Kelsea Ballerini has become one of the most successful new acts in country music. That’s mostly to do with impressive vocal abilities, which shine through in this stunning performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Although her hit tracks “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Lost Boy” are both solid, Ballerini is one of those aritsts who seem to have a lot of untapped potential. She’s an artist that sounds her best when the production is stripped back, allowing her voice to truly soar.
During her recent stop at the Opry, Ballerini chose to cover “Ghost in This House,” a song that was originally brought to the top of the charts by Shenandoah. However, Ballerini’s version sticks closely to the 1999 cover recorded by Alison Krauss.
This is one of those songs that can make or break a performance. There’s no busy instrumentation or energy to hide behind. The raw lyrics and stripped-down accompaniment puts the vocalist front and center. Ballerini pulls off the cover with style and grace, channeling some of country music’s greatest female singers in the process.
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Even if you aren’t a fan of Ballerini’s pop-leaning sound, this performance proves she’s a truly gifted artist that is capable of a long and fruitful career.