Kelsea Ballerini got to collaborate with her hometown hero, Kenny Chesney for the latest single, Half of My Hometown! The new single was recently released to radio and debuted in the top 50 on Billboard charts. This collaboration is a full circle moment. Ballerini co-wrote this song with Ross Copperman, Nicole Galyon, Shane McAnally and Jimmy Robbins. She recorded her vocals the day she wrote the song and her demo vocals are the final recording. She immediately texted Chesney the track asking him to sing it with her and the next day he responded to her saying he loved the song and wanted to figure things out on his end.
Half of My Hometown is a song about her relationship with her hometown as she has grown up. She moved away when she was just 15 and “she traded in prom queen for a big city dream.” At the age of 15, all she wanted was tp move to Nashville and be a country music singer and she thought that Knoxville was the place that was holding her back. Ballerini now realizes that she would not be the songwriter, artist, or person without her hometown.
With the music video premiering today, May 13th, at 3 pm Eastern Time, we are diving into the inspiration behind it. The Hole in the Bottle singer went back to her hometown to film this video! One scene is specifically on her hometown high school football field. Ballerini says that the video is going to be an exploration of what her life would be like if she never left her hometown. She continues to say that it was an easy video to create as it is a realistic picture of what her life would have looked like if she had stayed including working in cosmetology and a couple of children. This video just like her past videos, create a new meaning and bring a new life to the song especially when it is one that is so personal. Kelsea went to TikTok to show some behind the scenes photos from the day of shooting!
~ Brooklyn The Intern