RaeLynn Gushes Over Her ‘Authentic’ Bond with Blake Shelton: He’s a ‘Constant Friend and a Constant Mentor’

It’s been nearly a decade since RaeLynn first met Blake Shelton on The Voice.  At the time, she was fresh…


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October 16, 2021

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It’s been nearly a decade since RaeLynn first met Blake Shelton on The Voice

At the time, she was fresh out of high school and just 17 years old, but she and Shelton immediately connected over the music and they haven’t’ lost touch since. In fact, their friendship has only strengthened through the years. 

“I knew that right when I met Blake, he was somebody that was going to be in my life forever and be a constant friend and a constant mentor. And of course now he is married to the most incredible woman ever, Gwen [Stefani]. She is so sweet,” Raelynn gushed in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight


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She went on to open up about their friendship means to her and how Shelton has helped her navigate her career. 

“I honestly think the bond that we have is just, he met me at a very young age, and he saw my ability to song-write, and I remember when I first showed him one of my songs. I showed him ‘Boyfriend,’ and he was like, ‘You wrote this?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and that was one of the first times that I met him, when I was on The Voice,” the Texas native recalled. “He was just so sweet, and I don’t know, every once in a while, you just meet somebody that you are like, ‘This person is going to be in my life for the rest of my life,’ and I just know that I am going to know that person. I knew that right when I met Blake, he was somebody that I knew would be in my life forever and be a constant friend and a constant mentor.”

For that, Raelynn considers herself “lucky.” 

“The connection that we built was just so authentic, and then he has been such a big advocate for me in Nashville.” 

Recently, the pair teamed up for a duet on RaeLynn’s new album, Baytown

“Me and Blake have been trying to find a song to do together since I have been on The Voice, and for the last 10 years, we have been like, ‘What are we going to do? What are we going to do?’ We could not do a love song. That would be weird, because he is like my freaking dad slash uncle, and so we were just always bouncing songs back and forth to each other,” RaeLynn told ET.

The perfect song finally came along when RaeLynn went into the studio with Corey Crowder and Tyler Hubbard

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“I am like, ‘Let’s write a song that is a straight duet for me and Blake,’ and so I had the title, ‘Why I Got a Truck,’ and we wrote this song, and right when I sent it to Blake, he was all into it, so it is probably one of my favorites,” the new mom shared. 

Shelton’s reaction to the song was priceless and he immediately agreed to lend his vocals to the track. 

“I think he said, ‘Damn it Sis, this sounds great, I wanna do it,’” RaeLynn recalled. 

Shelton joins her on “Why I Got A Truck,” which finds the country singers professing their love for pickups. 

“That’s why I got a truck sittin’ in the driveway / Trackin’ that mud up and down the highway / I can haul ass, I can haul hay / I can fill ‘er up every time I get paid / The view’s just better up on 35s / Ain’t a dirt road ’round here it can’t ride / I can get you out if you get stuck / Tailgate down, make a little love / That’s why I got a truck,” the superstar duo sings on the chorus.

Baytown arrived on Friday (Sept. 24) via Round Here Records and is a continuation of her 2020 six-song EP of the same name. The project features eight new tracks, including her duet with Shelton and a collaboration with Mitchell Tenpenny called “Get That All The Time.” 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.