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Blake Shelton Debuts ‘Footloose’ Cover

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The already star-studded ‘Footloose’ movie soundtrack got a little more country when Blake Shelton announced he recorded the movie’s title track, and now fans can hear his version of the song. The soundtrack to the film — which opens on October 14 — already included songs by Zac Brown, Gretchen Wilson and Big and Rich.

The ‘God Gave Me You’ singer admits he wasn’t the producer’s first choice to sing the song Kenny Loggins first made famous. He tells The Boot he was approached while finishing up his new album ‘Red River Blue,’ and said the only way he could squeeze it into his schedule is if they let him sing ‘Footloose.’ Originally, they wanted a female to sing the movie’s iconic song.

“So they threw out ideas for some other songs for me, but I finally just campaigned enough and whined about it enough that they said, ‘Why don’t you cut it, and just let them hear your version?’” Shelton says. “So I cut it, gave it to them and they wanted to go with mine. I really lucked out.”

Shelton had no intentions of taking creative liberties with the original. “When I open my mouth, what comes out is country,” he says. “It was going to sound country no matter what, but I didn’t want it to be too different. There are two ways to bring back a song: one is to try to make it your own, and in this instance, you have to remove yourself from it and step into the role of what’s best for the movie and that particular scene. There’s really only one way to approach it when you think of it that way: a fun, uptempo, catchy version just like Kenny Loggins did.”

‘Footloose’ stars Kenny Wormald in the role made famous by Kevin Bacon. Julianne Hough also stars in the film, which is about a boy from the big city moving to a town that outlaws dancing.

Listen to Blake Shelton’s ‘Footloose’

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