Kelsea Ballerini

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Kelsea Ballerini knows one thing for sure: her new album Subject to change coming this fall!

The country singer, 28, announced that her fifth studio album will be released on September 23 and explained that it was largely inspired by her newfound ability to accept change and all that comes with it.

“In my younger years, the idea of ​​change frightened me. It turned out to be a faceless force that shaped my past with uncertainty,” she said in a voiceover shared on social media. “It was only in the gift of growth that I learned that in the brutal and constant juxtaposition of life, life happens. That when I unclench my fists, dig up my heels and unravel the architecture built by youth, a true metamorphosis can occur.”

Ballerini continued: “I searched somewhere between the expanse of the universe and the simplicity in the small things, reflecting through wiser perspectives, leaning with the weight of the body on matters of the heart and finding a blissful acceptance into the inner cracks I once cursed that now lets the light in to grow within me. This is a season of becoming, of healing, of love, of dancing and of feelings. And like everything, it is subject to change.

The star also shared the album cover alongside the voice note, which shows her standing half-turned in a yellow dress against a turquoise blue background.

The “Heartfirst” singer’s album announcement was met with rave reviews on Instagram by stars like Reese Witherspoon, who commented, “Beautifully said! Can’t wait!” and Ballerini’s husband, Morgan Evans, whom she married in 2017.

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“Ooooooh here we go…🔥🔥🔥” he wrote.

Ballerini subtly teases album, which is her first since release Kelsea and its acoustic counterpart ballet flats in 2020, on social networks in recent days.

She even secretly shared the title of the album in an Instagram Q&A in which a fan asked for a clue about the name and release date.

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“Everything was so subject to change that I was hesitant to share anything until it was really correct,” Ballerini replied. “That being said, hold on to your boots, it’s about to be fun.”

Ballerini, who released the music video for the album’s first single “Heartfirst” last week, teased that her new era was soon to arrive in a series of photos taken along California’s Pacific Coast Highway in June.

“I drove the PCH and listened to the final mixes of my album today and now I’m going to eat copious amounts of sushi and drown in gratitude for this new little chapter we’ll be sharing together so soon 🌊🤍✨🥂” she wrote on Twitter.

The double Grammy nominee previously teased Subject to change during a chat with PEOPLE in April, and said the ’90s-tinged “Heartfirst” set the tone for what’s to come.

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“There’s a lot of nostalgia in this record,” she said. “It sounds really inspired by 90s, 90s country and 90s pop… I really wanted to start this next chapter with something that feels good. It’s airy, it’s happy, and I hope people hear that.”

She added: “It’s just a song about following your instincts and how everything good in life comes from an act of faith, especially love. Love is the greatest act faith you can ever do. It’s terrifying, and that’s the point. The song is about trusting each other [and] your heart.”

Ballerini also opened up about why she’s more than happy to experience the expectations of all that it means to be a country music artist.

“I just wonder why the boundaries are there in the first place. Like, who put them there? Why are they still there?” she says. “These are just questions I always ask myself. And since I’m really coming into my own as a woman in country music who has some success under my belt, I think it’s my duty to question everything. .”

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