Eric Church Makes Waves with Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert in Rolling Stone Interview
Country singer Eric Church caused some waves with fellow country stars (and husband and wife) Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
In a profanity-laced interview with the magazine, Church first seemed upset about Shelton’s position as a judge on the Fox reality singing competition, “The Voice.”
After calling the show “‘American Idol’ gone mad,” he mentioned Shelton by name.
“Honestly, if [“the Voice” coaches] Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f**king turn around in a red chair, you get a deal?” the singer told Rolling Stone. “That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.”
As he continued, he seemed to still be taking swings at Shelton.
“If I was concerned about my legacy, there’s no f**king way I would ever sit there [and be a reality-show judge],” he added. “Once your career becomes something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I f**king starve.”
Lambert was the first to address the situation as she took to her Twitter account. Lambert first received widespread recognition after she appeared on the reality television show “Nashville Star” in 2003.
“Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your [sic] welcome for the tour in 2010,” she tweeted.
Shelton’s response was also on Twitter, but he had less to say than Lambert.
“I wish I misunderstood this,” he said.
After his interview was published, Church released a statement through his publicist addressing the issue yesterday.
“The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves,” he said in the statement. “I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish…. I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on the issue.”