All of us at Beacon Street Online would like to wish and congratulate Gwen on the first annual release of This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Her third and debatably most honest album to-date was released on this day last year and spawned her most recent singles “Used To Love You”, “Make Me Like You” and “Misery”. Truth made history and was Gwen’s first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts selling close to 84,000 copies in it’s first week.
After scrapping ideas and songs she had written previously for her third album, Gwen started from scratch and found inspiration in her unfortunate and surprising separation from her ex-husband. She began writing little things on her own from time to time and was paired again with unfamiliar faces in the studio in early 2015. She notably met with Lana Del Rey songwriter Rick Nowels and he had her sit down at the piano and start back at the basics. She felt uncomfortable trying to explain the emotions she was going through in her personal life but found that songwriting came easy for the first time in a long while. She shared that after their first song “You Don’t Know Me” came together, songs started flowing naturally and she found her confidence in herself and her ability to write coming back.
In June 2015, Gwen was scheduled to meet with Semi Precious Weapons lead singer Justin Tranter, hit producer J.R. Rotem, and Grammy-Nominated songwriter Raja Kumari by her new A&R manager. Before getting to work, Gwen expressed to the team that she had no intentions of writing hits and wanted to focus on material that expressed nothing but truth and honesty. After hearing each other out, The Breakfast Club (which Gwen called the group) wrote their first song together titled “Red Flag” which Gwen calls “a work of art” and a true collaboration. Everyone was able to feed off of Gwen’s inspiration and energy and the team continued to write more and more songs together.
Gwen continued writing into January 2016 and a change in her mood and songwriting was turning for the happier which was reflective of her now-public relationship with Blake Shelton. In an interview with InStyle, Gwen call the album, “an amazing moment for me. I’ve written most of the songs for this album during a tragedy that I turned into a joyful time. It will very much be like looking into my journal when you listen to it.”
This Is What the Truth Feels Like was a mild success around the world and debuted at the #3 spot on the Global Album Chart. Gwen promoted her album on several high-profile with live performances on SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and The Voice. She then embarked on a North American summer tour with Eve ending in a hometown stint with two closing and final shows at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater last October.
We went all out with the release of Tour and shared our first official reviews of both the album and summer tour. We also held our first round of Battle of the Songs where fans ranked their favorite tracks from the album which had “Rare” coming out on top. Fans really seemed to connect with Gwen’s album and appreciated her honesty throughout the era in interviews and her lyrics.