In between a gruelling touring schedule and adapting to the newlywed life, Kelsea Ballerini has somehow found the time to write and record a new album. Ahead of her Australian visit for the Country To Country Festival with Tim McGraw and Midland later this month, Ballerini has an intimate new song to share with her fans to welcome them to this new musical era.
Stripping everything back to her roots, ‘Homecoming Queen?’ is a vulnerable moment that shares a piece of her heart to listeners. With a similar production to ‘Peter Pan’ she allows the storytelling to take centre stage. Reflecting on the pressures and unrealistic expectations young people put on themselves to be “perfect”, “popular” and “beautiful”, she gives a very heartfelt correlation to her life. With the accompanying music video showing a contrast to her stage life she admits that there are times these self doubts and analysations still affect her deeply.
It’s one of the sad parts of being human. We put such a heavy pressure on each other to be perfect and to be the best versions of ourselves that we lose our authenticity along the way. So she dives into the fact that everyone is hurting, even the people that seemingly have everything put together and have the “perfect” life. “Hey homecoming Queen. Why do you lie. When somebody’s mean where do you hide? Do people assume you’re always alright? Been so good at smiling most of your life”. At the end of the day we are all human. We all hurt and that’s okay.
Creating an empowering moment during the chorus she encourages people to embrace their vulnerability, embrace their authenticity and show everyone their true selves. “But what if I told you the world wouldn’t end if you started showing what’s under your skin. What if you let them all in on the lie? Even the homecoming Queen cries”.
It’s a very touching and simple track that embodies a lot of heart and soul and is a great re-introduction to who she is as an artist because behind all the sassy songs like ‘Miss Me More’ and the loved up tracks like ‘Unapologetically’ in her discography there are raw songs like these.
Country To Country Australian Tour Dates
Saturday 28 September – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Sunday 29 September – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane