Blake Shelton’s intense new single, “God’s Country,” was treated to an equally as intense music video, debuting today (4/12). The singer highlights the rough and tumble atmosphere of his home state of Oklahoma in the Sophie Muller-directed video clip.
“Well I can tell you one thing for damn sure, Oklahoma is God’s Country so that’s where we shot the music video for the song,” said Shelton in a press release. “We spent four days shooting there in and around Tishomingo, getting connected to the land, the environment and the spirit of the music. As I’ve said before, I was born in Oklahoma and I’ll be buried there and Sophie Muller, who’s a well-known video director, really captured the countryside in a stark and vivid way.”
The clip features Shelton out in Oklahoma, fighting through dust storms and rain, while intermixed with black-and-white clips of farmers in years past fighting the same elements. The song’s magnitude is kicked up with shots of Shelton walking past rattlesnakes, exploring the rough backwoods and sending an old rusted-out tractor up in flames.
“‘God’s Country’ is a song that has a strong and deeply meaningful lyric, but at the same time it leaves it up to the listener’s interpretation,” Shelton said previously of the track. “But no matter where you are from or where you’re standing it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s Country. It’s really about a state of mind. Wherever you’re from and how you feel about that place. For me it’s about being from Oklahoma – where I was born, raised and still live today.”
“God’s Country” has quickly become a fan and industry favorite. Shelton made the television debut of the song on the recent 2019 ACM Awards, earning a standing ovation from his musical peers and fans alike. Within days of its release, the Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy and Jordan Schmidt-penned song entered the Top 25 on the Billboard Country chart and earned more than 3.5 million on-demand streams.
Check out the video for “God’s Country” above.