Music City heavyweight and The Voice mainstay Blake Shelton will release his first new music in 18 months next week. “Came Here To Forget,” the first single off his anticipated 12th full-length is scheduled to release Tuesday, March 8.
The singer promises the tune, written by Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan, is one of his most intimate yet, according to a release. “[The song is] an intimate snapshot of a couple’s encounter at a bar,” he says. “I’ve had a lot of music over the years but I don’t think I’ve ever had a song that’s such a direct look into my life. That’s why I’m so excited about this particular song.”
In the year-and-a-half since Bringing Back The Sunshine, his last collection of original material, the singer’s life has certainly changed. Last July he and his wife of four years, Miranda Lambert, filed for divorce. In November, he and Gwen Stefani announced they were dating. Per a recent interview with ET, all will be included on the upcoming LP. “I’ve written more than I’ve written in 15 years, for obvious reasons — all the awful things that have happened in my personal life — but the way the year ended is also the greatest of my life,” he said.
Stefani, who had also gone through a recent divorce, has said that her new album, due out Mar. 18, will also be a hyper-personal account of recent developments.
Shelton is currently on tour and later this month he’ll host Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards. The Voice, which he has won four times, premiered a new season earlier this week.