Written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, the track appears on Shelton’s just released Fully Loaded: God’s Country compilation album, and it mixes his Oklahoma drawl with Stefani’s crisp Californian cool. Shelton says he immediately connected with the song, but cautions that its storyline is no fairy tale. Cut from a similar cloth as his dark and stormy “God’s Country,” “Nobody But You” has some been-there-done-that edge.
“This was one of those songs where the more I heard it, the more I fell in love with it,” Shelton said in an official statement. “I also realized how important it is for me and where I am in my life, and I think that’s why Shane was trying to get it to me. It fits my story. I was about to go in and record when I decided that it needed Gwen on it – because it is our song. I think it’s magic.”
Shelton and Stefani first met on the set of The Voice in 2014, and went public with their relationship shortly after. “Nobody But You” is their second collaboration following 2016’s “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” and earlier this month Shelton told Nashville Lifestyles it’s the most “epic, Earth-rattling love song” he’s heard in a long time.
“This song really cuts to the honesty of how these two feel about each other, and in a real-life situation,” he said. “It’s as honest as you can be in a country song, and something that will make you stop your car.”
Shelton’s “Hell Right” (featuring Trace Adkins) single is currently climbing the country radio charts, and he’ll embark on his Friends and Heroes 2020 tour with Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Adkins February 13 in Portland, Oregon.