The country singer, who released her self-titled album on Friday, had some surprises in store for some lucky fans as she celebrates her newest project from home.
“Like I said earlier, we’re getting a little creative with this album … drop,” says the 26-year-old star — referring to the prevalence of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic — in a new YouTube video.
The video clip shows several fans receiving copies of the new album — delivered by drone.
“Has anyone gotten anything that has just fallen out of the sky?” she asks.
Ballerini also sent an Instagram message to another fan: “You should be receiving a delicious delivery to your doorstep.”
“So I just got this delivered to the door,” says one fan as she opens a box of pizza. “Thank you so much Kelsea and your team for sending this!”
Ballerini opened up about kelsea in the latest issue of PEOPLE — even revealing that her song “Needy” is about husband Morgan Evans.
Apparently Kelsea Ballerini has a friend –– and a fan –– in Carrie Underwood! Underwood, who is self-quarantining with her family amid the coronavirus pandemic, recently spoke out on social media, praising Ballerini's just-released album, Kelsea, and revealing which her favorite track is on the new record.
"Now’ s a good time to listen to some new music," Underwood posted. "Today, I listened to the new [Kelsea Ballerini] album. Early favorite is DEFINITELY #HoleInTheBottle ! Cheers!"
Underwood's comments earned praise from Ballerini, who clearly loved the response from her musical hero.
"Carrie!!!" Ballerini said, retweeting Underwood's post. "Thank you for listening, this makes me so happy. Cheers right back!!!"
He might be one of the best guitar players in the world, but Brad Paisley admits he struggled with the guitar solo on Kelsea Ballerin's "Hole in the Bottle." The song is from Ballerini's just-released Kelsea album.
"Learning the solo from the song 'Hole in the Bottle' off her new album," Paisley captioned the video. "It's great. I suck. But go stream it now to hear it right. I'm gonna go practice." Ballerini also commented on the video, saying, "When guitar hero, legend country artist, and newfound friend [Brad Paisley] learns the 'hole in the bottle' guitar solo.... saga Volume 1."
"Hole in the Bottle" is also a favorite of Paisley's –– and now Ballerini's –– good friend, Carrie Underwood. Underwood posted about listening to the entire Kelsea album while quarantined with her family, revealing that "Hole in the Bottle" was her favorite as well.
Kelsea Ballerini Strips Down Her Heartfelt New Song, 'Love Me Like A Girl' A few days following the release of her new self-titled album, Kelsea Ballerini dropped an acoustic rendition of an early fan-favorite called "Love Me Like A Girl."
The song find Ballerini singing of someone who wishes to be listened to as opposed to "fixed," and loved in a sensitive way. "I know you don't mean to be insensitive / And I know you're never tryin' to brush me off / The truth is, me and you, we're wired different / So it makes sense sometimes we get crossed," Ballerini sings. "So when I'm crying (Crying) / Baby, pour some red / When you wanna kiss it better (Yeah) / Listen instead."
"Love Me Like A Girl" is one of 13 new songs included on Kelsea. In a recent interview with iHeartRadio, Ballerini opened up about the album's theme and how songs like this were a part of a self-discovery process.
"The album, even all the bops of the album, they have a lot of heart, truth and self-discovery in them," Ballerini explained. "So it felt like the album that kind of put me on a first name basis with whoever listens to it."
She continues, "I love this album. I'm so excited to bring it on the road, I'm so excited to play it, I'm so excited to talk about it for two years. It's something that isn't fear-based for me, it's just really honest, real and me."
When Kelsea Ballerini was designing the merchandise to accompany her third album, Kelsea, she wanted one item in particular: sweatpants.
Not crop tops, not koozies, not a special-edition pop socket, but sweatpants. The whole idea just rings differently now, as much of America and the world at large shelter in place, trading work attire for anything with a drawstring. Ballerini was supposed to be traveling for 21 straight days to promote Kelsea, doing the standard stops at talk shows and radio stations, and orchestrating surprises across the country. Instead, she ended up at home in her downtown Nashville apartment, “dropping” the album to a few fans via a safe, social distance-acceptable drone. It’s not exactly The Tonight Show, but it’s an approach that makes sense for an album that’s about, in part, finding the comfort in just simply being at home.
“Isn’t that ironic,” Ballerini tells Rolling Stone Country. “I’m not going to lie, I had a few days of just being flat disappointed and pacing my floors trying to find a way around something there is no way around. However, the more I zoom out, the more I realize that this is a time where people want and need music more than ever.”
Obviously, Ballerini can’t play shows (tour dates are in flux), so she’s been doing other things to get the album off the ground and heard in a complicated landscape. In addition to those unconventional drone drops, which she and her team planned spur-of-the-moment right before release day, she’s started a TikTok, gone live on Instagram, and even done a quarantine-friendly workout with her trainer, in those special Ballerini-branded sweatpants — which boast the lyrics to her song “Club,” about how the allure of the nightlife fades with age but the insecurities linger. “I don’t want to go to the club,” the sweatpants say in white lettering. That’s even a little prophetic, too, as all nightlife in Nashville has been shuttered: She couldn’t go if she wanted to.