Two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum songstress Kelsea Ballerini is set to debut her new album ballerini (Black River Entertainment). The album is the follow up and second half of the story to the singer’s March 2020 album release, kelsea. That collection, which presented the arena ready pop-country sound which Kelsea has established tailor made for live shows, was released the week the world shut down in March. While under quarantine, Kelsea carefully deconstructed each song and re-recorded everything with minimal accompaniment and co-producing this new album. Highlighting the eloquent songcraft, the vivid storytelling and the heartfelt delivery of the thirteen tracks, Kelsea shows yet another side of herself with this reimagined take on the entire album. The delicate sonics highlight the lyrical power of the record as she has stripped all of the songs down to the bare essentials. The first song off the new album, “club (ballerini album version),” is out today.
Of the album Kelsea Ballerini said: “kelsea is glitter: bold and effervescent and dreams that are boundless. She’s who I want to be. While ballerini is emotional, vulnerable, soft: observes her surroundings and chooses her words carefully. She’s who I am. The album ballerini is the result of the wonder and gets down to the heart of it. Introducing ballerini…the other side of the same story.”
Listen to “club (ballerini album version)” HERE
Preorder ballerini HERE
The announcement of ballerini, follows on the heels of Kelsea’s ACM nomination for “Female Vocalist Of The Year,” as well as the release of the new music video for her single “hole in the bottle, which is currently climbing the Country charts. The video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Halsey, Doja Cat). Kelsea is set to perform of the upcoming ACM Awards airing on CBS on September 16th and will also be performing on The Late Late Show with James Corden on September 14th in conjunction with the release of the album.
See the complete tracklist for ballerini below:
1. overshare (ballerini album version)
2. club (ballerini album version)
3. homecoming queen? (ballerini album version)
4. the other girl (ballerini album version)
5. love me like a girl (ballerini album version)
6. love and hate (ballerini album version)
7. bragger (ballerini album version)
8. hole in the bottle (ballerini album version)
9. half of my hometown (ballerini album version)
10. the way i used to (ballerini album version)
11. needy (ballerini album version)
12. a country song (ballerini album version)
13. la (ballerini album version)
ABOUT KELSEA BALLERINI
Kelsea Ballerini has consistently made history, becoming the only female country artist to hit number one with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album, attainting her fifth number one in four years with the platinum “Miss Me More.” Her debut and sophomore albums were both certified gold, and she has a career total of nine gold and platinum singles certifications and total streams exceeding 2 billion to date. Additionally, she was welcomed as the Grand Ole Opry’s youngest current member. Her critically acclaimed sophomore album Unapologetically (Black River Entertainment) marked her second Top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 200. Ballerini has garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations, won two ACM Awards, and took home the iHeartRadio Music Awards honor for “Best New Artist.” In 2019, Ballerini received a CMA nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and an American Music Award nomination for “Female Artist Country.” Most recently, she received an ACM nomination for “Female Artist of the Year.” In addition to touring alongside everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Keith Urban, she ascended to the status of arena headliner with her 2019 the Miss Me More Tour.
This all paved the way for Kelsea’s self-titled third full-length album, which was released on March 20, 2020. Her most personal effort yet, the album was met with critical praise including by NPR who said, “Kelsea Ballerini is definitely one of the most influential women in country right now… she’s defining the sound of the genre.” The debut single from the album, “homecoming queen?”, recently was certified platinum, marking her fastest single to achieve this milestone yet.