With the release of “Purple Irises,” Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton want us to know that they aren’t done with collaborating.
The wholesome married couple, who exchanged vows in the summer of 2021, appear to be the perfect match in more ways than one. Teaming up professionally for the first time in 2016 for Shelton’s album If I’m Honest on the track “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” the duo have gone on to create some major hits. In addition to their festive single, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” which re-appears every Christmas season, Stefani and Shelton struck gold with the singles “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere.” Or should we say platinum, giving their certifications?
Following their cover of The Judds’ song “Love Is Alive,” released last summer, “Purple Irises” serves as Stefani and Shelton’s sixth collaboration. This time, they arrive with a country-pop anthem perfect for a road trip. Windows down, singing on the top of your lungs kind of vibe.
“But if someone comes along and tries to love you like I love you / Don’t know what I’d do, don’t wanna lose you / If someone comes along and tries to take you, tries to make you,” they both sing during the chorus.
“Don’t let ’em change your mind / Wonder why you took a risk / On a broken hеart you cannot fix / No, I never knew a lovе like this / Now I’m picking purple irises.”
“Purple Irises” was produced by Scott Hendricks and co-written by Stefani with Svante Halldin, Jakob Hazell, and Niko Rubio, who all wrote on Stefani’s 2023 single “True Babe.”
With a TikTok Super Bowl concert lined up for February 11th, Stefani is set to perform “Purple Irises” for the first time at the event.
It is unknown whether this collaboration will feature on Stefani’s upcoming studio album. Last month, the “Hollaback Girl” chart-topper surprised fans when she and her No Doubt band members, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young, announced they would be reuniting for this year’s 2024 Coachella festival.