with her children and expose them.

“[My sister] Tina said, ‘That’s perfectly understandable,’” Lane said.

Lane said she and her sister sat down and chatted with the artists. Shelton and Stefani had been turkey hunting, and Stefani talked about how she used to work at a Dairy Queen as a teenager, and how the ice cream tasted the same. Then, Shelton gave the children quarters to get toys out of the machines.

“While they were away from the table, Gwen came over and picked my phone up off the table and said since the kids were playing, she would take a picture now,” Lane said. “So Tina stood up, and then Gwen looked at me and said, ‘Squeeze in here, too!’”

Lane posted the image on her Facebook page with the caption, “Can’t go anywhere without someone wanting to take a pic with me!! LOL.”

“She was very down-to-earth,” Lane said of Stefani.

Blake - Country Countdown USA [05.20.2016]

From there, the conversation turned to Blake’s new album, “If I’m Honest,” available Friday.  Blake discussed the theme of the album: “I wanted the record to follow the timeline of my life last year.  I wanted it to start out with life’s normal, everything is going like it’s been for a long time.  Then straight into how it happened, all of a sudden the bottom falls out, and people can go on that journey with me. That’s why there’s such a contrast from from the first song to the second song.  Then it gets sad, then gets happier, then really happy, and ends with ‘Savior’s Shadow.'”

Blake went on to say he wrote more songs for this album than for any previous project.  But he also sought material from some of Nashville’s best songwriters: “A lot of writers knew my story and wrote for this project for me.  They knew what the situation was and wrote these songs for me for this record.  For that to happen and for these to be the incredible songs they are is meant to be.  When I started to weigh my songs against some of these other songs, I felt they said it way better than I did, and I don’t care who writes the songs.”

That was the case with the first single, “Came Here To Forget:” He said, “This is a song I absolutely fell in love with the first time I heard it.  Craig Wiseman was given the task to write a song for me about what had happened to me in my personal life and when I first started seeing Gwen, it’s all in there.  The only difference is we didn’t actually meet in a bar.”

The last time Blake co-hosted the Countdown, in November, he made national news describing 2015 as the worst year in his life, but the way it ended made it the best year in his life.  Lon played that quote for Blake and asked him to explain what he meant: “At the time, when you go through what I went through with my divorce, you never know when it’s the right time to step out and say I’ve started seeing someone.  But what I found out, because it wasn’t someone from my hometown, it was Gwen Stefani that I was beginning to have this relationship with.  There was no hiding it.  If I glance her way, it’s the cover of magazines.  If I could have kept my personal life private, I would have.  Since I can’t, I might as well let people in on the truth.  If I’m doing my job as a country singer, I’m supposed to sing about my real life experiences.”

Speaking of Gwen, Blake co-wrote and sings a song with her on the album called “Go Ahead & Break My Heart.”  He talked about writing the song: “Coming out of separating with somebody, Gwen & I both had some trust issues.  So I wrote the first verse to this song and I sent it to Gwen.  She was like, ‘This is exactly how I feel.’  I said why don’t we write it together?  And we did, and she actually wrote the second verse, and I knew we had to do it as a duet.”

In addition, we play an excerpt from the second song on the album, one that’s received some attention lately, called “She’s Got a Way With Words.”  Blake didn’t write it, and he explained, “That was a song I’ve had for a while, that dates back before my divorce.   It was so crazy that I had that song and it fit this project.  I loved the song, thought it was so clever, it’s one of the most well-written songs I’ve heard in my life.  It’s so tongue-in-cheek.” (there’s a YouTube performance of this song below)

Another song they discussed was “Every Goodbye.”  Blake said, “That’s where my life started to go from a dark place going through a divorce, and Gwen was going through the same thing.  It started as a friendship, something we could talk about here at The Voice, to eventually we traded emails, and then traded phone numbers.  That’s how it developed.  We basically saved each other’s lives.  So that’s where the album turns.  One door shuts and another one opens, I would have never thought it would be that door.”

One song you DID write is “Friends,” which is also included in the Angry Birds movie.  But this deals with the subject of your relationship with Gwen: “Yeah of all the people, she was the last person I expected to step out of the crowd and be the one to have my back, and be there and be the shoulder and be the one to fight that fight with me, getting back on my feet, and out of nowhere, there she was.”

Blake didn’t write “A Guy With A Girl,” but it sounds like one he could have. Blake described it this way: “It’s fun to go somewhere like the ACM Awards and people come up to me, exhaust all conversation, and you realize they want to meet Gwen.  That’s what it’s all about.  It’s a song I had for a while, and then all of a sudden it made sense for me to record it.  I could have done it 3 albums ago.  I can’t remember exactly.  I keep reading how surprised people are that I’m seeing Gwen.  I’ve got to do this song!”

Are there songs that someone else wrote that are hard for you to sing? “Yes, ‘Bet You Still Think About Me.” I think anybody who’s gone through any break-up, even after you’ve moved on, you still have that in the back of your mind. It says I know it couldn’t work out, it is what it is, but I bet you miss me sometimes, that’s basically what the song is about.  You get to a point, speaking for myself, that you go there’s no way, we’ve exhausted every avenue, and we just have to move on.”

The final song on the album is one Blake wrote called “Savior’s Shadow:” “That song is still a mystery. Last Spring was not a good time in my life personally.  I woke up and it was raining outside.  And I was trying to remember my dream.  There was a song in my dream.  So I grabbed my guitar and sang into my voice memo the first part of this song.  I’ve dreamed songs before, but always been too lazy to write them down.  So when I got sad, I’d sing this song to myself.  But I didn’t know what it meant.  As time passed by, I realized God was on this journey with me.  That’s when I wrote the second verse.  Then I called a couple writer friends who helped me with the chorus.  I’ve probably listened to their demo 15 times and cried like a baby each time.  I knew I had to get this song out to the public.”

Blake wrapped up talking about the album this way: “For me, this album is the way that I’m going to finally heal, get over it, and move on.  As I’m speaking to you right now, I’m really a happy guy.  I hope people understand that, and I get it, because what they see and what they read in the magazines.  I saw a quote from Jerry Seinfeld that said, ‘If you read tabloids, you deserve to be lied to.’  And I thought that’s perfect.  That’s great!  That’s kind of how I feel.”

E! Online [02.15.2016]

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani really know how to pack on the PDA.

The two spent their Valentine's Day night at Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's legendary pre-Grammys Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel—and they couldn't keep their hands off of each other.

The two skipped the red carpet and entered the ballroom through a private entrance.They were first seated at a table that included Richard Branson and Jane Fonda. As soon as the two singers sat down, Shelton put his arms around Stefani and pulled her in close.

Before the evening's program of performances and a tribute to music executive Irving Azoff began, Stefani and Shelton were escorted to a table closer to the stage that included fellow The Voice judge Christina Aguilera and her fiance Matthew Rutler.

Again, as soon as they sat down, Shelton wrapped his arms around Stefani, who looked perfectly dressed for Valentine's Day in a short red dress.

The two stole some kisses during the festivities and danced during Carly Simon's performance of her classic "You're So Vain" and danced some more during the Earth, Wind & Fire medley. They scooted out through the backstage at about 11:30 p.m.