Kelsea Ballerini’s New Album Features a Kenny Chesney Duet

As fans continue to countdown the days until the release of Kelsea Ballerini’s much-anticipated third studio album, the superstar is…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 28, 2020


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by ABC/Randy Holmes, Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp

As fans continue to countdown the days until the release of Kelsea Ballerini’s much-anticipated third studio album, the superstar is revealing more details about the project.

Late Thursday, Ballerini took to Instagram to share the full album track listing, surprising fans with two special guests: pop star Halsey and fellow country superstar Kenny Chesney.

Chesney lends his vocals to the album’s ninth track, “Half of My Hometown.” The inclusion of Chesney is definitely a surprise, but it makes total sense to feature him on a track about hometowns as Ballerini and Chesney both grew up in East Tennessee. In fact, Ballerini’s hometown of Knoxville is less than 30 minutes from Chesney’s native of Luttrell.

The singer/songwriter said that her new album, simply titled Kelsea, is her “favorite body of music yet.” Among the 13 tracks the album’s lead single, “Homecoming Queen,” as well as the previously released tracks “Club” and “LA.”

Kelsea drops March 20 and is available for pre-order now.

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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.