Blake Shelton’s music career is thriving. He’s one of country’s most successful artists, selling tens of millions of singles and racking up billions of streams. Not only is he a hit-making machine, but he’s also on the frontlines of helping to discover new musical talent. He’s a main-staple coach on The Voice, which is entering its 18th season. Shelton regularly selects amazing new artists to mentor and we love seeing his charming humor come to life on our TVs.
However, Shelton shines as far more than just a musician. He’s a committed Christian, loves those around him with excellence and gives generously to help children. Speaking recently with Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper, Shelton opened up about his faith has been growing in recent years. When he began dating Gwen Stefani in 2015, she encouraged him to attend church more regularly, which he credits with his desire to “turn a page” and go deeper into his relationship with Christ.
“I believe in God now more than I ever have in my life,” said Shelton. “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.”
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In his music, Shelton wears his heart on his sleeve. As his faith has taken a more central role in his life, it also has emerged in his recent singles’ lyrics. His 2019 smash hit “God’s Country,” reached number 1 on the Billboard country charts in both the USA and Canada, reaching double platinum status in the USA. The song also took home the 2019 CMA Award for “Best Single of the Year.”
When Shelton heard God’s Country for the first time, he knew he wanted to be the artist to bring the song to life. “It was the most shocking moment I’ve had in my 20 years of doing this. I was in a place that I consider to be God’s country doing the thing that makes me feel the most connected to God, which is working on the land. I heard that song, and I had one of those moments that you hear people talk about…where they say they pulled over on the side of the highway and listened. I literally had that moment.”
God’s Country wasn’t the only single on his most recent album to speak about his faith. Another stunning faith-filled song was called Jesus Got a Tight Grip.
The powerful lyrics of this song boldly share a message of Jesus’ love. “Jesus got a tight grip on my soul and He ain’t letting go, He ain’t letting go / The devil reaches out but he can’t grab hold because Jesus got a tight grip on my soul / Might have a little rust on my halo / But when I’m gone I know where I’ll go.”
Shelton has taken Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor” seriously. He’s committed to giving back to help kids in Oklahoma, his home state. He established the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Program at the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Oklahoma City.
In 2016, he organized two concerts in Oklahoma City to fundraise and was able to make a donation of $600,000 to help heal kids. He was inspired to give back after his infant cousin, Aspen, was diagnosed with cancer. Today, Aspen is thriving, and Shelton yearns to see that for all kids who are treated for cancer.