Blake Shelton Dedicates New Single ‘Come Back as a Country Boy’ to ‘Hard-Working People’

by Chris Haney

During a recent interview, country star Blake Shelton opened up about the importance of his newest single “Come Back as a Country Boy.” The Voice coach shared that the song is dedicated to “hard-working people” that were brought up similar to himself.

“Come Back as a Country Boy” will feature as a new song on the reissued deluxe version of his new album Body Language. His 12th studio album came out a few months ago on May 21, but is now receiving a deluxe makeover, which includes the new track.

Body Language also includes his hit duet “Happy Anywhere” with his famous wife Gwen Stefani. The song became the second chart-topping duet the couple created together after it released as a single in July 2020. “Nobody But Youtopped Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart as well last year.

Blake Shelton’s newest single doesn’t include Stefani, but had some famous songwriters involved with its creation. Songwriter and country singer HARDY wrote the track along with Josh Thompson and Jordan Schmidt. “Come Back as a Country Boy” is just one of multiple new songs that will be on the updated version of his newest album. However, it might just be the most personal the way Shelton speaks of it.

“I think this song is an anthem for everyday hard-working country people out there,” Blake Shelton told PEOPLE recently. “We have so much pride in who we are and what we do that, if we ever died and got the chance to live life over again, we probably wouldn’t do it if we couldn’t be country.”

Shelton’s deluxe edition of Body Language will release on Dec. 3, and will be available for pre-order this Friday.

Blake Shelton Jokes That ‘We Have to Put Gwen on Every Song’ Now

Earlier this month, Blake Shelton headlined Music City’s Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Before the show, he and Gwen Stefani met with his record label, songwriters, and publishers to celebrate the couple’s successful duets “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere.” The married couple addressed those in attendance as they both thanked everyone involved.

“Blake Shelton, thank you for letting me ride your coattails all this time,” Stefani said. “I truly am a fish out of water. I’m from Orange County, but I’m wearing cowboy boots for this. I am such a fan of songwriting and writers. When Blake asked me to be on ‘Happy Anywhere,’ I cried because I was so excited about it. The song is so ‘our song’ and we’re so in love and it really is the perfect way to describe us. When I heard ‘Nobody But You’ I was so blown away by the song I was jealous that I wasn’t on it.”

In typical Blake Shelton fashion, he joked that they’d have to add Stefani to all his future singles from now on.

“[We] were laughing earlier that we now know we have to put Gwen on every song I release from now on if we want it to work. ‘Austin’ (his first No. 1 single) was 20 years ago this year. To think that 20 years later I would still be standing here is my dream come true. And it’s because of the songwriters in this town,” Shelton said at the event.