Ian Flanigan and Blake Shelton Join Forces To Perform ‘Grow Up,’ on ‘The Voice’

Ian Flanigan, Blake Shelton; Photo by Trae Patton, NBC
Ian Flanigan, Blake Shelton; Photo by Trae Patton, NBC
Ian Flanigan, Blake Shelton; Photo by Trae Patton, NBC

Ian Flanigan returned to The Voice on Monday evening (May 17) for the live debut of “Grow Up,” his brand new collaboration with his former coach, Blake Shelton. 

The pair took to the stage during the live semi-finals to perform the just-released song for the first time ever. It was a full-circle moment for Flanigan, who placed in the Top 3 of The Voice Season 19 in 2020. 

Co-written by famed Nashville tunesmiths Jon Nite, Chase McGill and Jessie Jo Dillon, “Grow Up” is all about living life in the moment.

“They say we never gonna grow/ Well they might be right/ ‘Cause we’re loud, we’re alive/ And tonight we’re raisin’ something cold up/ We thought we would one day/ But hey we aint ’cause one day still ain’t showed up/ Guess we ‘re never gonna grow up,” goes the chorus. 

Shelton harmonizes with Flanigan throughout the track. The newly engaged singer and father of one opened up to Music Mayhem about the chance to work with Shelton and revealed how the collab came about. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We reached out to see if he had any interest, and he did,” Flanigan explained. “Blake has a history of helping previous contestants from the show and I’m so grateful for his generosity and that the timing worked out for us to do this.”

He called the opportunity to work with Shelton an “absolute pleasure.” 

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