Kelsea Ballerini’s ‘Half Of My Hometown’ Music Video is a Touching Tribute to East Tennessee

This is Music Video of the Year-worthy.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 14, 2021

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Kelsea Ballerini pays homage to her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee in the just-released music video for her newest single, “Half Of My Hometown.” 

The personal clip gives fans a look at what may have happened if Ballerini stayed in her hometown instead of moving to Nashville to pursue her musical dreams. The cinematic clip opens with a young Ballerini saying “goodbye” to her friends as she makes her way to Nashville, however, the truck ends up getting unloaded and she moves back into her childhood home.

Personal home videos of Ballerini are also featured as the “what if” story unfolds before viewers’ eyes. 

The goosebump-inducing video is one of Ballerini’s best releases to date and will undoubtedly be a contender for Music Video of the Year at future award shows. 

“It feels very comfortable and easy to play because I think it’s a very realistic picture of what my life would be like had I stayed,” Ballerini shared in a statement. “It brings joy to my heart to know that I did leave and that I got to chase this dream and that I’m getting to come back and appreciate this life that I maybe could have had had I stayed.”

The track features guest vocals from Kenny Chesney, who doesn’t directly appear in the music video, however, Ballerini found a way to incorporate the fellow East Tennessee native into the music video. 

Click above to watch the story unfold. 

Chesney and Ballerini recently gave a stunning performance of “Half Of My Hometown” together on April 18 at the 56th ACM Awards. The track is featured on the Grammy-nominated artist’s latest album, kelsea.

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