Columbian country? As you know, Blake Shelton is one of the coaches on the hit tv talent show The Voice… and so is Columbian pop singer Shakira. While Blake and Shakira (along with Adam Levine and Usher) coach their “Voice” teams in competition on the show—the two also teamed up for a duet to be released on Shakira’s new album.
Shakira said she wanted to do a song that had a narrative like a country song — “a real song” and she wanted to work with “real people with roots”, telling Billboard Magazine, “I was a little tired of L.A. I wanted people with another point of view, real people with roots with whom I feel comfortable working in the same room.”
With a little guidance from Blake, she ended up working with writer Hillary Lindsay and producer Mark Bright — both out of Nashville and both of whom previously worked with Carrie Underwood. The result — a song called “Medicine” which she asked Blake to sing on.
Shakira said she wanted the song to be a country song deep down, but with a pop influence for her pop radio fans, so this should be interesting! Will we see Blake joining her on those famous belly-dancing “Hips Don’t Lie” dance moves? Probably not, but she does divulge that they steered in a more country direction…explaining, “When I wrote the song I didn’t know what direction to go in and I did, like, eight versions… Dance, pop… but I said, no, this is a country song.” And, of course, in typical Blake fashion, Blake gave his seal of approval, saying, “Gosh, dang, you did exactly what you said you’d do. It sounds like a hit song!”
Look for the Blake Shelton/Shakira duet on Shakira’s new album set for release on March 25th.