Blake Shelton is preparing to release a brand new album, giving his fans and critics a new perspective on his highly-publicized love life and personal struggles.
In a new interview with Country Countdown USA, Shelton reveals that he’s been hard a work creating a new album that was inspired by the ups and downs he experienced in 2015.
“The thing I’m focused on, that I’ve been thinking about since the beginning of the year is this next studio album,” Shelton said. “That’s all I care about, and we already cut a lot of stuff. If I got hit by a truck, the label would have enough for a new album.”
“I’ve written more than I’ve written in 15 years, for obvious reasons, all the awful things that have happened in my personal life, but the way the year ended is also the greatest of my life.”
Although he wouldn’t reference them by name, it’s obvious that Shelton’s surprise divorce from Miranda Lambert and his new relationship with The Voice co-star Gwen Stefani have made impacts on his songwriting.
“I better not talk about that just yet, but sometimes you don’t know who’s in your life that can save you. I found some people in my life that have changed my life forever,” Shelton explains. “Some has been bad and some that’s been pretty good. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, and that’s put all I’ve gone through and put it into music, and I never felt more connected to a record before.”
The new record, which remains untitled, will see Shelton sharing his own perspective on his (and presumably Gwen’s) personal life, framing a narrative outside of what tabloids and gossip columns have published over the past 12 months.
“When people hear this record, they may not know what happened to me, but they’re gonna know how I felt about it,” he says. “And that’s exciting for me, to just lay it out there for people.”