Kelsea Ballerini has finally revealed that she will be joining forces with Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson on her unreleased track, “You’re Drunk, Go Home.”
The singer previously teased the highly-anticipated collab with a photo of her and one other artist, who fans assumed to be Pearce. Although her listeners were feeling pretty confident in their guess, they didn’t expect a second artist to join the picture.
Ballerini broke the news via social media late Thursday (Sept. 8) in a video that first revealed a photo of her and Pearce in the midst of a recording session together.
“So, y’all have been asking for months now if there’s a collab on the album, and I’ve hinted that there is, and I did post a little sneaky picture — and you guys are spies. You did guess that it is indeed my girl Carly Pearce.”
Then, she dropped the bomb when she said, “but but but, friends, I did fool you because it is not just Carly Pearce, we have a trio.”
Transitioning to another video, Kelly Clarkson stepped into the frame with Ballerini, completing the surprise trio. “Y’all, It’s Kelly Clarkson.”
Ballerini shared the video on Twitter with a caption that read, “A sassbomb yeehaw collab moment?!? YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME with my sister Carly Pearce and hero sister, Kelly Clarkson. Available 9/23 can I get a yeeeeehaw?”
The new song will be featured on her upcoming album, Subject To Change, along with her recent releases, “The Little Things,” “What I Have,” “Love Is A Cowboy” and the leading track, “Heartfirst.”
In a previous Q&A posted on her Instagram story, Ballerini shared a text message exchange between two mystery artists with their names crossed out, who are now known to be Pearce and Clarkson.
In the text, Kelsea Ballerini wrote that she’s “finishing up my record and have a song that I wanted to turn into a sassbomb female moment and just have to ask you if you would be a part of it. it’s country as sh*t and I’ve also asked (another unnamed artist) to be on it, so it would be a little trio. let me know what you think?!”
The mystery artist responded, “I love it! Love (the other artist) as well! Also, ‘country as sh*t’ is my favorite kind of country music ha! I’m in.”
The upcoming project will feature a ‘90s-inspired tracklist that showcases Ballerini’s journey to becoming a country artist and the growth she experienced in the process.
“I’ve been searching somewhere between the broadness of the universe and the simplicity in the little things, reflecting through wiser perspectives, leaning with body weight into matters of the heart, and finding blissful acceptance in the inner cracks I once cursed that now let the light in to grow taller within myself,” she shared in a previous social media post. “This is a season of becoming, healing, loving, dancing, and feeling. And like everything, it is subject to change.”
The full-length project will serve as the follow-up to 2020’s kelsea, which produced hits such as “Half of My Hometown” featuring Kenny Chesney, “Hole in the Bottle,” and “Homecoming Queen.”
Kelsea Ballerini will release her new song along with the 15-track album, Subject To Change, on Sept. 23.
The following day, she will embark on her Heartfirst Tour for 10 nights only. The show will kick off in New York, NY and continue through October.
Subject To Change is available for pre-order/pre-save/pre-add HERE.