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Kelsea Ballerini wasn’t looking for love when she met Australian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans in March 2016. The two artists were both Down Under for the CMC Awards, Australia’s answer to the CMA Awards, when they first connected, and Kelsea and Morgan were engaged to be married by December.


That may seem like a quick courtship, but Kelsea just knew Morgan was the one for her. That’s why she wrote the title track of her upcoming album, “Unapologetically.”

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Kelsea tells Rare Country, “I think it was a really freeing song for me to write because everyone has their opinions about how quick it happens and how young you are and everything. I think it was a moment for me, like, ‘Meh, I’m in.'”

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Kelsea thinks anyone who’s following their heart and making a big decision can identify with the message of “Unapologetically.”

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“I think whether it’s love or moving or whatever it is for someone … it’s [a] freeing thing to be unapologetic,” Kelsea added, while speaking with Rare Country on the “ACM Honors” red carpet.

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“Unapologetically” and “Legends” are the only two songs Kelsea has released from her upcoming sophomore album. We asked her how she’s choosing which songs she’ll let people hear before the project drops on November 3.

“It’s hard,” Kelsea says. “I’ve been so protective and overthought everything about this album, so we’re only releasing songs that I’ve been performing live. Nothing else new. So, people are getting to hear the actual album version of the songs that I’ve been doing on tour, and then everything else when the record comes out will be new.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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