Kelsea Ballerini on ‘Subject to Change,’ Kelly Clarkson, Carly Pearce Song

Kelsea Ballerini has vowed that she won’t do any collaborations on her new album. Ballerini, who featured Kenney Chesney on the 2020 song “Half of My Hometown” and the band LANY on the 2021 song “I Quit drink,” said: “The last couple of years, I’ve been hooked on songs. other people.”

She then wrote a song called “You’re Drunk, Go Home” and her promise to herself turned into a window. Ballerini told StyleCaster: “It was Honky Tonk’s sassy bop, and I couldn’t come up with the idea of ​​me and the other two girls,” Ballerini told StyleCaster: She immediately knew who she wanted in the song. : Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson. Ballerini said: “To sing with one of my country music peers and one of my heroes, it was a gift.

Ballerini first called Pearce, who said yes to the feature before she heard the song. “We are such friends,” Ballerini said. Then she texted Clarkson a demo of the track. By the end of the day, the song was almost done. “I texted her the demo in the morning and she was in the studio singing that night,” Ballerini said. “It was the craziest thing. In short, it’s Kelly Clarkson. She goes or dies. If she says she will do something, she will do it. I was terrified of her. As for if Clarkson and Pearce might make a surprise appearance on Ballerini’s nationwide Headfirst tour, which kicks off in New York City on September 24, she teased that she plans to make each The date becomes “special”. “I have 10 shows. I’m definitely trying to find a way to make each of the 10 special,” she said.

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“You’re Drunk, Go Home” is the 12th track from Ballerini’s fourth studio album, Can be changed. When I first started making records, I listened to the five and a half or two years of performances that I had. I try to figure out what the content is and what the topic is,” she said. “With this record. I listened to over 80 songs at the time. I realized that there was a lot of self-reflection, a lot of overlap, a lot of contrast, but also a lot of sense of settling. I love that theme because that’s definitely where I am as a 28-year-old woman, where I’m stepping into myself. I feel like I’ve finally grown up all of a sudden. I woke up like, ‘Oh my gosh. I am no longer a child. “The album’s title also reflects what Ballerini, like millions of people around the world, has been through after two tumultuous and unpredictable years. “You hear a lot about that self-perception on the resume. But then also admit that life goes by seasons,” Ballerini said. “We have all learned that lesson over the past few years. Everything is subject to change, but zooming in and appreciating what you have in the moment is a big lesson I’ve learned. “

Earlier, Ballerini talked to StyleCaster about how she came up with the title for Can be changedother titles that she considers and the song that she is most interested in at the moment.

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How did you come up with the title? Can be changed?

That’s when I sat listening to those 80 original songs, and I realized what the theme was. I wrote the title Can be changed on my phone, and I knew that was going to be the title of the record whether I wrote the song or not, but I was in a talk with Karen Fairchild and Alyssa Vanderheym, and I just said, ” Hey guys, I think this is the record title. Can we write it?” We discussed whether we make it really broad? Are we focused on reality? Is everyone facing change in the last few years?Or do we make it weirdly specific?We ended up being all this specific and it made me giggle because in two seconds I had brown hair because I felt like it.In those two seconds, we wrote “Object to change.” In the song and chorus, it’s like, ‘I haven’t decided yet. whether I will stay brown or not.’ And really, I decided not to stay brunette, and that’s just talking about the whole profile.

Are there any other titles you’ve considered?

I read each song lyrically. There’s a lyric in a song called “Walk in the Park” that says, “I’m always away from anything that changes a season.” I really like the title A season awaybut to me, it doesn’t encapsulate the whole thing.

How is this album different from your previous records?

I was told that this is my first adult album. I don’t shy away from talking like I’m talking in real life, you hear some of the lyrics sharper. You hear everything without too many filters. Another thing is that I really lean towards the influence of the 90s. I listen to Shaina Twain a lot. I also listened to Sixpence None the Richer and Sheryl Crow. The whole recording really comes from the music I grew up with.

Everything is subject to change, but magnifying and appreciating what you have in the moment has been a big lesson for me.

How was this your first record of coming of age?

I had this inner dialogue with myself for a while, ‘How do I still honor the girl who sang ‘Dibs’ and ‘Peter Pan? for those who have been with me on my journey since the beginning? But how do I also honor the nearly 29-year-old who is actively maturing? How to do both? I’ve realized over the past few years, the way I’ve done both is to be who I am now. I’m a combination of everything I’ve had since I was a little girl. The way I honor all of that is to be present as I am. That’s what has allowed me to have certain lines on this profile a bit sharper than what I’ve recorded on my previous profile.

Growing up has been a gradual process over the past few years. Having time to sit with myself and my thoughts during the pandemic, it was the first time I’ve been forced to slow down since I was 19. Just in that silence, I have so much to do. I wrote a book and that helped me process a lot of my big emotions. We did one album and then made another. In that awkward stillness, I finally understood myself and realized that I wasn’t 19 anymore.

You wrote a book of poems, Feel it your way, this early year. Are there any poems in the book that were made into songs on the album?

The only song that became a song was ‘The Little Things’. It’s one of my favorite poems in the book. I went in one session and I just read the poem. In the South, you’re raised to think that love is this fairy tale, you get married and it’s epic and you’ll go to Rome and fireworks will shoot off a building when you have your first kiss. I realized that love is not like that. Love is quiet times. My favorite thing about that song is that it honors the poem, but it’s also something that reminds me so much of my first album. When I listen to it again, it brings me back to ‘Love Me Like You Mean It.’

What song are you most proud of?

“Doin’ My Best.” This is the truth of it. I listened to the first 10 songs that we cut. I was on vacation in Mexico. I listened to it for the first time and I realized that a lot of songs that I am entering a character to memorize muscles. It’s like I’m playing a role. I love that and those songs are going to be fun to stream, but at the same time, I feel like I’m letting myself down, especially after writing the book, which doesn’t have the songs that are just centering. painfully real that no one questioned who. write it. I had my friend send me a piece of music. I sat by the beach with my AirPods listening to the music, and I made a voice memo with just one stream of consciousness saying: ‘Do your best’. That’s what you hear on the record.

What is the song you are most associated with at the moment?

“I have nothing.” It’s closer to the original album and demo. It’s the purest song because it’s like we recorded it. Messy guitar, single track vocals, one track mix. The recording, on purpose, starts with a song that’s a bit chaotic like some days I remember and everything in between is the journey. And it ends with, but what I have now means to me, that could change tomorrow and I accept that completely with open arms. Up to this point, my life is going on as usual.

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