Kelsea Ballerini brings rootsy “love and hate” to ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’

It may only be Tuesday, but Kelsea Ballerini’s already had a busy week of television performances.

The “hole in the bottle” star teamed up with Luis Fonsi of “Despacito” fame Monday night to perform a duet rendition of “Girasoles/Sunflowers” as part of the CBS special Essential Heroes: Momento Latino.

Next, Kelsea stopped by Good Morning America Tuesday to chat about how the COVID-19 pandemic inspired her to release a second album, ballerini, on the heels of her March project, kelsea.

“It was kind of my pivot,” she said, admitting a double album wasn’t necessarily the plan at the beginning of 2020.

“I made the album sound big and ready to tour, and I wanted it to sound like there would be confetti cannons and the whole thing, and then everything changed,” she added. “I needed to find a way to fall back in love with this body of work that I worked really hard on for a long time.”

So, she stripped down the songs and re-released them as ballerini, with production that better reflected the quarantine era.

“I love it differently now, and more in some ways. It’s been a real gift,” Kelsea added.

The singer then showcased the acoustic, interior sound she developed for ballerini with a performance of her new song, the reflective “love and hate.”

By Carena Liptak
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