Exclusive: Kelsea Ballerini Debuts ‘The First Time’ Album Cover, Track Listing
At her Valentine's Day Grand Ole Opry debut, Kelsea Ballerini announced her debut album, The First Time. Now, she is exclusively revealing its cover artwork and track listing with The Boot and our partner site, Taste of Country.
The First Time's cover features a headshot of Ballerini -- who looks flawless with her blond hair in waves and wearing a light amount of makeup -- against a blue-ish, white-ish background. Ballerini's name adorns the cover's top right corner in bold gray letters, with the album's title scrawled beneath her name, in purple handwriting. The artwork is simple, which is a good move to familiarize listeners with the young singer-songwriter's face. You can see it below.
As for The First Time's track listing, you'll have to visit Taste of Country to see the whole thing, but we can tell you this much: There are 12 songs on the album, including Ballerini's debut single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," and she's excited for fans to hear "all of them, honestly!"
"There's a song called "Stilettos" that I play out a lot, but the produced version, I love so much," Ballerini tells The Boot. "There's a song called "Underage" that I'm really excited about. It's kind of like a young, anthem-y kind of song, which I gravitate towards, so I'm excited that I have one on my album.
"But I love them all!" she adds. "They're all like kids: You can't pick a favorite."
Ballerini wrote or co-write all of the songs on The First Time, and the up-and-coming artist says that selecting the songs for her debut album was a laborious process.
“It is so hard. It was so hard,” she says. “But, for me, what made me love the single and what made me want to lead with “Love Me Like You Mean It” was the confident-girl stance on it. And so, my whole album, I really wanted to have that theme of confidence in a girl, and being okay with who you are, and talking about heartbreak, and talking about all those things but trying to make it positive, and so with that mindset, it helped me narrow down songs for the album.”
The First Time is set for release on May 19 on Black River Entertainment.
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