Fox recently caught up with country star Kelsea Ballerini at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she was rehearsing her current catchy hit, “Yeah Boy.”
She shared the story behind another song she’s been performing out on the road called “High School.”
“It’s a song that I wrote by myself a week after my record was done, and I was devastated I couldn’t put it on it. So, I just started to play it as much as I could like at writer’s rounds or guitar pulls, and I think it shows more of me as a songwriter, which is really important to me. So, it’s kind-of fun to do ‘Yeah Boy,’ all bright and sparkly, then strip it down with ‘High school,’ which is the side I want to introduce with this new music.”
As she focuses on new music, she admits there is a lot of pressure put on a sophomore album.
“There’s so much pressure on a second album. Everyone says first song off second album is so important, and it crippled me a bit because I was so nervous to put out anything new, and then I was like, ‘I just want to put out something that I’m proud of.’ And that way, if it works, I can stand by it and then if not, I can stand by that.”
When it comes to what’s inspiring this next group of songs, her recent engagement to singer-songwriter Morgan Evans makes the cut.
“This next record will capture the past two years of my life. That is a big break-up, it’s growing up a little bit. I’m 23, so I’m still discovering what it’s like to be a young woman, especially in this world. It’s going to capture insecurities, but different ones than the first album. Then, yeah, meeting Morgan, and it ends on that note. It covers all that.”
As she looks ahead, she’s also setting some big touring goals.
“Man, I have been on the road with Thomas Rhett this year and getting to watch him sell out these arenas and do what he does has been so inspiring, and I want to do that as soon as I can. I’m like, ‘Thomas Rhett, I want to be you when I grow up.’”