Blake Shelton’s “Bringing Back The Sunshine” Rises September 30th

Blake+Shelton+NBC+Voice+Red+Carpet+Event+Nw5SA43yhdllWith his new single “Neon Light” rising fast on the charts, CMA reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton is ready to release his 11th studio album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE on Tuesday, September 30. With performances on The Today Show on October 1 and Live with Kelly and Michael on October 2, SUNSHINE finds Shelton at his best. “There’s something magical about that title, and given what this album is all about, I thought ‘BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE’ is like I’m bringing back some country music,” he says. “Country is sunshine to me.”

With 11 tracks, Shelton returns to those themes that drew him to Nashville as a 17 year-old kid fresh out of high school. “It’s very important to me to push myself and my musical boundaries but it’s also important for me to come back and touch home base every once in a while, to be sure there’s always a firm foot planted in country music. Country music is defined by each individual, and this is my definition of stepping back a little bit. I wanted to make a record that represents the beginning of my career, but also blending with where I’ve ended up.”

The album features two songs with guest vocalists. “Lonely Tonight,” written by Brent Anderson and Ryan Hurd is a stirring duet with Ashley Monroe. “We all know she’s a singer/songwriter, but I don’t think people know the girl can wail like she can,” says Shelton. “As a vocalist, I just wanted to step up to that level, so I was really hard on myself, and tried to make that as best as I could possibly get it.”

On “Buzzin'” Shelton keeps it in the family with The Voice season two contestant and teammate Rae Lynn. “I’m so proud of what Rae Lynn has accomplished and she brings her great vocals to this fun song.” Written Kendell Marvel and Craig Wiseman, the hilarious and instantly memorable song finds Wiseman at his best. “Craig is so brilliant, so smart with his songwriting. Every time I see his name on a song I can’t wait to hear it.”

Shifting gears, Shelton says “Sangria” is “one of the sexiest songs” he’s ever cut. “It sounds like something that came from a different time, almost like something Chris Isaak would have had on one of his records at some point. It’s just about one of those nights where you drink too much and you’re gonna end up hookin’ up with this person, it’s just inevitable. It’s not too over the top, but it’s pure sex, that’s the only way I know to describe that song.”

Perhaps the defining track on SUNSHINE is “A Good Country Song,” a bittersweet, breathtaking slice of nostalgia written by Tommy Lee James, Matt Jenkins, and Jessi Alexander. “Jessi Alexander is a great friend of mine, and she got in touch with me when she heard we were cutting tracks and said she wanted to write something for me. When I heard the lyric, it was almost as if she grew up in the same house I grew up in, from shifting the gears in my dad’s truck to listening to Earl Thomas Conley on a station out of Tulsa. There has never been a more accurate song about me that I have recorded.”

BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE breaks on September 30 and fans who pre-order the album now will immediately receive “Neon Light,” “Lonely Tonight” featuring Ashley Monroe, “Buzzin’” featuring Rae Lynn and “Sangria.”

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.