Country superstar Blake Shelton is sharing a special and personal message about his new Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville album If I’m Honest, out Friday, May 20.
“I have never recorded a more personal or reflective album in my career,” Shelton writes in a note in the album. “If I’m Honest touches both the highs and lows of the past year of my life. I hope you’ll enjoy this journey.”
Shelton is celebrating the release of his new album with a number of live appearances in the next several days. He’ll appear on Live! with Kelly for an interview and will perform his Top 5-and-rising single “Came Here to Forget” on Friday. On Sunday, Shelton and Gwen Stefani will perform “Go Ahead And Break My Heart” on the Billboard Awards, a song they wrote and sing on the album, and on Monday, May 23, he’ll appear on The Ellen Show where he’ll debut “She’s Got A Way With Words,” another song from If I’m Honest. Shelton will also appear June 8 on the 2016 CMT Music Awards. The two-time nominee will debut “Doing It to Country Songs” with his friends and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys.
He kicked things off with an appearance this morning on Today, where he performed “Came Here to Forget.” He’ll return to Today next Tuesday, May 24, where he will perform “Friends,” the feature song in the upcoming Angry Birds movie out May 20, and he’ll also sit-down with Kathie Lee Griffith and Hoda Kotb for a hilarious interview and performance of his No. 1 hit, “Honeybee.”
The Voice coach also is going for his fifth win when the 10th season of the NBC Emmy Award-winning series reaches the finale next week.
If I’m Honest is an Apple Music and iTunes streaming and digital exclusive for the first week of release.
Shelton has never been more excited for fans to hear an album and shared four songs before the 15-track LP was released – “Friends,” “Came Here to Forget,” “Savior’s Shadow” and the Gwen Stefani duet “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” which the two wrote, recorded and debuted live on The Voice together.
He’s been slowly sharing insights with fans about If I’m Honest and the way it chronicles his struggles and triumphs over the last year.
“I don’t even know how to talk about this album as a piece of music as I do just kind of a timeline,” Shelton said in an exclusive interview with The Tennessean newspaper. “As country artists go, I think we’re supposed to sing about our life experiences, and I’ve done that before, but not to this extent.”
Fans also can learn more about Shelton when the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, opens Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story on May 27. The exhibition will examine the star’s road to success, from his childhood to his move to Nashville as a teen, and from his multi-platinum recording breakthrough to becoming a national celebrity. A range of artifacts, including stage wear, instruments, song manuscripts, photos and personal items will help tell the story of Shelton’s struggles and triumphs.
And he’ll hit the road on the fall leg of the 2016 Blake Shelton Tour Presented by Gildan in September, kicking off the run in his home state of Oklahoma. For tour dates, tickets and the latest news and information, be sure to follow @blakeshelton on Twitter and stay tuned to BlakeShelton.com.
If I’m Honest track list:
1. Straight Outta Cold Beer
2. She’s Got A Way With Words
3. Bet You Still Think About Me
4. Every Time I Hear That Song
5. Came Here To Forget
6. Every Goodbye
7. It Ain’t Easy
8. A Guy With A Girl
9. Go Ahead And Break My Heart (Featuring Gwen Stefani)
10. Friends (from The Angry Birds Movie)
11. One Night Girl
12. Doing It To Country Songs (Featuring The Oak Ridge Boys)