When it comes to pop country, no name is bigger than Taylor Swift. However, Kelsea Ballerini is giving her a run for her money when it comes to the beloved genre.
For years, Taylor Swift was the golden standard when it came to being the pop-country princess. It looked like she was going to be retaking her crown last year when she re-released Fearless (Taylor’s Version.) However, after re-recording Red, Taylor has pretty much left the spotlight as she usually does.
With Taylor focusing on other ventures, it’s only right for someone to step up and take up the mantle, and it’s no surprise that Kelsea Ballerini is an easy fit. Most of us already know that Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini are friends. In addition, Kelsea has covered a few of Taylor’s songs in the past. Her latest single is just one example of how she is following Taylor’s lead while still being her own person.
If you’re looking for Fearless vibes, then Kelsea Ballerini is your girl.
Fearless is easily one of Taylor Swift’s most beloved works and it’s only right to feature a song that embodies those vibes. Kelsea Ballerini’s latest single does exactly that. Entitled “Heartfirst,” the song does an excellent job of showing off the newness of a relationship and the possibility of it all.
For those of us who are TS fans, we know how much Taylor loved to feature that within her first few albums. It’s only right that Kelsea would follow a similar path. Despite Kelsea being married, this song touches a lot on the excitement and fun of starting a new relationship “heart first.”
What makes this song so special is that it feels like Kelsea is blazing her trail while still paying homage to Taylor’s journey. Her first two albums held that same teenage angst as Taylor’s did, while her third and fourth albums leaned more into the pop-country genre. As for her latest single, it has the light and brightness that seemed to lack in her previous release.
Either way, it’s nice to see her returning to a happy and bubbly era. If you’re looking for a new spring listen or miss Taylor Swift, then give “Heartfirst” a try. It might be exactly what you need to help bust you out of a winter slump.