Long-awaited new music from pop-country star Kelsea Ballerini is here. “Legends,” written by Ballerini, Hillary Lindsey, and Forest Glen Whitehead made its world premiere on The Bobby Bones Show, and she performed the new single later that night at the CMT Awards.
While the song was written from the angle of a breakup, the song has an uplifting, retrospective feel that admires the gravitas of a relationship: “We were golden, we were fire, we were magic / Yeah, and they all knew our names all over town.” It also has a sense of unity and pulling together through adversity: “Like we were written down in permanent marker / Not even the brightest sun could ever fade.”
And although the song is most prominently about a relationship, Ballerini also meant to express love and appreciation to her fans who’ve been there since day one. In an interview with People magazine Ballerini says, “It brings me back to the heartbreak I wrote it from, it makes me think of my fans and the journey we’ve shared, and now I sing it from the perspective of a legendary love story.”
Key lyrics: “We had it made in the middle of the madness/We were neon in a grey crowd”
“Tragic and epic and so amazing/I’ll always wear the crown that you gave me”
“Full of blood sweat and heartbeats/We didn’t do it for the fame or the glory/We just did it for you and me”
Ballerini is currently on the road with Lady Antebellum and Brett Young for the “You Look Good” World Tour.