Gwen Stefani launches a North American tour to support This Is What the Truth Feels Like. EVE will join the tour on all dates. Tour dates and sales information here.
Jessi Alexander Dishes on a Gospel Song That “Came Deep From Blake Shelton’s Soul.” In the video from Taste of Country, Jessi explains how important “Savior’s Shadow” is to Blake.
The song came to Blake last summer, around August, and he said he had dreamt of the song. He wrote down as much as he could remember which he then tweeted that he had written a song that was “so important to me, I can’t believe it!” That’s when he thanked Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall for helping him write this amazing gospel song for his new album. It’s a deep, moving song that will resonate with many people…and with the song being released only yesterday, it is already #5 on the Christian and Gospel Genre iTunes chart! Check out the videos below and some of the tweets from today about “Savior’s Shadow.”
Here is a video from Blake Shelton’s Q&A BS’rs VIP Lounge from March 18th in Wilkes Barre, PA. It is only the Q&A (no songs) and Blake talks about the gospel song and how it came about. It starts at 9:27 and goes on to talk more about the new album as well.
It’s funny how life works and it seems as if this gospel song is a great “Why me Lord” type of song. Even Gwen Stefani Loves “Savior’s Shadow” of course, because we all know that Gwen is very spiritual and religious. People say they are opposites but there are so many ways that Blake & Gwen are the perfect couple….they have quite a bit in common! Luckily they found each other and they both saved each other from the bad things that happened to them last year. Thank God that they have each other to get through their divorces and in the end…they found true love!
Purchase Blake Shelton’s new single on iTunes, “Savior’s Shadow” from his upcoming album “If I’m Honest” out May 20th. Here’s the link for “Savior’s Shadow” – Single by Blake Shelton
https://itun.es/us/uk3Obb and if you haven’t purchased “Came here to Forget” or his song “Friends” for the Angry Birds Movie, purchase them on iTunes as well! Quick little tidbit: Jessi also helped with the song “Friends” and is in the music video from the blog post yesterday. If you haven’t seen this cute video, check it out in the blog post prior to this one!
Here’s an exclusive first look at the brand new song for the movie, The Angry Birds Movie, titled “Friends,” along with an adorably fun music video featuring several of the characters from the movie.
As a country singer Shelton is well aware a pig is the most intelligent of all farmyard animals. The movie, which comes out May 20th, tells the story of seven appropriately angry birds who live on a small paradise and whose life is turned upside down by the impending arrival of the pigs.
They have to team up to investigate the pigs in order to find out and thwart their evil plans.
But it is unlikely they are as huge fans as Blake of the immensely popular series, as he freely admits he was something of an addict of the Worms-esque game, in which a player launches birds at their porcine enemies using a catapult for propulsion. So perhaps that was what attracted Blake Shelton to the part of a porcine villain in the forthcoming The Angry Birds Movie.
His character will be one of the now-famous green “piggies” — the enemies of the Angry Birds. The movie tells the story of the origin of the feud between the two species and how they came to be adversaries. It features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and more. Shelton’s character fits the bill for a country artist — a promo photo shows Earl wearing a cowboy getup and carrying an acoustic guitar.
Blake Shelton – who has been recently cast as one of the many pigs that have caused the birds to be quite angry. He plays a pig with a very Southern drawl and a vendetta against all of bird kind. New country for young men: Blake Shelton will reach a whole new audience when he plays evil cowboy pig Earl.
Many songwriters live by the maxim “Write what you know,” so when Blake Shelton was tasked with coming up with a tune for The Angry Birds Movie, he hit a roadblock.
“I can write things about myself and my life,” says the country singer and coach on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice. “But I don’t have a whole lot of experience being shot out of a slingshot at pigs.”
When Shelton was asked to play one of the pigs in the film, lending his voice to an especially country-fried pork chop named Earl…it was harder for him to sound more “country” than he already is. “They kept saying, ‘More country!’ ” Shelton says. “I felt like I was doing a voice-over for Dukes of Hazzard.”
While the film is based on the immensely popular game. It was one that Shelton played a lot before he was hired to write a song about it.
“I wish I had a dollar for every minute I lost playing that freaking game, you know?” he says. “Well, I guess I do now.”
Scoring his third film credit, after Pitch Perfect 2 and The Ridiculous 6 helped usher him into the film acting game this past year, this is Shelton’s first voice-over role.
It’s not hard to see how Shelton landed the gig, as he looked like one of the actually funny parts of The Ridiculous 6, which landed with a bit of a thud this past month. So if he could stand out in a film as ridiculous as its name implies, then clearly he’s great with ensembles. And seeing as The Angry Birds Movie is built heavily on its ensemble cast, adding a music superstar who’s on a hot streak is only a smart move. Not to mention, the target demographic that follows Blake Shelton’s music career will be happy to know that with his participation comes a brand new, original song for the film’s soundtrack.
Most animated comedies, much like Sony’s recent hit Hotel Transylvania 2, tend to attract diverse casts of popular talent in the industry today. The only downside to such casting is the fact that we can’t be sure how much of a role that Shelton will have in the cast of The Angry Birds Movie. Much like the casting of Mel Brooks in Hotel Transylvania 2, what sounds like a lead to mid-sized role could be what amounts to an extended cameo in the scheme of things. We won’t know for sure until the movie comes out May 20th. There are quite a few trailers, but the official music video of “Friends” by Blake Shelton is a cute video to watch!
Other stars who will be featured on Atlantic Records’ Angry Birds Movie – Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack (out May 6 and available for pre-order) include Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Charli XCX and more. You can pre-order on iTunes but you can already purchase Blake Shelton’s song “Friends” right now and here’s the iTunes link: https://itun.es/us/CqVDbb
Official Track Listing
1. Blake Shelton – “Friends”
2. Demi Lovato – “I Will Survive”
3. Matoma – Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)
4. Imagine Dragons – “On Top of the World”
5. Charli XCX – “Explode”
6. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
7. Scorpions – “Rock You Like a Hurricane”
8. Steve Aoki – “Fight”
9. Tone-Loc – “Wild Thing”
10. KRS-One – “Sound of da Police”
11. Limp Bizkit – “Behind Blue Eyes”
12. Peter Dinklage – “The Mighty Eagle Song”
13. The Hatchlings – “The Mighty Red Song”
14. Heitor Pereira – “Angry Birds Movie Score Medley”
Article quoted from EW, People, Daily Mail UK, Rolling Stone and Taste of Country