Did you know Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” came to the country superstar during the moment when his time as a recording artist seemed to be slowly disappearing?
It was at the beginning of 2019 when his songs would climb up to the top ten only to weaken even before 1 it reached the top spot. Though most artists would think this is such an achievement, a superstar like Shelton – who has nearly 30 country No. 1 hits, 17 of which were consecutive – somewhat felt like a dreary performance.
Soon enough, Shelton’s wondering whether his career was coming to an end. The country singer even started thinking of taking a break to reassess his next step before diving into a new album.
But things changed when he heard “God’s Country” for the very first time. The song moved him so much that he needed to pull over. Shelton was actually driving his compact tractor on his farm in Oklahoma at that time. The rustic setting even more amplified the connection he felt to the music.
“God’s Country,” one of Blake Shelton’s songs was written by a dream team of Nashville songwriters who understand the country music industry very well: Hardy, Devin Dawson, and Jordan Schmidt.
Schmidt was the one who recorded the demo, and the team sent it to record producer Scott Hendriks, who then sent it to Shelton. Within just a week, Shelton already cut the song.
The country singer released “God’s Country” in 2019 as the first single off his compilation album Fully Loaded: God’s Country. Two months later, Shelton was once again back at the top of the charts, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in the United States. It achieved the same success in Canada.
Fans’ reaction to the country-rock anthem was indeed overwhelmingly positive. They were very impressed, most especially with “God’s Country” chords. In fact, fans would gather together on social media, praising the song for being among the best ones to ever hit the airways in many years and, of course, applauding Shelton for his performance.
So, it was no longer a surprise when he earned the title of ACM Single of the Year at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards – his first one after many years.
Indeed, the song changed everything for Shelton, and he is beyond grateful for the three songwriters who sent it to him.
“God’s Country” lyrics pay tribute to the power of the land – and for Shelton, it’s his home state of Oklahoma, where he was born, raised, and still living today. Though Shelton emphasizes that it’s just a state of mind, “no matter where you are from or where you’re standing, it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s Country,” he said,
You can listen to “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton in the video below.
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