Kelsea Ballerini | Rob + Holly

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Kelsea Ballerini is readying to release her fifth studio album, Subject To Change, and anticipation is at an all-time high.

Ahead of the album’s September 23 release, Kelsea sat down with Audacy’s Rob + Holly to chat all about the ‘90s-inspired project, the inspiration behind it and the tea surrounding what’s sure to be the most talked about song.

“It’s such an interesting feeling to put a record out,” Kelsea said of the albums approaching release date. “It’s such a mix of an exhale and also feeling an intense amount of nerves of just, ‘Oh, it’s not mine anymore.’ I hope people like it.”

Inspired by ‘90s Country and some of her biggest idols like, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Trisha Yearwood, Ballerini says fans can expect her most “upbeat and breezy” album yet. While the sounds may be light and airy, the 29-year-old makes sure to clarify it still has depth.

“With a title like that, I really wanted to dive into the growth of my last couple of years of life,” she said. “It’s the most upbeat, breezy sounding record I’ve ever gotten to put out, or that I’ve ever made, but I think there’s more meat on the bones than ever before too.”

Kelsea continued on to chat about a song she knows will be “talked about” titled, “Doin’ My Best.” While she didn’t give much context to the song's exact topic, she revealed it references Pop star Halsey, and by he sounds of it, some tea is about to be spilled.

“It is not meant to be a shady lyric,“ Kelsea said openly. “It’s the idea of taking ownership of my cringe. I wanted to acknowledge all of the things that people have watched happen in my life and just go, ‘Yup. Here’s the messiness, I’m owning it, I’m doing my best.’”

Hear more about the new album as well as some behind the scenes about her recent Shania Train-inspired performance in her conversation with Rob + Holly above.

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