Kelsea Ballerini Reflects On The Good With New Single 'What I Have'
It has been an interesting week for country songstress Kelsea Ballerini. Late last week the award winner announced her spilt from husband Morgan Evans after five years. In what seems like an ironically timely tune, Ballerini dropped her latest single "What I Have."
The powerful and emotional new song, , which Ballerini co-wrote with Cary Barlowe and Alysa Vanderhym, is a reminder to us all that what we have can be "good enough"
The often upbeat soul opted for a stripped-back production. “What I Have” boasts diary-entry lyrics that vulnerably and beautifully chronicle Ballerini's thoughts on comparison and contentment. For a genre described as “three chords and the truth,” and this song encapsulates that to a T.
“My neighbor’s grass is the hit of the street / But that don't mean mine ain't just as green / I've been comparin' shiny new toys / It's just the root of the thief of my joy / I know that's just the pony show,” Ballerini sings in the poignant first verse, before offering a changed perspective in the chorus.
'Cause I got a roof over my head / I've got a warm body in bed / I'm doin' all right, right where I'm at / With what I have,” she reflects over gently strummed guitar chords. Though simple, the no-frills instrumentation really allows the 28-year-old’s heart-on-sleeve sentiments and delivery to shine.
Ballerini first shared the personal tune at a Grand Ole Opry show in January. There, she told the audience that the past two years of living with pandemic-forced restrictions and changes gifted her with a renewed outlook on life.
Ballerini is also set to kick off her Heartfirst Tour on Sept. 23 in New York, N.Y. The 10-date run will include stops in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, before concluding in Mashantucket, Conn. Find tickets here.