Kelsea Ballerini is set to perform her song “Leave Me Again” on the CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), and while the song already holds one of the final spots on her Rolling Up the Welcome Mat project, the singer says singing it live feels like the perfect way to close this chapter of music.
“I’m singing a song called ‘Leave Me Again’ which is the last song on Rolling Up the Welcome Mat,” she shares with Taste of Country backstage at the CMA Awards. “The whole record is like a journey — it’s like an emotional journey — and the ending, ‘Leave Me Again,’ is like the song that’s resolution. It’s closure and it’s peace. And that’s where I’m at in my life now. It’s where I’ve been for quite awhile.”
“I’m really excited to end this year and this chapter of music with that. It feels very — like a full circle — and like we can close the door on it and do it well,” she adds.
Ballerini’s EP takes a deep dive into her divorce from fellow singer Morgan Evans after five years of marriage. Each track is a raw telling of her perspective throughout the dissolution of the couple’s relationship.