This may come as a surprise to some, but writing new songs isn’t something that Blake Shelton especially loves doing.
Sure, when inspiration strikes, its fun and easy, like any creative endeavor. But when you have a career like the country star has, songwriting is part of the “job” aspect of the career. Which is where his recent wedding to Gwen Stefani comes in.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Blake Shelton opened up on writing a song for his vows to Stefani. The pair got married on their ranch in Oklahoma back on July 3 and wrote their own vows.
However, Shelton went above and beyond. But to do so, he had to call in a friend.
“For me, writing songs is like going to the dentist sometimes,” Shelton said. “So the fact that I did that, I think it was a complete shock to her.”
The song was titled “We Can Reach the Stars” and he called on hit songwriter Craig Wiseman to assist. Considering how most country songs today are written by more than one person, it probably felt natural in a way.
Interestingly enough, a large part of the writing process and discussion came when Blake Shelton would drive to work on The Voice.
How Blake Shelton and Craig Wiseman Worked on Song
So, the pair got to work when they could. According to the interview with PEOPLE, Blake Shelton wanted the song to sound like classic 90s country. If only more modern country artists aspired to do the same.
Jokes aside, the “eureka” moment for Shelton came when Wiseman strummed what would become the tune for “We Can Reach the Stars.” The rest is wedding history.
“He was coming up with some of the most important stuff,” Shelton said. “Which was unbelievable for me to hear. I was like, ‘Man, wait till I get there so we can talk about it.’ But at the same time, I didn’t want him to stop.”
And as they began to make progress and flesh out the song’s tune and lyrics, Shelton had to take a step back and realize this was the tune. For the country star and coach on The Voice, how the song was manifested was exactly how it should’ve been.
“Everything happened exactly how it was meant to happen,” Shelton said in the interview. “It just like, ‘Wow, we did it. I have a song about my wife.’ It was so exciting to me.”
The song, of course, was a hit with Gwen Stefani. What he may not have realized was that it would meet such demand from the general public. This led Blake Shelton to releasing a public version of the song, which you can find on pretty much any streaming platform.