Now that country superstar Blake Shelton has spent a season mentoring singers on the hit NBC show ‘The Voice’, he’s been able to closely observe and work with other genres of music.
One of things that Shelton has noticed about singers outside of the country music scene is that they have been working on collaborations with other artists and have been topping the charts with those songs. While there are some country artists, like Shelton, that do try to record duets with other artists, the record labels make it almost impossible for those songs to reach the heights that other pop hits have reached.
One of the songs off of Shelton’s album ‘Red River Blue’ is a duet with his wife Miranda Lambert, but he worries that the song will never really get much airplay because he and his wife belong to different record labels. Shelton said;
“I never realized until the last couple of years, when you’re not on the same label as another artist and you record together, it almost takes a miracle. It’s a thousand wonders that it worked out with ‘Hillbilly Bone’ because looking back, Trace [Adkins] probably knew he was leaving his label [Capitol Records] and then everything worked out where it could be a single. Otherwise, that probably would have never happened, and I can’t imagine where my career would be without that song.
That’s one of the things that drive me and Miranda crazy about Nashville, the fact that it’s so hard to collaborate with people. Look at other genres, and that’s almost all they do! It seems like they know what they’re doing, as far as selling a lot of music. So it’s frustrating.”
You can catch Shelton on season 2 of ‘The Voice’ with his co-judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Cee-Lo Green which will be returning to NBC in February premiering right after the Super Bowl.