Country singer Blake Shelton says his relationship with Gwen Stefani has strengthened his faith.
According to CBN News, Shelton says he believes God brought them together. The couple have been dating since 2015.
"I believe in God now more than I ever have in my life," Shelton told The Tennessean. "The biggest part of that is just how [Gwen] came into my life and now our relationship. It's just too weird. If you take God out of it, it doesn't make sense. If you put God into it, everything that's happened with us makes sense."
Shelton attends church with Stefani and her three children, saying she has helped him “turn a page” in his life.
On his forthcoming album, “Fully Loaded: God’s Country,” Shelton sings about his faith, such as the song “Jesus Got a Tight Grip.” He co-wrote the song with Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Rhett Akins.
"Jesus got a tight grip on my soul and he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go,” he sings. “The devil reaches out but he can't grab hold because Jesus got a tight grip on my soul/ Might have a little rust on my halo/ But when I'm gone I know where I'll go."
For the album title track, “God’s Country,” Shelton says he knew he wanted to record the song from the first time he heard it.
"It was the most shocking moment I've had in my 20 years of doing this," Shelton said. "I was in a place that I consider to be God's country doing the thing that makes me feel the most connected to God, which is working on the land. I heard that song, and I had one of those moments that you hear people talk about … where they say they pulled over on the side of the highway and listened. I literally had that moment."
The song has been nominated for a Grammy Award. “Fully Loaded: God’s Country” releases Dec. 13.
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