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Today, multi-award-winning artists Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani released their rendition of The Judds’ iconic ballad ‘Love Is Alive’. The track serves as the first single off of A Tribute to The Judds, the highly anticipated compilation record in celebration of the beloved duo’s 40th anniversary, to be released on October 27th on BMG.
Nearly 40 years since its original release on the best-selling album Why Not Me, and reproduced by Brent Maher, ‘Love Is Alive’ seamlessly intertwines the timeless production of the original track coupled with the soulful vocals of Shelton and Stefani. Mastering the combination of Pop and Country, the track infuses both artists’ signature sound while paying homage to the original song.
You can listen to ‘Love Is Alive’ HERE.
“I have always admired The Judds and I am so thrilled to be part of this album,” said Gwen Stefani. “’Love Is Alive’ is an iconic track and performing the song with Blake is a perfect way to honor their timeless discography.”
“The Judds are one of the greatest country acts of our lifetime. 80’s country music is my favorite decade, and I’ve been singing Judd songs for as long as I can remember,” said Blake Shelton. “‘Love Is Alive’ was on their first album, and we wanted to stick pretty close to the original version and Gwen just nails the vocal. We’re thrilled to be part of this tribute album.”
“What a treat it was to re-record this wonderful song written by Kent Robbins. All I can say about Gwen’s vocal is, it’s perfect, and Blake’s harmony parts are wonderful. I absolutely love how this recording turned out,” said Brent Maher. “I think we captured the original essence of the song with Don Potters acoustic part and Eddie Bayers groove. Richard Bennett’s Electric guitar and Bobby Ogdin’s Keyboards gave this track the fresh vibe we wanted. Glen Worf’s bass part sealed the deal.”
A Tribute to The Judds brings together the music industry’s biggest power players across genres revering the original music of The Judds into a powerful homage of their discography.
ABOUT BLAKE SHELTON:
As the genre’s chief ambassador, Blake Shelton has been delivering country music to a diverse audience for more than 20 years. With 28 #1 singles, 52 million singles and 13 million albums sold and nearly 11 Billion Global Streams, Shelton has received numerous awards, including six ACMs, three AMAs, ten CMAs, 11 CMTs and six People’s Choice, among many others. His “Back To The Honky Tonk” Tour recently wrapped to rave reviews and sold-out crowds that landed him on Billboard’s Top Tours of the year so far. As an original coach on the Emmy Award-winning television show The Voice, Shelton brought a steady diet of current and classic country music to the NBC primetime audience.
After 23 seasons and nine championships, he stepped away from the show in May. He and Carson Daly have teamed up to executive produce and star in the high-spirited, celebrity game show, Barmageddon. Hosted by Nikki Bella, the show airs on USA Network and premiered as the networks highest rated debut episode in more than three years. Season Two is set to air this fall. The Grand Ole Opry member also remains focused on his Ole Red partnership with Ryman Hospitality, with locations currently in Tishomingo, Nashville, Gatlinburg, and Orlando, they recently broke ground on a new venue in Las Vegas, which is slated to open late this year. A noted humanitarian, Shelton has helped raise millions of dollars for children’s hospitals, disaster relief organizations, food banks, the OK POP Museum and more in his home state of Oklahoma and throughout the entire country.
ABOUT GWEN STEFANI:
A three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Gwen Stefani has achieved global success as a songwriter, performer, charismatic frontwoman of No Doubt, and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Throughout it all, Stefani has remained a trend-setting music and fashion icon with an impressive array of honors – four MTV Video Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, an American Music Award, and a Brit Award. To date, she’s sold more than 60 million units worldwide, including her four-times platinum debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. – that delivered the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?” and the Pharrell Williams produced No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.” Her sophomore album, The Sweet Escape, featured the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single “Wind It Up” and the unforgettable anthem “The Sweet Escape.” Her critically praised latest album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and includes her powerful No. 1 single “Used To Love You.”
In 2020, Stefani had two No. 1 hits on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with husband Blake Shelton, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere.” Stefani released new song “True Babe” in June ahead of a series of major festival performances in for the U.K. and Europe this summer. Stefani also returns this September for her seventh season as a coach on the Emmy®-winning NBC series The Voice.
Before the music there was makeup. Stefani’s passion for makeup was integral in the launch of her beauty brand GXVE in early 2022 (pronounced ‘give’). Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and GXVEBeauty.com, the clean, high performance GXVE color cosmetics collection is inspired by Stefani’s iconic looks and created for the community of makeup lovers that find their inspiration, individuality and self-expression through artistry. One of pop culture’s most magnetic style icons, Stefani is one of the first artists to brilliantly merge music stardom into a series of global lifestyle brands including her fashion-forward clothing line, L.A.M.B., sister label Harajuku Lovers and her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani. Stefani continues to make giving back a focus in her life supporting a number of charities & Foundations including Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides medical treatment to children facing a number of life-threatening conditions.