'Subject To Change' is set for release on September 23.
"So y'all have been asking for months now if there's a collab on the album and I've hinted that there is," Ballerini says in a social media video. "I did post a little sneaky picture and you guys are spies and you did guess that it is indeed my girl Carly Pearce. But, but, but friends, I did fool you because it's not just Carly Pearce, we have a trio. Any guesses?"
Clarkson then enters, asking, "Do you wanna do a duet together? Or maybe possibly a trio?"
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Of the album, Ballerini says, “In my younger years, the idea of change scared me. It had proven to be a faceless force that patterned my past with uncertainty. Only in the gift of growth have I learned that in the stark and constant juxtaposition of life, living happens – that when I unclench my fists, undig my heels, and unravel the architecture built by youth, a true metamorphosis can happen.
“I’ve been searching somewhere between the broadness of the universe, and the simplicity in the little things, reflecting through wiser perspectives, leaning with body weight into matters of the heart, and finding blissful acceptance in the inner cracks I once cursed, but now let the light in to grow taller within myself. This is a season of becoming, healing, loving, dancing, and feeling. And like everything, it is subject to change.”
As well as the album’s release date, future singles, and symbolism in her whimsical Heartfirst music video, she previously noted the new project is influenced by strong female country artists.
“The sound… is definitely different than anything I have ever done. It is heavily influenced by I would say ’90s music in general, but definitely ’90s female country,” she explained.
Heartfirst is the first single from the new album. Ballerini penned the treatment for the elaborate music video, complete with multiple settings, costume changes and puffy heart vibes.
“This is only the second time I’ve written a video treatment, but I just had such a strong visual while writing Heartfirst that I couldn’t get out of my head. I wanted each vignette to represent a different side of the metaphor of chance while maintaining a breezy, whimsy-ness throughout. We start with a ’90s rom-com run-in, and then we go on a journey of my character’s reaction.”
“I’m constantly challenging myself to try different things and push my own boundaries,” she added. “I hope everyone feels that here, and I hope it sparks excitement on what’s to come.”
The album also contains the already released Love Is A Cowboy, The Little Things, What I Have and If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too).
Subject to Change follows Kelsea, released in March of 2020, and Ballerini, released that October.
Last month, Ballerini announced that she and her husband of almost five years, fellow country singer-songwriter Morgan Evans, had filed for divorce.
In a statement posted to Instagram stories on Monday, August 29, she wrote:
"Friends, I've always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while also protecting layers of my personal life as they unfold. This is now public record, so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce. This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end.
It's hard to find the words here...but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons. With very active schedules coming up, please be mindful that we are both fragile, actively healing, and showing up the best we can.”
Evans added his own statement, writing, “I am very sad to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise but sadly it is not.”
Keep up to date with Kelsea Ballerini on her Facebook page here.