Blake Shelton Celebrates ‘Honey Bee’ With Famous Friends in Nashville
Last Thursday Blake Shelton threw a party at his record label headquarters in Nashville to celebrate his ninth career chart-topping single, 'Honey Bee.' On hand for the festivities were some of Shelton's closest friends and peers, including the song's two writers, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip.
Akins and Hayslip, two-thirds of Nashville's hottest writing trio the Peach Pickers, penned the light-hearted love song months ago, and realized it was right up Shelton's alley by the time they reached the chorus. Shelton recorded the song for his sixth studio album, 'Red River Blue,' and released it as the album's lead single. The tune spent an impressive four weeks atop of the country singles chart, making it a signature song for the singer and the biggest song penned by Akins and Hayslip.
"I felt like God put this all together for us," Akins, who has scored a total of six cuts by Shelton, told Taste of Country at the party. "We weren't planning on writing that song ... He just sent it down to us with a big bow on it and said, 'See what y'all can do with that!' It's a miracle. Me and Ben have had No. 1 songs that we've written before. Why this one [was so huge], I don't know. God put all the pieces together for it to work out."
Among Akins and Hayslips many cuts over the years are Shelton's No. 1 hit 'All About Tonight,' which they wrote with the third Peach Picker, Dallas Davidson. "This is my third summer in a row with a Blake single," says Hayslip, who also co-wrote Shelton's 2009 hit 'I'll Just Hold On.'
As partygoers enjoyed the honey-themed food, Akins, Hayslip and Shelton worked the room, mingling with those who took time out of their day to support their recent success. Famous faces in attendance included David Lee Murphy, Akins' 21-year-old singer-songwriter son Thomas Rhett, and Patrick Thomas, Casey Weston and Jeff Jenkins, of Team Blake and Team Adam on NBC's 'The Voice.'
"I like to get trophies and prizes and things," Shelton joked prior to the handing out of the plaques. "This isn't a [party] that anyone needs to skip out on. This [song] is a big deal."
Shelton debuted 'Honey Bee' in April during his performance at the ACM Awards. Within 12 weeks, the single was certified platinum, and it topped the charts three months later. The latest No. 1 for Shelton marks his fourth in the past 15 months.
"I knew it was a hit when I heard it," Shelton noted. "It’s just so catchy and so fun. There was no downside to that song. I’ve never had a song that had [this] kind of impact. Who would have though that my signature song would happen 10 years into my career?"
Shelton's current single, 'God Gave Me You,' is quickly making its way up the charts and is on pace for becoming the singer's next No. 1 hit of his career.