Blake Shelton Says Working with Gwen Stefani Makes Him Feel Like a ‘Kid on Christmas Morning’

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are undoubtedly one of the most popular couples in music. Fans have watched their relationship…


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 10, 2021


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Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photo by Trae Patton, NBC

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are undoubtedly one of the most popular couples in music. Fans have watched their relationship unfold over the years through social media and their time on The Voice. As people everywhere continue to anticipate their forthcoming wedding, Shelton is looking back on the early stages of their relationship. 

Back when this was simply a budding romance, both of artists were going through difficult divorces. They had written “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” together, a song that stemmed from defining their relationship and asking themselves the hard questions such as, “Are we rebounding here? Is that what we’re doing together?”

Shelton got candid about writing this song and working with his fiancée during a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1

“…It was interesting because all of a sudden there was this girl that I was just starting to see and spend time with and that I was obviously crazy about,” recalled Shelton. “As we wrote this song and we wrote it on voice notes or whatever, sending them back and forth with each other, and it was only then did it dawn on me, not that it dawned on me, but it really was a shocker to me that, ‘Oh my God, I’m writing a song with Gwen Stefani.’ Only then did it hit me, she’s an incredible songwriter. These things she’s coming up with, and then her voice on the voice notes and the way she sounded just singing it like a little scratch vocal to show me what she was thinking. It’s like that voice, you talk to her and she sounds like Gwen, but when she sings, all of a sudden it’s the girl, it’s Don’t Speak. It’s that icon.”

Shelton expressed that even though they have worked together for awhile, at his core he’s still just a huge fan of Stefani as an artist and feels lucky to be working beside her. 

“…I remember when we were recording the vocals for ‘Happy Anywhere,’ because we actually recorded that song before we recorded ‘Nobody But You’, which came out before ‘Happy,’ and we’re going back to this story I was talking about earlier,” continued Shelton. “I remember being in the studio and texting the writers, taking videos like, ‘Oh my God, that you are going to —-. Gwen Stefani is singing your song right now. You know what I mean?’ And they were freaking out. I still have those moments when we get into work mode, I know that it should be super like emotional and personal and this, because we haven’t done that many, we’ve done four songs together, and I’m still more in blown away fan shocked mode when I actually work with her.”

Both on and off the stage, the couple’s chemistry is unmistakable. As Shelton gushed over the talented artist Stefani is, he painted a picture of a night on stage for the two of them. 

 “And there’s been times where she comes out on stage, we’ll have a plan if she’s at one of my concerts and we always try to keep it on the down low, and then we’ll start ‘Nobody But You’ or ‘Go Ahead And Break My Heart,’ and then I’ll be singing it. And here I am dying from the time I stand on stage, walk out on stage until that moment hits, because I know on that set list people are going to —- in their seats when Gwen Stefani walks out here. It’s like I’m a kid on Christmas morning. And so that’s what it’s like for me working with her. It’s just exciting, it really is.”

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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.