"I'm really looking forward to seeing Dia playing in arenas and actually having a chance to get up in front of a lot of people night after night, to experience a tour that way and to see that it's not all beating your head against the pavement," the 'Drink on It' singer tells NBC. "She has earned this spot, and it's not that I'm just handing her this tour. She actually has developed a fan base out there, and it makes sense for people to see us together on tour. After seeing our music connection on 'The Voice,' I think it's a natural fit to bring her out on the road."
The reigning CMA Male Vocalist, who recorded a duet on Dia's new solo album, says he will insist on sharing the stage with her during his shows. "I can almost guarantee we'll perform together," Blake notes. "I'll make her whether she likes it or not."
The Oklahoma native admits he has high expectations for this year's contestants. "Last year set the bar incredibly high," he says. "You have four people who walked away from this show last year, who got major record deals. That's an eye-opener."
Blake's Well Lit & Amplified tour heads to Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky this month. See his complete tour schedule here.