Blake Shelton is learning a whole lot from Gwen Stefani, and it’s showing up in his new music.
Blake and Gwen just debuted their duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” on NBC’s “The Voice,” and Blake says he got about halfway done with this song before handing it off to Gwen to finish.
He tells “Entertainment Tonight,” “It was just kind of something for she and I to help us feel better about what we were going through. I learned a lot from Gwen when it comes to songwriting already, because she’s so brutally honest in her writing.”
Blake has been digging back through Gwen’s catalog of hits from her days with No Doubt, too. Even back in the mid-’90s, Gwen was laying everything about her love life out in hit songs like “Don’t Speak” and “Sunday Morning.”
Blake adds, “I mean, go back to that ‘Tragic Kingdom’ album. She’s telling you something that just happened to her. So, I got to share in that with the writing of this song, and that’s pretty special to me, anyway.”
In digging through Gwen’s hits, Blake has been floored to learn just how many of her songs he already knows.
“I still discover songs that I know almost by heart that I didn’t even know she’s the one that sang ’em,” Blake explains. “‘Hey Baby’ is the last one that I was like, ‘That was you? That was y’all’s song? You’re famous! You’re so famous!'”
“Go Ahead and Break My Heart” is included on Blake’s new album, “If I’m Honest,” due out May 20.