As a coach on “The Voice”, its one of Blake Shelton’s most important jobs to help his contestants pick the songs that’ll win the episode and blow everyone away. And even though he’s damn good at it, he has to fight the suits who think they know better.
He talked about it in an interview with “The Tennessean”. For example, in Season Four he was advising Danielle Bradberyto pick classic country songs, but he had to go toe-to-toe and fight with the producers for the song since they were pushing for mainstream hits.
Quote, “I was saying, ‘I hate to tell ya this, but there’s a big piece of ground between L.A. and New York City, full of people that know these songs.’ These were songs I never thought would’ve been so much of a challenge to get on prime-time television.”
Blake got his “I told you so” moment though when Danielle Bradbery won the entire season. He also made it clear in the interview that he doesn’t push country songs on the artists, just because. He only suggests stuff he thinks will help them do well. “If I can have one little blip on the radar of keeping country music in the mainstream, then nothing could make me more proud.”