Have you ever been listening to music in the car and heard a song so powerful that you had to pull over to give it your full attention? That’s what Blake Shelton did the first time he heard “God Gave Me You” in the car, and then he decided to record it himself.
Fast forward to about three months later and Blake’s version of “God Gave Me You” is this week’s CountryBreakout No. 1 song, his fourth in under two years after “Hillbilly Bone,” “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” and “Honey Bee.” Originally written and recorded by Christian artist Dave Barnes, “God Gave Me You” is a soaring ode to devotion, and as the story goes, reminded Blake of his relationship with wife Miranda Lambert. As a testament to the song’s deeply personal meaning for Blake, the video opens and closes with a home recording of Lambert on the eve of the couple’s wedding.
By any measure, it’s been a great couple years for Blake Shelton. On top of his engagement to Lambert and their coup of the Male and Female Vocalist CMA Awards in 2010, Blake’s high profile judging spot on The Voice has elevated his media celebrity to an entirely new level. Just recently, he was honored with his first-ever CMA nomination for Entertainer of the Year, and he’ll be performing on the Nov. 9 telecast of the show.