Blake Shelton – If He’s Honest
Never coy in courting or countering controversy Shelton rarely hides what he thinks in any politically correct fug of subterfuge. Twice a week he’s quoted on an irate or amusing outburst in defence of a friend, slamming some showbiz sham or ripping into the rumour mill.
Most recently he burred up on Beyonce’s account, when tabloids and fans said her cover of the Dixie Chicks’ ‘Daddy Lessons’ wasn’t country.
“People that criticize can kiss my a**. That’s what I say” Blake stated unceremoniously. “I can’t believe people that don’t contribute to music who criticize music, it just blows my mind and Beyonce … tell them to kiss that a**, is what I would do.”
He had an equally entertaining take on his future Voice co-star, Miley Cyrus.
“I’ve known her dad for years, and so it’s like ‘I’m gonna call your dad! I will tell your dad what an a**hole you’re being right now, so you better settle down, missy!’” he joked.
Miley lent her expertise as a mentor on the Voice in an earlier episode and observers wondered how the two would gel. With Blake an outspoken hunter and Miley an outspoken vegan, the pair’s tight-knit friendship seemed unexpected, to say the least.
“I can’t imagine us ever having a problem,” Blake said. “Just because she lives her life one way and I live my life one way doesn’t mean we’re not friends. Because, God, if that was the case, I wouldn’t have … especially in this town, Los Angeles …everyone would hate me.”
Well at least he’s honest!
With If I’m Honest, Blake Shelton has made the most personal album of his career. Long known as a public figure unafraid to be himself, Blake has applied that same guileless approach to his art, bringing a raw emotional honesty to the fifteen slices of life that make up the project.
“If I’m honest, I’ve never been as proud of an album as a body of work as I am of this one,” he says, citing the title itself as an example of his approach.
Who remembers what Shelton’s first single was? It was 2001 so 15yrs ago and the cut was ‘Austin’.
“I’ve had a lot of music over the years,” he continued, “but I don’t think I’ve ever had a song before that’s such a searingly direct look into my life.” Oddly accurate despite his not having had a hand in writing the song – it’s by Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan – ‘Came Here To Forget’ is an intimate snapshot of a couple’s encounter at a bar.
The accompanying black and white video features multiple shots of Shelton staring out contemplatively at the ocean intercut with scenes of the singer sharing a drink with a beautiful stranger at a bar.
“Girl getting over him and I’m getting over her/ The eyes have it made, ain’t gotta say a word/ Misery loves company, that’s why it’s you and me,” he sings in lyrics that have incited rampant speculation that the song is a not-so-veiled reference to his breakup with ex-wife Miranda Lambert and hook-up with 46yo co-star on The Voice, Gwen Stefani.
Since Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton went public with their relationship, they’ve dared sceptics to doubt the strength of their union. And the gossip columns have had a field day – the pair have been engaged, married, pregnant, on, off – you name it! It’s a readymade soap opera with the lot – divorce drama, reality television, and new music to read real life events into. Neither has been shy about discussing their Voice romance, and now they have a duet to seal the whole affair with a kiss.
An emotional highlight of If I’m Honest, ‘Go Ahead and Break My Heart,’ features Stefani, who co-wrote it with Blake.
“It’s hard for me to talk about this song without smiling,” Blake says, “just for the fact that she and I wrote this thing together about our circumstances at the time.” Stefani shows up again as Blake talks about ‘A Guy With A Girl,’ a song about being with someone who turns every head.
“I’ve experienced this so much in the last few months,” he says, “because Gwen goes to a completely different circle of award shows and parties than I’ve ever got to and so I’m like a fish out of water. I notice that people approach us but they’re really approaching her and that’s what this song is about-the guy is just the guy with her.”
… read the rest of the story in Issue 81.