Gwen Stefani has been promoting her new holiday album You Make It Feel Like Christmas, and she can’t stop talking about her boyfriend Blake Shelton and his influence on the record. The couple wrote and recorded the title song together; and according to the singer, “Everyday is Christmas,” because she is with the “Sexiest Man Alive.”
While talking with Extra, the Used To Love You singer revealed that the direction of her Christmas album inspired Shelton.
“He was just excited because he loves Christmas so much and loves Christmas music so much, we both do. Randomly, we didn’t know that about each other — it just happens that we do,” said Stefani.
She added that it was Shelton’s “brilliant” idea to write and title their duet, You Make It Feel Like Christmas for the holiday album that she dreamed about recording for years. She says that if you write a good Christmas song, it will be on the planet forever.
The mom of three told Entertainment Tonight that her dream is for her holiday album to be as big as Mariah Carey’s 1994 smash Merry Christmas, which introduced the modern classic All I Want For Christmas Is You.
In addition to her duet with the country superstar, the album includes the other original songs My Gift Is You, When I Was a Little Girl, Under the Christmas Lights, Never Kissed Anyone with Blue Eyes Before, and Christmas Eve.
Gwen Stefani says that instead of focusing on a certain moment in time, she wanted to create songs that she could return to year after year. She claims that if she got it right, the record will be around for a long time.
Stefani also recorded classic tracks for the album, including White Christmas, Santa Baby, and Silent Night, and she revealed that for her, the covers were the hardest part of the record.
Shelton and Stefani will be spending Christmas together, along with her three boys Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo. They are going to start with a pre-Christmas celebration at Shelton’s ranch in Oklahoma, and then spend the actual holiday at her home in California.
When People Magazine hinted that Shelton would be named this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” Gwen Stefani reacted by saying that they got it right and she really scored. She went on to say that Blake’s new title makes her look good!