Why Blake Shelton Is 'Gonna Be Honest' About His Songwriting


There’s a reason Blake Shelton only wrote one song on his latest album.

The country superstar shares in a new Facebook video his appreciation for Nashville’s songwriters, saying, without them, he wouldn’t have a career.

Blake is “always hearing something that blows [him] away” from people who pen songs for a living.

“I’ve got one song on [If I’m Honest] that I wrote, and the rest are all from other writers in Nashville... I love being a songwriter, but I am more excited about making a great album,” Blake says on why he prefers to record songs from other songwriters. “I’m gonna be honest with myself, and the only way to do that is to lean on the incredibly talented writers in Nashville.”

Unknowns at the time, David Kent and Kirsti Manna wrote Blake’s debut single “Austin,” and he’s forever grateful.

“They took a chance on me. I took a chance on them,” he adds. “When the right artist gets the right song, it can change the course of someone’s life forever. And it did for me.”

Blake returns to The Voice for Season 13, beginning September 25 on NBC.

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