By Maxim Mower
Kelsea Ballerini surprised fans by performing a brand new unreleased song during her Grand Ole Opry performance, ‘To The Men Who Love Women After Heartbreak’.
The ‘Penthouse’ hitmaker performed the track alongside her two friends and ‘The Men Who Love Women After Heartbreak’ co-writers, Hillary Lindsey and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild.
The endearing new song serves as a tribute to the lovers that aren't afraid to pick up the pieces when they fall for someone who's still getting over the fresh wound of a heartbreak.
Kelsea Ballerini introduced ‘To The Men Who Love Women After Heartbreak’ by paying tribute to the fact that she's now in the midst of a new, happier era personally and musically, following the raw, vulnerable themes and dark, R&B-leaning sonics that underpinned her Grammy-nominated 2023 project, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.
The deftly composed record delved movingly into Kelsea Ballerini's divorce from fellow country artist, Morgan Evans, with the duo having ended their marriage in November 2022.
Kelsea Ballerini's newly shared track, which she teased previously on Thanksgiving, serves as a sweet celebration of her relationship with Outer Banks actor, Chase Stokes.
The closing lyrics allude to their romance, with Kelsea touchingly crooning, “When I met you I was jaded / Sad and complicated / You'll never know how much I needed you”.
As she spoke about the inspiration behind the song the Tennessee singer-songwriter explained, “I just wrote this song. It's new, and I made the very impulsive decision to just put the chorus out on Thanksgiving...the reality is I've been singing about a chapter of my life that is far past me now and I'm writing about the chapter of my life that I'm in, and it looks very different and I wanted to share a bit of it now”.
Excitingly, Kelsea Ballerini revealed she's working on a new album, “I'm very gently and slowly starting to make the next record, I really want to take the time to handle it with care...I couldn't not sing this song for the first time with two of the women I wrote it with, who happen to be two of the reasons that I am who I am as a songwriter and artist”.
As we keenly await more news regarding Kelsea's deluxe Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good) project, we're hoping the ‘Peter Pan’ chart-topper might make ‘To The Men Who Love Women After Heartbreak’ available before the year is up.
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