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Country music has a long history of being open and inviting to anyone who wants to give our much-loved genre a try.

Well, almost anyone.

Don’t even think about it, Kanye.

And this process of being open to artists from other genres is certainly easier when they seem to fit right in — which looks to be the case for pop star Tori Kelly. The blonde talent and her crazy-amazing voice will be featured as the duet partner for none other than 24-year-old Chris Lane on his new single, “Take Back Home Girl.” And from the sounds of it, she is certainly welcome to stay a while.

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“I’ve always loved country music,” Tori said in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight.” “[But I] never actually did anything in the country world, so this was huge for me. I got a random text message from my manager sending me the song and he was like, ‘Do you like it?’ and I was like, ‘I actually am obsessed with it.’ He didn’t even tell me the artist or anything and we were like, ‘Cool! Let’s do it.'”

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“I’ve been a big fan of Tori’s for quite some time and I had this song that I was looking for a duet with,” added Chris. “They asked me, ‘Who’s your dream collaboration partner?’ and she was the first person I said.”

“Take Back Home Girl” will be available on all digital outlets Sept. 29, and will also appear on Chris’ upcoming sophomore album. You can hear a snippet of the song in the video above.

It’s official, another pop star is making her move into country music Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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