When Shakira had the idea for her country song, she decided to call on her ‘The Voice’ friend and mentor, Blake Shelton. She told him she wanted to escape L.A. and work with people in Music City.
“I told him I wanted to work with Nashville people,” Shakira tells Billboard Magazine. ”I was a little tired of L.A. I wanted people with another point of view, real people with roots with whom I feel comfortable working in the same room. And I told Blake I wanted to do a song that had the narrative of a country song, that was picturesque, that was a real song. But it also needed to suit me, because after all, I’m Colombian.”
Shakira enlisted some people who have previously worked with Carrie Underwood. She joined forces with writer Hillary Lindsey and producer Mark Bright before sending the song to Shelton for approval.
“I think she did a hell of a job,” Shelton says. “One thing is for someone like her to say she’s going to do something and another is to do it. And I’ll be damned, a month and a half ago she wrote me and said, ‘I wrote the song, and I want you to tell me what you think.’ And I said, ‘Gosh dang, you did exactly what you said you’d do. It sounds like a hit song.’
The country-pop tune called ‘Medicine’ will be featured on Shakira's upcoming album, set set for release on March 25th.
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