LISTEN: Kelsea Ballerini Puts Her ‘Heartfirst’ On Breezy New Single

This is the beginning of a new era for Kelsea Ballerini.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 8, 2022

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Kelsea Ballerini’s new single, “Heartfirst,” has arrived, and it’s exactly the opposite of her chart-topping single, “Half Of My Hometown,” but not in a bad way. 

Days ahead of the “Heartfirst” release, Ballerini called the song a “bop” and teased that she’s bringing all the “breezy” vibes with her new tune during an interview with E! News Online before the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. 

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Getty Images for ACM

Ballerini more than delivered on her promise as “Heartfirst” combines ‘90s country elements with a pop-country melody, making for a radio-ready hit. 

The lyrics recount an unexpected meeting that leaves Ballerini feeling head over heels. While she admits it could ultimately be a short-lived romance, she decides to dive in “Heartfirst” to see what happens.  

“Could be forever or we might break/ That’s just the/ kind of risk that we take/ My head is yelling that I could get hurt/ But I’m gonna jump right in/ Baby, with my heartfirst,” the East Tennessee native sings on the chorus. 

“It’s all about just following your heart (and) trusting your gut,” Ballerini explained. “I really believe that nothing great happens in life unless you take the risk and you take a leap of faith, and that’s what this whole song is about.”

Ballerini co-wrote “Heartfirst” with Karen Fairchild and Alysa Vanderheym.

“We were all just talking about music that we’re inspired by right now, and wanting to write something upbeat, warm and free-feeling, and just being people who follow our gut and lead with our heart, and this is what we came up with,” she recalled of the day they wrote the song. 

“Heartfirst” marks the first new music from Kelsea Ballerini in 2022. She is set to debut the song during the 2022 CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11. The award-winning singer/songwriter is also set to co-host the show alongside actor Anthony Mackie. 

The 2022 CMT Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from Nashville on Monday, April 11th (8:00-11:00 PM LIVE ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and is available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

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