Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani’s Newest Collaboration, ‘Purple Irises,’ Proves That With A Little Hard Work, Love Can Stand The Test Of Time

“We love this song so much,” Shelton shares.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 9, 2024

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani; Photo by Ellen von Unwerth

Blake Shelton and his wife, Gwen Stefani have teamed up for yet another love-filled duet titled “Purple Irises.”

Taking their undeniable chemistry into Nashville’s Smoakstack Studios, the pair of hitmakers reunited to produce a nostalgia-laced anthem that explores all the trials and tribulations that come with being in a relationship that ultimately make them stronger in the end. 

“We Are Growing Together”

Stefani serves as co-writer alongside Jakob Hazell, Niko Rubio and Svante Halldin, while award-winning producer and Shelton’s longtime collaborator, Scott Hendricks produced the track.

“’Purple Irises’ is a song that comes from the idea that when you plant something you are planting hope and watching love grow,” says Stefani. “Weathering all the different seasons of growth. We are in this together, we planted the seeds together and we are growing together.”

While reflecting on the song through his perspective, Shelton noted the timeless, genre-bending elements that are embedded in the cheery harmonies and diverse instrumentals, making it a “really cool and different” track that “can live anywhere.”

“We love this song so much,” Blake Shelton added. “It’s a song Gwen wrote with a couple of friends of hers, and I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. She knew there was something different about it and asked me to come in and sing with her. My longtime producer, Scott Hendricks, produced it, and Gwen’s been wanting to work with him for a long time now…”

Celebrating Their Love For One Another

Prior to the song’s official release, Stefani and Shelton dropped several teasers including a video documenting snippets of their time spent recording the tune. The video finds the pair in the studio, and building out a string of effortless harmonies while celebrating how strong their love is for one another.

“If someone comes along and tries to love you like I love you/ Don’t know what I’d do/ Don’t want to lose you/ If someone comes along and tries to take you, tries to make you/ Don’t let them change your mind/ Wonder why you took a risk/ On a broken heart you cannot fix/ No I never knew a love like this/ Now we’re picking purple irises,” Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton sing on the chorus. 

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The cover photo for the new song boasts a retro theme as Stefani and Shelton both sport all-denim looks while looking giddy in the brightly colored living room setting. The country star appears to be plucking his guitar while his other half admires him from the bright yellow striped couch. The background décor features hanging wall art of purple irises to match the name of the song. 

Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Purple Irises
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Purple Irises

“Purple Irises” Marks The Couple’s Fifth Collaboration

The singer/songwriters will get to deliver their debut performance of “Purple Irises” on Sunday (Feb. 11) during the Super Bowl LVIII TikTok Tailgate to get fans excited and ready for the big matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas. 

The couple who met while working as coaches on NBC’s The Voice in 2014, has previously shared the mic on the platinum hits like “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere,” as well as 2016’s “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” and the holiday anthem, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”

Gwen Stefani most recently served as a coach on Season 24 of NBC’s The Voice, which marks the first season of the show without Shelton as a coach. 

The pop star was not included in the 2024 panel of coaches, however, fans will have the chance to see her on the stage of several festival this year including Cali Vibes, Lovers & Friends and more. Plus, she will be reuniting with her former bandmates of the rock band, No Doubt, during Coachella 2024.

Blake Shelton’s Back To The Honky Tonk Tour 2024

Meanwhile, Blake Shelton is preparing to hit the road for his highly anticipated Back To The Honky Tonk Tour. The 17-date trek launches on February 22 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and will run through March 29 in Wichita, Kansas. 

He will be joined on the tour by Dustin Lynch and Emily Ann Roberts.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.