Kelsea Ballerini Reveals Her ‘Biggest Goal’ in Releasing Two Albums in 2020

by Jennifer Shea

Country pop singer Kelsea Ballerini on Sunday shared her “biggest goal” in releasing two albums this year.

Ballerini responded to a Twitter user who recommended listening to her third and fourth studio albums, Kelsea and Ballerini, together by alternating songs chronologically.

Ballerini Tweets Back

“Thank you,” Ballerini tweeted Sunday. “It was my biggest goal that you would listen side by side and discover all the little nuances in each song.”

Ballerini has managed to put out two records in the middle of a global pandemic. But the pandemic’s effect on the music industry has shaken her, she told People this month. 

“This year for the music industry, the ripple effect has not just been for artists,” she said. “It’s really rippled down to bands, crew, bus drivers, bus companies, production, everything like that.” 

Fans’ Opinions Inform Setlist

Earlier this month, Ballerini did a virtual concert for Verizon’s customer loyalty program. The concert series showcased a lineup of all-female musicians.

Ballerini said she’s only been able to hold a couple of shows. “And this show, in particular, allowed me to not have to furlough my band. So that’s something that not a lot of people have talked about that I’m so grateful for. And that’s another reason that I’m so excited to perform — because I’ll know that not only am I getting to perform this new music for fans virtually, but it’s also a show that allowed me to keep paying my band and their families. So it’s a really, really big deal to me.”

Ballerini has been working on a setlist that incorporates both albums, she said. Moreover, she pays attention to fans’ opinions on social media.

“This is the second time that we had a setlist where we were able to kind of pick between the Kelsea album version and the Ballerini album version,” she said. “So it was really interesting. I really honestly have been just stalking people’s opinions on Twitter and Instagram on what version they liked better… This is really the first time we’ve been able to put it together.”