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Kelsea Ballerini has enjoyed a busy and love-filled 2017 thanks to her skyrocketing music career and her engagement to fellow country artist Morgan Evans. They got engaged late last year, and she sings about that romance on her just-released sophomore album, “Unapologetically.”




The songs on the album are arranged in the order Kelsea lived them over the last few years, so the first part of the album covers a breakup she experienced before she met Morgan. About halfway through the project, Kelsea sings a song called “End of the World,” which addresses the surprise of meeting Morgan while performing in Australia.

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“It’s kind of a play on words, because people call Australia the end of the world ’cause it’s so far away,” Kelsea tells Rare Country. “But more than that, I think the sentiment of it is I feel like people really do find love when you’re not looking for it, or when you’ve given up on it, or when you’re not open to it, or lonely or whatever. That’s the heart of that song. It’s basically saying, ‘I closed the door. I locked the door. I shredded the door, and somehow, you grew a door, and I opened it. And now we’re getting married.'”

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She adds, “It’s the perfect introduction to love, which is the last part of the record.”

Even though Morgan hails from Australia and Kelsea grew up in East Tennessee, they haven’t had too many culture gaps to bridge over the course of their relationship. Kelsea admits she still can’t do an Australian accent to save her life, and there’s just one Australian thing Morgan does that she’s having trouble getting used to.

She says, “The biggest cultural difference, I would say, is he thinks that board shorts are pants. Board shorts, like swimming trunks that have Hawaiian flowers on them, he wears them to dinner. I think he’s just so used to waking up and going surfing. I’m like, ‘You’re in Nashville. There’s no water around.’ It’s adorable. I’ve grown to love it.”

We’ve been captivated by Kelsea’s music and her love story all year long here at Rare Country. As a result, Kelsea is up for Female Artist of the Year at the fan-voted Rare Country Awards. You can vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

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