Country music superstar and coach on TV's The Voice, Blake Shelton thanks his girlfriend Gwen Stefani for the resurgence of his faith. Ever since 2015 when the couple started dating, Stefani has been encouraging Shelton to attend church on a regular basis.
Shelton tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper: "I believe in God now more than I ever have in my life. The biggest part of that is just how [Stefani] came into my life and now our relationship. It's just too weird. If you take God out of it, it doesn't make sense. If you put God into it, everything that's happened with us makes sense."
His renewed faith has led Shelton to look for more faith-centered songs to record. This has led him to record "God's Country," his first #1 song since 2017. Shelton first heard the song while working on his farm in Oklahoma, and was blown away by the song.
He related "I had to stop and just listen to this song, because the song was talking to me about a place that I was in at that moment, which was a place in the middle of nowhere that meant something to me that probably nobody else could ever understand, what that is and what it is inside of me and what my connection is to the land." He recalled thinking "'I've gotta record this song,' and I think I even decided before I even recorded it, 'This has got to be the song that I put out next.'
Shelton has stated that "'God's Country' is a song that has a strong and deep meaningful lyric, but at the same time it leaves it up to the listeners' interpretation."
He went on to state that "but no matter where you are from or where you're standing it is my belief that you're standing in God's Country. It's really about a state of mind. Wherever you're from and how you feel about that place. For me, it's about being from Oklahoma - where I was born, raised and still live today."