Kelsea Ballerini Says Fans Can Expect ‘All The Things’ On Her New Album

After months of teasing new music, Kelsea Ballerini finally gave fans a taste of what she’s been working on in…

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 25, 2019

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After months of teasing new music, Kelsea Ballerini finally gave fans a taste of what she’s been working on in the studio with the release of her emotional new single, “homecoming queen?” earlier this month.

With its vulnerable lyrics and minimal production, “homecoming queen?” is more traditional leaning than the rest of Ballerini’s catalog. So can fans expect more of that sound on her upcoming album? In a recent interview with Music Week, the Tennessee native addressed just that, revealing that fans can expect “all the things” on her third studio album.

“So far on this record, there’s just a lot going on. I mean, ‘homecoming queen?’ [is] a tell of that, there’s a lot more country. There’s also a lot more country pop,” she explained. “We have a song with horns, we have a song with a string quartet. We have two collaborations.”

The new album, which she says is slated to release in the Spring of 2020, will be quite a bit different and her previous body of work.

Unapologetically was a concept record – top to bottom, if you listened to it, it told a story. This is opposite of that,” she revealed. “It’s quite liberating – this one’s just like, ‘Here you go, try and figure this out!’”

With 10 songs already making the cut for the record, Ballerini has her sights set on adding at least two more to the mix before wrapping up production.

“The first 10 songs are the ones that are singles or that feel mainstream and good for radio,” she said. “I want to get those all mixed and mastered and then be like, ‘OK, I want to do a weird song and a song that is going to crush live but will never be a radio single. I can play with the rest of it!”

Kelsea Ballerini is currently in Australia where she is scheduled to perform at the Country to Country Festival.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.