Blake Shelton. It was released to radio on August 3, 2015 as the
fourth single from his ninth studio album, Bringing Back the
Sunshine. The song was written by Luke Laird and Craig
Co-writers Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman , who previously wrote
Shelton's 2009 single " Hillbilly Bone ", told Nash Country Weekly
magazine that they did not have a song idea when they met
during a songwriting session. Laird began beatboxing , providing
Wiseman with a "structure" to which he began adding lyrics.
Laird said that "We just wanted to write something that was fun
for us to play", while praising Wiseman's "quirky lyrics".
Thematically, the song is about a man professing his intent to
start a relationship with a woman, basing the hook around the
word "gonna". Nash Country Weekly described the song as a "mid-
tempo with a slight reggae influence" plus "a faint vocal beatbox"
and "a simple, memorable lead guitar riff that plays again before
Country music blog Taste of Country reviewed the song positively,
saying that "“Gonna” is a song built for radio success. Lyrics fill
every breath, breathing energy into every note. If fans didn’t love
the risks Shelton took on previous singles from this album, they’ll
enjoy this return to Country Main St." Nash Country Weekly
writer Jon Freeman rated the single "B", saying that "It may not
be a master's thesis in songwriting, but 'Gonna' works perfectly
well as harmless summer fun goes."
"Gonna" debuted at number 59 on the Billboard Country Airplay
chart for the week ending August 8, 2015. It also debuted at
number 48 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the
week ending August 15, 2015. It debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 86
on the October 3, 2015 chart. It topped the Country Airplay for
chart dated December 26, 2015, making it his 16th consecutive
No. 1 on the chart. It reached No. 4 on the Hot Country Songs
chart, and No. 54 on the Hot 100. It has sold 200,000 copies in
the US as of January 2016.
It debuted at number 40 on the Canada Country chart for the
week ending August 22, 2015. It became his 21st number one
single on the week ending November 21, 2015 when it lead the
Canadian Country chart.