Written by Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, and Blake Shelton
On his newest album, If I’m Honest, Blake Shelton diverts from the album’s generally synthesized sound to take a breather for a lovely gospel gem, which he wrote with Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall.
With prominent vocal support from Alexander and Randall more subtly in the background, along with a pleasant orchestral country arrangement (There’s a steel guitar!), “Savior’s Shadow” is a reverent hymn that celebrates the guiding support and protective presence of Jesus in Shelton’s tumultuous life: “Though the devil tried to break me,/ My sweet Jesus won’t forsake me./ When I’m in my savior’s shadow,/ I’m where I’m supposed to be.”
“Savior’s Shadow” is a sweet country gospel song that sounds as reverent as a legitimate gospel hymn. It’s sincere and the best song that Shelton has recorded in a decade, not to mention that it’s even perhaps one of the best songs of 2016.
Unfortunately, it has been promoted to Contemporary Christian radio rather than being trusted to be an official single for country radio. A song like this, however, is why it’s always wise to check out a Blake Shelton album, because there is always at least one diamond in the rough.