Unapologetically Obsessed With Kelsea Ballerini’s New Album

Kelsea Ballerini did it again. Having such high expectations for her new album “Unapologetically,” and she fulfilled them. I’ve been very impatient after hearing her teasers she released a few months ago, and now that it’s finally here, I can say it’s the best lyrically written album I’ve heard this year.

Her album written as a storyline of her life is so unique and relatable to people, especially young women. We’re growing up with her from “Graveyard’ to Legends,” and that’s what makes it so special. From start to finish this album is pure gold and there ins’t a song that isn’t a hit.

She’s played some of her new songs on the road, but I’d have to say some of my favorites are the tracks that she saved for us to hear.

Starting with “Machine Heart, ” written by Kelsea, Greg Wells, and James Abrahart. This track is one of the pure songs for girls in their teens/twenties going through finding out who they are and realizing their heart isn’t something people can take advantage of. It’s about self actualization. Kelsea nailed the lyrics. There are too many lyrics I can pull out, pretty much the entire song, but the words that really stood out to me were:

“I kept it quiet
But now you’ll hear it scream
Cause good or bad or right or wrong
It’s finally found its beat”

Her emphasis when she sings the lyrics stands out. You don’t even need to be actually paying attention when you hear the song, because it’s striking enough to grab your attention right back to it when you hear it.

Ladies, “Get over Yourself” written by Kelsea, Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman is the sassy bop of the century. The amount of times I’ve replayed this song and felt like a badass is unhealthy.

“I didn’t miss a beat when I heard you were seeing, somebody else
And, I’m, over you thinking that every move that I’m making is just a game that I’m playing, because my heart is still breaking
Boy, I’m over you, I’m over you”

She unleashed her inner ego that every girl has been wanting/needing to hear. If you forced me to pick a favorite song from this album, this would be it.

“In Between” written by Kelsea, Jimmy Robbins, and Shane McAnally shows exactly what us college students are thinking. We’re all stuck in the middle of not knowing what we’re doing, but somehow Kelsea calmed it down for us in this melody. I think it’s a song us girls need to hear when we’re not exactly sure where our place is in life.

“I’m half head up in the clouds, half feet down on the ground
‘Cause it ain’t that simple
As an adult sittin’ on that page when they say, “Act your age“
But you’re stuck there in the middle”

Kelsea says “It captures as honestly as I could exactly where I’m at in my life right now,” and I think every girl can relate. It’s the last song she recorded for her album and one of her favorites.

Kelsea’s future is nothing but up from here. She is going to be the game-changer for women in country music, whether people like it or not. After dropping “Unapologetically,” she’s dangerous in the music industry. There’s not one song on this album that can’t break top 10 on the charts, take a listen for yourself.

 

Carly Pearce’s Album Release Party: Inside Every Little Thing

After hearing most of Carly Pearce’s album this Monday night, I don’t think the world is ready for her. After just signing to Big Machine Label Group in the past year, Carly’s single “Every Little Thing” breaking top 10 on country airplay this week is just the beginning for her.

Her compassionate and humble mindset bringing everyone that was involved in making her album on stage showed just how thankful she was for not only getting to make a record, but also for everyone who was a part of her journey.

Lucky for you, I’m going to give you a little taste of Carly’s new album Every Little Thing before it comes out on Oct 13.

I’m not going to show you EVERY little “thing” of the show (see what I did there),  but I am going to share some of my favorites that I think could go a long way. Not just on country airplay, but songs for girls to relate to.

She brought up Shane McAnally, who is an absolute genius in the songwriting industry. If you’re not familiar with him, he wrote “Body Like A Backroad,” sung by Sam Hunt, which is currently No. 1 on country airplay. Emily Shackelton, who has written songs for Cassadee Pope and Sara Evans. You can’t forget the one-and-only Hillary Lindsey who is a legend on music row, writing hits for Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town.

One of my first favorites was “Hide The Wine,” which Carly cut from Hillary Lindsey. This is the most throw-back country women’s 2000 song I’ve ever heard, and it could unquestionably go far up those charts. As we all know, Hillary Lindsey would not steer you wrong on any song that she writes, and this one for sure is a hit. Take a listen, and if you love wine, this is your song…. just saying.

This one, she wrote with Emily Shackelton, called “Careless,” is for sure a Carly Fierce song. This hard-core girl anthem is going places. It’s one song that every girl can probably get over her ex right after hearing this gem. I think every girl out there is trying to find a song to relate to in this category; Carly and Emily hit the target on these lyrics.

Next up I can’t tell if it’s one of my favorites because Carly’s voice sounds amazing with it, or that Shane was a part of writing it, or both…. definitely both. This one’s called “Feel Something.” Carly explained during the show that when she showed her mom the song, her mom said, “Omg cut it.” I’m glad she listened to her mom, because this one is special.

Do you feel too teased yet? I told you this album is going to be a game-changer. After all of the controversy over the years with women not getting the recognition and airplay time they deserve, I believe Carly will start a movement and her sales will go through the roof. Carly deserves all of this, seeing what she’s gone through the years to get here, and it’s heartening to see that everyone else is recognizing that too. Every Little Thing can and will be revolutionary for representing women in country music; you heard it here first.

If you haven’t pre-ordered Every Little Thing yet, I suggest you go and do that now. Let’s start supporting women in country music and giving them the acknowledgment they deserve.

Carly’s heading out on Brett Young’s CALIVILLE tour this fall; do you have your tickets yet?