Preview: Blake Shelton releasing new single 'God's Country' Friday
Tishomingo resident and country music superstar Blake Shelton is releasing Friday “God’s Country,” the flagship single from his forthcoming project, and he premiered a tantalizingly brief preview today on Twitter.
Written by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson, Shelton’s gritty new song is billed as "an electrifying foot-stomper that connects the listener to their roots" in a news release.
“‘God’s Country’ is a song that has a strong and deep meaningful lyric, but at the same time it leaves it up to the listener's interpretation,” Shelton said in a statement. “But no matter where you are from or where you’re standing it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s Country. 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.”
The Ada native visited different parts of God’s Country on his massive headlining “Friends & Heroes 2019” run, which wrapped this past weekend in Albany. Joined by special guest Lauren Alaina and with special appearances from the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins, Shelton returned to the Billboard Hot Tours Top 5 chart. According to Pollstar, the first nine shows of the 18-date arena tour sold 103,434 tickets and averaged more than $1 million per night, according to the release.
As previously reported, the tour opened Feb. 14 with a home-state show at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena. As I noted in my concert review, Shelton and his cohorts delivered a crowd-pleasing celebration of country music in the opening-night stop.
Next stop for Shelton: a return to his chair for Season 16 of NBC’s "The Voice." As previously reported, the Battle Rounds began airing tonight, with the live shows kicking off in April.
A platinum-selling, chart-topping entertainer, Shelton continues to build his multifaceted career, with his most recent musical successes including the Grammy-nominated song “I Lived It” and the gold-certified smash “I’ll Name The Dogs,” the latter of which notched Shelton his 25th No. 1 single. Both tracks hail from his 2017 album "Texoma Shore," which became his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including 20 Academy of Country Music nominations and both the male and overall Video of the Year trophies at the 2018 CMT Awards. Off stage, he has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality to open a string of Ole Red entertainment restaurant venues, a nod to his 2001 hit of the same name, in his Oklahoma hometown of Tishomingo as well as in Nashville and most recently in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.