Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Single, ‘Homecoming Queen’

The wait for new music from Kelsea Ballerini is almost over. The superstar has been teasing new music for months…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 3, 2019


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy the Artist

The wait for new music from Kelsea Ballerini is almost over.

The superstar has been teasing new music for months and finally shared details about it with fans during her #askkelsea Twitter chat on Tuesday evening (Sept. 3).

Questions for Ballerini poured in, with many of them focusing on her new material. She remained coy at first, only revealing that her new single will be released Thursday at midnight.

As the questions continued, she divulged even more details about the song. Admitting it’s her “most emotional” single to date, Ballerini shared that the song is about “zipping up the mess” and said her favorite lyric is “dancing with your best foot forward.”

Moments later, she shared that she co-wrote the song on February 21 of this year with Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins and that she cried when she heard it.

Ballerini finally gave up the title of the track later in the chat, revealing it to be “Homecoming Queen.” When a fan asked if she was ever homecoming queen in high school, Ballerini answered and added a bit more insight into the song.

“I definitely was not, haha,” she shared. “It’s a metaphor for somebody that seemingly has it all together and polished from the outside looking in.”

“Homecoming Queen” is the follow-up to Ballerini’s massive chart-topping hit, “Miss Me More,” and is the lead single from her much-anticipated third studio album. The new song and music video will be available beginning September 6.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.