Plenty of couples write their own wedding vows, giving an already-touching moment even more personal meaning. But if you’re a country star like Blake Shelton, you can do better.
Shelton wrote a song for his new bride, Gwen Stefani, when the couple married in July 2021, and now “We Can Reach the Stars” has been released.
Giving fans a peek inside the couple’s love, Shelton’s wedding day present is a suitably tender and heartfelt country ballad, helping explain the connection between an avowed country boy and pop superstar. Calling their relationship part of “God’s plan,” Shelton proclaims their first kiss made them feel like kids again. With a soft Oklahoma charm and simple, classy production behind him, the superstar says his world revolves around Stefani, and that she amazes his heart.
“And I know we can reach the stars / That’s how far my love will go for you / I know we can reach the stars / You’ve already hung the moon,” he sings.
“Gwen and I decided we were going to write our own vows for the wedding, but I decided to surprise her by writing a song instead,” Shelton says of the song. “I reached out to my buddy Craig Wiseman, who is a world-class songwriter, to help me write and structure something that would stand the test of time. I’m really proud of ‘We Can Reach The Stars’ and I’m really honored to be with her. That’s why we got married in the first place. That’s why we wear rings … because we want everyone to know. I’m thrilled to share this song with the world.”
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were married after a few years of public dating on July 3, 2021. The couple met on the set of NBC’s The Voice, where they were both coaches and Shelton remains a fan favorite. Season 21 of the show is going on now.
“We Can Reach the Stars” is the last of 16 tracks found on his expanded Body Language Deluxe album, due December 3, and Shelton’s current single, “Come Back As A Country Boy,” is rising up through country radio’s Top 30. He’ll perform the chest-thumping track on the 55th Annual CMA Awards when they air live from Nashville November 10, at 8/7c on ABC.