Gwen Stefani is returning to her reggae and ska roots for the next season of The Voice. Stefani has chosen a Grammy-winning icon to serve as her celebrity advisor during the NBC singing competition.
Stefani told ET that she grew up admiring ska music, which was, at the time, super underground. [There were] a lot of English bands like Madness, The Specials, and The Selecter, which pushed me into reggae music. And then, its just crazy to think that all these years later, I am still a legend.
For this season of the competition, Sean Paul will join Stefani as a Battle Advisor. The pair collaborated earlier this year on Light My Fire, based on Pauls previous album Scorcha, which was released in May.
Battle Rounds are unique to the Voice format and occur once the coaches have set their teams after the blind auditions. Each coach and their celebrity advisor begin to mentor and develop their team.
The coach must choose two of their own team members to sing the same song together while the other will go to the next round. While the losing artist is available for other coaches to steal, each has two steals.
Two Reggae Souls
Stefani explained to ET that their hearts knew each other for a long time before they collaborated on Light My Fire.
Paul said of asking Stefani to be on his album, and the feelings are mutual.
Stefani knew she had to nominate Paul to be her Battle Advisor after collaborating on this song. I was like, Gosh, you know, I should get him to do [The Voice], that's what I should do, Stefani told ET.
Paul is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall legend who aided in the emergence of a dancehall pop genre in mainstream music in the 2000s. The genre is a hybrid of dancehall rhythms and western pop music.
At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Get Busy was also nominated for best Rap Song; Paul was heard on Beyonce's U.S. #1 single Baby Boy; and on Blu Cantrells Breathe.
Stefani has missed the last two seasons of The Voice, but is returning for the upcoming season. In season eight she was a part-time advisor, but she did not return to the Voice until season 17 for one season.
Stefani won her first-ever championship with Carter Rubin in season 19. This will be Stefanis first time coaching as a newlywed lady. Blake Shelton and The Voice co-star tied the knot last summer.
When the new season starts on Monday, September 19, Stefani and Paul will join a stellar cast of coaches and advisors.